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Pacific Dental Services Celebrates Compassion Month

By Chelsey McConnell

People typically display their admiration for a loved one with roses or chocolates during the month of February. However, PDS® employees found more meaningful ways to spread joy and compassion to communities and organizations that need it most during Compassion Month.

One of the ways that PDS connected with the community was through volunteering. On February 8th, PDS team members served as mentors at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana by helping the children with homework, assisting with a healthy habits activity and playing flag football to show the importance of staying active. Kyle McCluney, an Onboarding Coordinator in People Relations, described his volunteer experience at the Boys & Girls Club as “the highlight of his week.” When describing the volunteers’ initial interaction with the kids, he shared that the children “ran right up to [them] with beaming smiles and proceeded to hug each of [them].”

Boys & Girls Club Volunteers

One of the other volunteer events that was especially meaningful to our volunteers was with the Blind Children’s Learning Center. On February 21st, Pacific Dental Services volunteers helped prepare four STEM-based sensory activities for the children at the Center and learned how to write the children’s names in Braille onto each of their activities.

Blind Children's Learning Center Volunteers

In addition to volunteering, another way Pacific Dental Services served the community in February was through donations. Around the country, PDS-supported dental offices organized collection drives that gathered everything from diapers for Olive Crest to canned food for local Food Banks, and from blessing bags for Mobile Loaves and Fishes to blood donations for Bonfils Blood Center.

Diaper Drive

With compassionate team members and supported dentists across the United States, Pacific Dental Services has the power to make a huge impact on the communities we serve.

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About Chelsey McConnell

Chelsey McConnell is the We Serve Specialist at Pacific Dental Services®. Volunteering and giving back is not an isolated experience, it’s transformative and that’s why Chelsey focuses her efforts on developing impactful opportunities for PDS® employees to engage with the community. Chelsey received her BA from University of California, Davis in Psychology & Education and received her MA in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University. Her passions include spending quality time with family, DIY home projects, traveling, and soaking up the California sunshine.