Effingham Unit 40 Mentoring Program Receives $2,000 Donation from Heartland Dental Care

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Leading Dental Support Organization Supports Local Mentoring Initiative

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Heartland Dental Care is thrilled to give back to this wonderful community by supporting such a worthy cause as the Mentoring Program.

Heartland Dental Care graciously donated $2,000 to the Effingham Unit 40 Mentoring Program, an initiative dedicated to providing mentorship to local children in need.

“Heartland Dental Care is thrilled to give back to this wonderful community by supporting such a worthy cause as the Mentoring Program,” said Patrick Bauer, President and Chief Operating Officer at Heartland Dental Care. “The coordinators of the initiative and those volunteering their time are making a huge impact on the lives of our local youth. Many HDC employees serve as mentors in the program as well.”

Now in its 13th year, the program was started by social worker Kim Varner in 2000 and continues to add more and more students. Accepted mentors must commit to one school year involvement of weekly meetings. Most mentors continue in subsequent years meeting with the same student. Attendance is encouraged for two special evening events and occasional "brown bag meetings" where mentors and staff meet to share information and questions.

“The children we help may not have strong role models in their lives. With the Mentoring Program, we’re able to fill that void,” said Kathy Nava-Sifuentes, Central School Program Facilitator. “It helps them with their grades, their attendance and gives them an advantage they otherwise wouldn’t have.”

For more information on getting involved, please contact Kathy Nava-Sifuentes at navasifu(at)gw(dot)effingham(dot)k12(dot)il(dot)us or by calling 217-540-1413. You can also visit http://www.effingham.k12.il.us/community/mentoringprogram/becomingamentor/.

About Heartland Dental Care

Heartland Dental Care is one of the leading dental services organizations in the United States with more than 440 affiliated dental offices located within 25 states. Based in Effingham, Illinois, Heartland Dental Care supports over 700 affiliated dentists and 5,000 team members by offering continuing professional education and leadership training along with a variety of non-clinical administrative services including staffing, human relations, procurement, administration, financial, marketing and information technology. For more information, visit http://www.HeartlandDentalCare.com. Follow Heartland Dental Care, LLC on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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