Volunteers

WDA Mission of Mercy Logo

All volunteers, with the exception of setup, tear down, data entry, patient registration, volunteer registration and hospitality, must be 18 years of age at the time of the event to volunteer at Mission of Mercy. For those volunteer positions listed, the minimum age is 16. There are no exceptions to these age limits.


WDA Mission of Mercy 2018

This year marks the ninth Mission of Mercy for the WDA and WDA Foundation. We thank our volunteers and donors for your continued support.

It’s amazing what can happen when people and communities work together! Just look at what we’ve accomplished with 9,445 volunteers at our first eight WDA and WDA Foundation Mission of Mercy events:

  • $9.18 million in care provided
  • 13,715 children and adult patients

It takes more than people – it takes dollars and in-kind donations to make it happen as well. Special thanks to the sponsors who contributed to our first nine MOMs:

  • Delta Dental of Wisconsin Foundation
  • First Supply
  • Henry Schein Dental
  • Dr. Tim and Mrs. Sue Durtsche
  • Professional Insurance Programs – a division of WDA Insurance and Services Corp.

Volunteering in 2018

Registration for the 2018 MOM is now closed.  Limited walk in registrations will be accepted.  Our main need is for clinicians on Saturday.  Thank you!

  • Location: Exposition Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park 8200 W. Greenfield Ave. West Allis, WI 53214
  • Setup: Thursday, June 21
  • Volunteer registration will be open from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. if volunteers would like to come by early to pick up their registration materials and tour the clinic.
  • Treatment: Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23
  • Doors open 5:30 a.m. Patients seen on first-come, first-served basis with approximately 1,000 individuals treated each day. Patient quota typically reached by 10 a.m., so come early!
  • Teardown: Saturday, June 23 from clinic close to completion

All volunteers, with the exception of setup, tear down, data entry, patient registration, volunteer registration and hospitality, must be 18 years of age at the time of the event to volunteer at Mission of Mercy. For those volunteer positions listed, the minimum age is 16. There are no exceptions to these age limits.

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Hotels

Be sure to mention you are with the Wisconsin Dental Association Mission of Mercy event.

Sleeping rooms have been blocked for WDA MOM volunteers at the following Milwaukee area hotels:

 

Hampton Inn & Suites
8201 W. Greenfield Ave.
West Allis, WI 53214
414-436-2300
Contract Rate – $124/night
Ask for the Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation/Mission of Mercy rate. Please note room block is available up to May 19, 2018.

Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel
375 S. Moorland Rd.
Brookfield, WI 53005
262-364-1100 – ask for reservations
Contract Rate – $95/night
Ask for the Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation/Mission of Mercy rate. Please note room block is available up to June 6, 2018.

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Where to park

Parking map

Parking at Wisconsin State Fair Park is $6 per car, but in keeping with the spirit of this charitable event, the WDA Foundation will pay for all volunteer and patient parking during the WDA Mission of Mercy. We have not incurred this type of expense during the past 8 clinics, but parking fees are unavoidable due to the 2018 location.

This added expense will be substantial, so we encourage carpooling, taking public transportation or use street parking in the area whenever possible. If you plan on parking on State Fair Park grounds, please print this Volunteer Parking Pass to assist with entry at Gate 4.

If you would like to make a donation to assist us in covering this expense, please click here.

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What to bring

The same Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Centers for Disease Control guidelines that apply in the dental office also apply at MOM. Clinicians should bring their own protective eyewear. Eyewear is only provided to those working in sterilization.

Everyone treating patients, as well as those in sterilization, will be required to wear clinic gowns. Masks, gloves and disposable gowns will be provided, however you may prefer to bring your own for personal use.

There are no guarantees that we’ll have specific products, because supplies are donated whenever possible. For some, an enjoyable volunteer experience means using a specific instrument or material when working. If that is the case for you, please bring your own items.

There is a process in place to help ensure that you get your personal instruments back after they have been sterilized. Bringing your instruments in cassettes helps save time, otherwise each instrument is individually bagged.

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Stools

There will be a stool for every dentist and dental hygienist working in restorative, endodontics and hygiene. However, there won’t be enough stools for all the assistants. Please consider bringing a stool or two from your office, especially if you have a comfortable one that you like to sit on.

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What not to bring

Please leave valuables at home or lock them up out of sight in the trunk of your vehicle. Note we do not have a secured area for you to leave personal belongings, such as purses, car keys, cell phones, etc.

Small, zippered-pouch name badge holders will be available and are good for holding a couple keys and tube of lip balm, but that’s about all.

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Volunteer meals

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for volunteers on site in a break room away from the clinic floor.

Because most of the food served is donated we can’t guarantee that every special dietary need can or will be accommodated, so please plan accordingly.

Only water in a covered cup or bottle is allowed on the clinic floor. No open-top beverages will be allowed.

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What to wear

Dress comfortably. You will be doing a lot of walking or standing, so comfortable, close-toed shoes are a must.

All volunteers will receive a short-sleeve T-shirt. Please wear the shirts provided, so you can easily be identified as a volunteer. Wear pants, jeans, shorts or skirts – whichever you prefer. However, shorts and skirts should be of a length that is appropriate for a professional atmosphere and family setting that shows respect for patients.

Every effort is made to maintain a comfortable temperature inside the clinic, but it is nearly impossible for it to be comfortable for everyone in such a large group. Therefore, you may choose to wear layers under the volunteer scrub top or T-shirt provided or a sweater or jacket that allows your volunteer shirt to show. Having the option to change into shorts and/or pants is also a good idea.

As noted under “What to bring,” clinicians should bring their own protective eyewear. Dental gowns are required on the clinic floor for all dentists, hygienists and assistants. One size fits all dental gowns will be provided if needed.

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Out-of-state licensed volunteers

All dentists and dental hygienists volunteering must have a current Wisconsin license.

Volunteers holding a license from another state may obtain a temporary, no-fee, charity permit through the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing.

Click the following links for more information and to download an application:

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Volunteer and Department Protocol


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