PDS Brings Play and Healthy Smiles to Houston, TX and Inglewood, CA
PDS®-supported clinicians and volunteers served the community’s dental needs in two different states and build two playgrounds for Braveheart 2014.
By Kyle Guerin
Two PDS regions represented big for Braveheart 2014. On October 18, 2014, over 175 volunteers from the Gulf Coast and North Central Texas dug, drilled, hammered, and shoveled away to build a playground for the Houston CAN Academy. The Houston CAN Academy’s mission is to provide the highest-quality education to all students, especially those who have struggled in a traditional high school setting, in order to ensure their economic independence.
In addition to building a playground, volunteers built two shade structures, eight picnic tables, four Mendocino benches, six garden beds, two art panels, two trash bins, created several beautiful landscapes, mixed and poured nearly 175 bags of concrete, and moved 143 cubic yards of mulch. On top of that, in partnership with the PDS Serve Foundation™ Mobile Dental Clinic, PDS-supported clinicians served over 70 patients and provided more than $51,000 in donated dentistry.
A few weeks later on November 1, 2014, the Pacific South Coast Region came in full force to Inglewood, Calif. with help from the National Support Center. Over 200 volunteers came to the Environmental Charter Middle School to build a playground and serve the dental needs of the community. They also built two shade structures, eight Mendocino benches, eight garden beds, four trash containers, created a paved pathway, mixed and poured nearly 175 bags of concrete, and moved 150 cubic yards of mulch! PDS-supported clinicians, in partnership with the PDS Serve Foundation Mobile Dental Clinic, also served over 115 patients and provided more than $62,000 in donated dentistry.
Of course, none of this would be possible without PDS’s long-term partnership with nonprofit organization KaBOOM!, whose mission is to bring play to kids who need it most.
We look forward to many more Braveheart events in the future. Until then, please find it within yourself to open your brave heart to serve!
About Pacific Dental Services (PDS)
Founded in 1994, PDS is one of the country’s leading dental support organizations, providing Supported Autonomy that allows dentists to concentrate on Clinical Excellence and the highest levels of cost-effective comprehensive patient care. PDS originated the PRIVATE PRACTICE +® model to allow dentists to focus on their passion: serving patients. PDS also pioneered the concept of modern dentistry, enabling dentists to combine advances in technology with the best operational practices and procedures, highly skilled support staff and a commitment to ongoing training and education. PDS has grown to over 400 supported dental offices across the western, central and southeastern United States.