Project: Dentists Care
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About Project: Dentists Care
Project: Dentists Care Inc. (PDC) is a nonprofit, charitable organization formed in 1993. This dental access-to-care program was established by the Florida Dental Association (FDA) and supported by the Florida Dental Association Foundation. It consists of numerous organizations in Florida who provide a safety net of preventive and restorative dental care to those in greatest need. Many FDA members volunteer their time and services with these organizations to provide oral health care to the underserved.
The mission of PDC is to establish dental-access programs statewide. Patients who receive services under PDC are typically low-income individuals that don't qualify for public assistance but have the greatest unmet needs.
Each PDC chapter is registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (Solicitation of Contributions) and tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Besides providing dental care to underserved population groups, member and associate organizations provide valuable data on the pro bono and reduced-fee services they provide. This will assist the FDA in presenting a more complete picture of the community service provided by volunteer dentists working in the private and nonprofit sectors.
In 2011, PDC affiliates reported approximately $10 million in care given to underserved people in the Florida. In addition, Give Kids a Smile events in Florida reported approximately $1 million worth of care to children in the state.