Madison Dentists to Host a Recruiting and Volunteer Appreciation Banquet for Madison Area Dental Professionals Caring for the Homeless

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Madison dentists Laura Tills, DDS and Matthew Kutz, DDS, on behalf of the Madison Dental Initiative, are hosting an appreciation banquet for volunteers of MDI. The Madison Dental Initiative provides free dental care to the homeless population of Dane County. The banquet is being held to thank volunteers for their past and ongoing service and to recruit additional volunteer staff for this important project.

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On Friday, November 16 at 6:00pm at Brocach Irish Pub (7 West Main Street Madison, WI 53703) in Downtown Madison, Madison Dental Initiative co-founders Laura Tills and Matthew Kutz are hosting a banquet to recognize past and present volunteers that are part of the MDI project. Since 2009, the Madison Dental Initiative or MDI provides free quality dental care to the residents of the Salvation Army homeless shelter in Madison, WI. Boasting 20 volunteer dentists and scores of other student and professional volunteers, MDI has provided weekly services to hundreds of patients in need.

The banquet on Friday represents a chance for volunteers to be appreciated for their contribution. It also offers MDI co-founders and Madison dentists Laura Tills and Matthew Kutz an opportunity to build community awareness of this project and recruit additional dental professionals to serve on the MDI staff. According to Dr. Tills, "The need for dental care far surpasses what we can provide right now with our current volunteer staff. We currently have 20 volunteer dentists and I'd like to see 20 more."

MDI performs it's volunteer dental services for the homeless and those in need at the Salvation Army Thursday Night Dental Clinic. Three days a month and every Thursday evening, at least one dentist is present to provide services to Madison area residents in need of dental care. Many of the patients are children. Tills and Kutz would like to expand the free services to 3 times a week. Dr. Tills notes, "We have three dental chairs that sit there empty and patients that could line up forever. So our limitation is just someone to provide the care."

Over the 3 years since its inception, the Madison WI dentists volunteering at MDI have provided free dental services worth nearly $300,000. This includes the equivalent value of procedures performed, patient visits, x-rays, student volunteer hours, and professional volunteer hours. The clinic has helped patients receive fillings and extractions, as well as preventive measures such as deep periodontal cleanings and dental sealants.

The Salvation Army Dental Clinic was made possible through the efforts of MDI co-founders Tills and Kutz, along with Lisa Bell, RDH, as well as collaboration with the Salvation Army and the MEDiC Salvation Army Clinic. A grant was also secured which helped provide funding for setup costs and equipment. MDI also accepts donations. "If you're not a dentist, the best way to help is by donating to the Madison Dental Initiative. All donated money goes directly to patient care in terms of supplies, equipment, and technology," said Tills.

Donations can be made to MDI to support this project at the MDI website: http://www.mdidental.org/. Dr. Tills said, "We always encourage donations to this important cause, but this banquet is focused on celebrating and acknowledging our wonderful volunteers. They show up each week for their assigned times for no compensation other than a pat on the back. We appreciate them so much."

About Us: Madison Dental Initiative provides free dental care to the homeless population of Dane County since 2009. Madison dentists and MDI co-founders Laura Tills, DDS and Matthew Kutz, DDS are active participants in the dental community of Madison and the surrounding areas. To learn more about Tills and Kutz, visit their private practice website (Riverplace Dental, 604 River Place, Monona, WI 53716) at http://www.riverplacedental.com/ and call (608) 222-9142.

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