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The MDS has curated the below oral health volunteer opportunities for those who wish to make a sustainable improvement in oral health care in their communities and abroad.

Participating in a volunteer project opens up tremendous opportunities for new experiences and career enhancements, allows one to appreciate another culture or way of life, and makes a positive contribution to the community in which the project is located.


Project Stretch: Dentistry Reaching Out to Children

Project StretchProject Stretch was founded in 1988 by a small group of dental professionals interested in providing vital dental services to needy children.  Dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, and dental and hygiene students make up the bulk of our volunteers, but everyone is needed.  Membership is $25 and we meet every other month at our office in Natick, MA.We generally hold three fundraisers a year with the main one in November.

Current projects include Mexico, Hondourous, Georgia, and Rhode Island. In Massachusetts, we volunteer in Worcester, Boston, Fall River, and Lawrence.

Special Olympics - Special Smiles

Special Smiles2For more than 10 years, Special Olympics has been serving athletes by offering free health screenings and health information at local, regional and World Games. In 1997, the Healthy Athletes® initiative was launched to provide health screenings free of charge at Special Olympics competitions. Offered in a welcoming, fun environment, these screenings educate athletes on healthy lifestyle choices and identify problems that may need additional follow-up.
Healthy Athletes currently offers health screenings in seven areas: Fit Feet (podiatry), FUNfitness (physical therapy), Health Promotion (better health and well-being), Healthy Hearing (audiology), MedFest (sports physical exam), Opening Eyes (vision) and Special Smiles (dentistry).



Volunteers in Medicine of the Berkshires

The Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Berkshires (VIM)  is dedicated to making our community a better place by enhancing the health of all residents. The Volunteers in Medicine Clinic will provide healthcare services in a respectful and caring environment on the following foundation:

  • Volunteer professional staff
  • Preventive medical, dental, and mental health services
  • Non-Profit
  • Income-qualified uninsured

VIM serves Southern Berkshire County and nearby Connecticut and New York towns.





Cape CARES sends teams of dental, medical, and optical professionals, as well as translators and support personnel to Honduras eight to ten times annually. We provide free medical and dental services to people in remote locations where there is no access to on-going medical treatment. Our trips are one week in duration; a team spends the entire week at one of our three clinic sites. On average, a team treats anywhere from 400 to 600 patients in one week. Our volunteer fee of $600  (if submitted  more than 3 month before a trip departure and $650.00 if within 3 months) covers accommodations, meals, in-country transportation, and in-country volunteer insurance. Many of our volunteers return year after year and have developed friendships with the people in the villages we visit.



Give Kids a Smile Day

give a kid a smile dayGive Kids A Smile (GKAS) is the ADA's major oral health outreach program, launched to encourage parents, health professionals and policymakers to address this important health issue. Each year on the first Friday in February, thousands of the nation's dentists and their dental team members provide free oral health care services to children from low-income families across the country.

The ADA's Give Kids A Smile® program enhances the oral health of large numbers of needy children. Give Kids A Smile activities also highlight for policy makers the ongoing challenges that low-income families face in finding dental care.


Smiles for Success

Smile for SuccessThe mission of Smiles for Success is to offer cost-free dental care to women graduates of accredited job readiness and placement programs or other community-based agencies thus helping those who are helping themselves. Smiles for Success is affiliated with numerous job readiness programs in over 30 states. The dental care offered is meant to be a short-term solution to those who need treatment unavailable to them through government programs or traditional insurance as they move from public assistance to the working world. Smiles for Success provides an opportunity for the dental community to effectively assist women who are on public assistance confidently obtain employment and financial independence.



Dentistry from the Heart 

Dent from the heartDentistry From The Heart is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to providing free dental care to those who need it. Every year, individual dentists and practices across the country donate their time and resources to host their own DFTH events. In support, the national organization serves to recruit, unify, and promote on a national level.

MYCHIP (Masonic Youth Child Identification Program)

 MYCHIP (Masonic Youth Child Identification Program) has identified more than 275,000 children since its inception in 1988, and it continues to assist families today. The program provides tools to help law enforcement authorities find and identify a lost or missing child. The Masons of Massachusetts, partnering with the Massachusetts Crime Prevention Officers Association and the Massachusetts Dental Association, donate MYCHIP resources to make this service available to the public. The free program provides a videotape, fingerprinting, cheek swab, and a Toothprint.



America's Tooth Fairy 

Americas ToothFairy

The goal of America's ToothFairy is to eliminate pediatric oral disease and promote overall health and well being for millions of children from vulnerable populations. We do this by being a comprehensive resource provider for non-profit community programs delivering critical preventive, educational and treatment services.



 Women of Means 

Roseanna H. Means, MD, founded Women of Means in 1999 "to improve the lives of women who are homeless or marginally housed through quality health care, education and advocacy." Women of Means sends teams of volunteer doctors and staff nurses into shelters in and around Boston to cut through red tape and provide free, patient-centered medical care to women and children. A team of over 20 volunteer and paid medical professionals work to:

  •  Improve immediate access to health care for the Commonwealth's poorest women and children.  
  •  Provide medical supplies and equipment to health care professionals and shelter staff treating indigent populations.  
  •  Share Women of Means alternative medical delivery model with other health care professionals.  
  •  Advocate for the women at clinical, social justice, academic and health policy levels.  




Smiles Change Lives

Smiles Change Lives Logo

Smiles Change Lives promotes and provides access to life-changing, essential orthodontic treatment for children from low-income families. Based in Kansas City, the program has treated more than 1,200 children since 1997. Smiles Change Lives has emerged as the nation’s leader in providing access to orthodontic care for underserved youth.



Elder Dental

 Elder Dental works with dentists to help provide much needed dental care in your office to seniors without dental insurance for a reduced rate. At Elder Dental, patients are referred on a case by case basis and an office can take as many or as few patients as they are able to handle.  Our program was developed by dentists to make volunteering easy to fit into the course of the workday.   Volunteers needed in the Massachusetts communities of Attleboro, Canton, Dedham, Foxboro, Mansfield, Medfield, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Norton, Norwood, Plainville, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Sharon, Walpole, Westwood, Wrentham and others upon request. 


National Oral Cancer Awareness Month

  April is National Oral Cancer Awareness Month and is sponsored by the Oral Cancer Foundation. The Foundation is looking for dentists to volunteer to perform oral cancer screenings during the month of April in their own offices. The Oral Cancer Foundation's goal is to have 10,000 dentists nationwide participate in this program.

Student United for America's ToothFairy-University/College

Students United for America’s ToothFairy (SUAT) chapters provide vital oral health education programs and delivery of preventive services for at-risk children and their families.





Get a Head Start on Giving a Smile

Boy brushingAre you looking to donate your time and services one day a year in your office? Check out the ADA Give Kids A Smile Program. The ADA offers lots of planning help, such as tips and tool kits to help make your smile-giving day a success.Learn More

Request Resources

To order oral health promotional products (toothbrushes, brushing timers, etc.) and informational brochures, please visit the MDS Resource Center


Request Media Outreach

To request media outreach services for a community event or program, including press release distribution to local media, please email