Organizers are preparing for a second two-day event that offers free dental care, and are looking for volunteers to help. It’s called “Iowa Mission of Mercy” or I-MOM and the chair of the event, dentist Richard Hettinger of Sioux City, says you don’t have to know how to drill a cavity to get involved.
He says they need dental professionals, they also need lay volunteers for a variety of things from escorting people through to serving food to patients. “Just about anybody that wants to help somebody, we can find a place for you to work,” Hettinger says. He says all it takes is a little time.
Hettinger says they need far more lay volunteers who are not dental professionals than they do dental professionals. The last mission was in Waterloo last fall and there were over 1,200 people show up to take advantage of the care. Hettinger expects a similar turnout this time. [Read more…]