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The CDS phone lines buzzed this week with news of local events in need of dental volunteers. Consider spending a day with the patients at one of these free clinics:

1)  Catholic Charities and the DuPage County Health Department have organized a Back To School event in Villa Park Wednesday, Aug. 7. Both adults and children will be treated at the Odium, beginning at 11 a.m. Volunteers are needed for half-day shifts; all that is needed to volunteer is a copy of a current license, name, email address and phone number, and glove size.

For more information contact the DuPage County Health Department at 630.221.7572

2)  The CURE Network is hosting its next free clinic event Saturday, Sept. 7, in McCook. Dental screenings will be done at the Max, beginning at 8:30 a.m., and patients will be shuttled to nearby offices for further care. Also on site, patients may receive vision care and general medical screenings.

Find more information and volunteer at

3)  If you plan to be at the ADA Annual Session in New Orleans this fall, make time to participate in the ADA Mission of Mercy Sunday, Nov. 3. Oral health care will be provided to approximately 1,000 local residents on a first-come, first-served basis. Services include basic dental care such as fillings, extractions and cleanings. Limited lab work will also be offered.

The care will be provided by volunteers from around the country in a temporary 100-chair clinic set-up at Mardi Gras World. Find more information at

4)  Closer to home, the CDS Foundation Clinic is always looking for volunteers to treat uninsured patients from Lake, Cook and DuPage counties in its brand new Wheaton facility. Since opening the doors in February, the clinic has welcomed more than 250 patients of record. All care is delivered by volunteer professionals, at no cost to patients.

Learn more by contacting the clinic directly: or 630.260.8530.



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