Midland's Helping Hands Dental Clinic was awarded significant grant dollars from area foundations, including $40,000 approved by our board of trustees last quarter. A huge expansion/renovation was recently completed; the clinic is now capable of serving all Medicaid-eligible adults in Midland. Turns out, oral health is vital to overall health. The American Dental Association calls oral disease “a silent epidemic affecting our most vulnerable citizens – children, the elderly, people with special needs, and adults who lack access to affordable dental care." It's also entirely preventable, which is why clinics like Helping Hands are important. Bonus: it features the only Versatilt system in the state of MI, allowing dental staff to safely tilt back individuals in wheelchairs. Helping Hands staff say any dentist in the area is welcome to bring their wheelchair-bound patients in to use the system. Sharing is caring. BTW, here's a list of all our most recent grants.
Visiting hours with Jolly Ol' St. Nick = extended.
Starting this week and lasting until December 23rd, the Santa House will be open every day from 1:30pm - 4:30pm and 6pm - 9pm. You might even get a surprise visit from a few reindeer! Don't forget to tour downtown Midland with the kids (or without, you're never too old after all) aboard the Northern Star Train, running each evening at 6pm. Last call 8:30pm. As always, the Santa House and train rides are a free gift to the community and our visitors, courtesy of Midland Area Community Foundation donors and volunteers. We love this city.
National Standards? Check.
Your community foundation was recently re-accredited to meet the highest possible standards for community foundations in the nation. This means we're committed to the important stuff: transparency, quality, integrity, accountability. We're here to serve you, our community. "This is important to our donors," said Sharon Mortensen, MACF President & CEO. "When people make a charitable bequest or establish a fund, they are putting their trust in us. They are counting on us to manage the investment wisely and honor their charitable wishes." So we're taking a moment to pat ourselves on the back. Okay, moment over. Back to work.