Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteering Opportunities in the U.S. (By state)


  • Missions of Mercy   Check the link to find the latest information for the upcoming project.


  • Missions of Mercy  There are also golf tournament fund raisers for this MOM program.



  • CDA Cares,   Free care often held at the Anaheim Convention Center. Contact Kevin Lewis Assistant Coordinator 916.554.4969 for details and dates.

  • Los Angeles, Care Harbor  is an event -based project that is “a destination for health and hope; a gateway to sustainable care.” The Mission “is to promote the health and well-being of underserved populations by creating new pathways to accessible, sustainable care. Communities that work together to provide all individuals with the opportunity to live healthy, productive lives.”


  • COMOM,  Programs are held annually, Pueblo in 2017, and Greely Nov. 2-3, 2018


  • Missions of Mercy,This popular national program is offered in many states. Here are videos of past events.  Also, we are assured that  insurance coverage can be arranged for a retired dentist with an active license, and there are non-clinical opportunities for those no longer holding an active license.


  • Florida Mission of Mercy,  In 2016 the MOM program was held in Jacksonville and $2.5 million worth of services were provided.  Check the website for information about the next program.

  • Naples, Friendship Centers call 239-566-7425. “Volunteers can work hours around their new retired life in Naples”. In 2016, Friendship Centers were THE safety net for close to 15,000 seniors living in southwest Florida. They provided over a half million individual “units of service” to older adults in the arenas of medical and dental services, caregiving, meals, exercise classes, lifelong learning, economic assistance, and socialization. Through state and local partnerships, they improved the health of thousands of uninsured seniors on limited incomes. Watch video.

  • Sarasota, Friendship Centers.   In 2016, Friendship Centers were THE safety net for close to 15,000 seniors living in southwest Florida. They provided over a half million individual “units of service” to older adults in the arenas of medical and dental services, caregiving, meals, exercise classes, lifelong learning, economic assistance, and socialization. Through state and local partnerships, they improved the health of thousands of uninsured seniors on limited incomes. Watch video.

  • St. Augustine, Good Samaritan Health Centers. The Wildflower Clinic is part of this Center.  The mission of Good Samaritan Health Centers, Inc. is to advance the health and well-being of qualifying St. Johns County residents requiring medical and dental care. Our clinics seek to promote optimal health outcomes through direct patient services and individualized instruction in a caring, compassionate environment.   Good Samaritan Health Centers, Inc. provides free medical and dental services and health education to St. Johns County residents who are uninsured and whose income falls at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Clinics operated by the Good Samaritan Health Centers are open to all regardless of race, gender, religion, or creed. For direct personal attention call the Volunteers Coordinator, Carol  A. Bender, at 904-738-6523. She’ll be happy to help.

  • Venice, Friendship Centers. In 2016, Friendship Centers were THE safety net for close to 15,000 seniors living in southwest Florida. They provided over a half million individual “units of service” to older adults in the arenas of medical and dental services, caregiving, meals, exercise classes, lifelong learning, economic assistance, and socialization. Through state and local partnerships, they improved the health of thousands of uninsured seniors on limited incomes. Watch video.


  • Atlanta, The Ben Massell Dental Clinic  The BMDC needs volunteer dentists in all specialties. We’re not asking for a huge commitment – just a half day each month. The Ben Massell Dental Clinic (BMDC) has provided the most advanced dental care available to Atlanta’s neediest patients for the past century. The clinic has come a long way since it began as a general health clinic more than 100 years ago. With 7,900 square feet, 16 operatories, including two hygiene rooms and the latest state-of-the-art technology in dental equipment, we serve thousands of patients each year, and demand is growing.


  • Chicago, Goldie’s Place  Goldie’s Place is a support center for people who are homeless. For over 19 years we have helped our participants transform themselves into healthy, hopeful, and productive members of the community by offering a unique combination of services, including employability training, free dental care and job placement. Based on our belief in human potential, Goldie’s Place assists adults who are homeless to become self-supporting and financially independent by providing confidence-building dental treatment, career development, job placement, and retention support.

  • South Barrington, Willow Creek Care Center, – When the storms hit, the Willow Creek Care Center is ready to help.The Care Center team is passionate about providing immediate relief in times of crisis, as well as guiding people toward long-term solutions. From groceries and shelter to education, employment services, and legal consultation, the Care Center takes a holistic approach to serving people in need. Most of all, the Care Center offers an environment of love, compassion, and hope, where authentic relationships can flourish.


  • Indiana MOM  Indiana’s MOM program has been very successful.  Check the website for details, dates, and location.


  • IMOM   The Iowa MOM program has been operating since 2008. Check the website for details and dates.




  • Access Carroll County Westminster Maryland.  This outstanding new facility’s mission is: “To champion health and provide quality integrated health services for low income residents of Carroll County, Maryland”. It’s operation is  coordinated with U of Md Dental School to have students rotate through the the clinic under supervision.

  • Baltimore, The Samuel D. Harris National Dental Museum is looking for volunteers to conduct tours of the museum.  This is an opportunity to influence children in their career choices, to impact visitors’ understanding of cultural diversity and ethnic accomplishments, and to instill oral health as an important part of everall health.  For as little as 3 hours a week, you can make a difference.The National Museum of Dentistry is open Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm, and closed on most major holidays.


  • Great Barrington: Volunteers in Medicine, Berkshires,  provides access to free, comprehensive healthcare for those in the Berkshire Massachusetts region who are income-qualified and uninsured or under-insured. We are seeking volunteer dentists, hygienist and assistants to provide service to our growing population, either directly or by supervising dental students. Interested professionals can contact via 413-528-4014.


  • Detroit: Care Harbor  is using the the Los Angeles, California model for this program. Check the website for up-to-date information.

  • Grand Rapids, Mel Trotter Ministries Clinic Services.  This ministry is part of a Christian-based community services project dating back to 1900. It functions around a 7 part program to support hungry, homeless, and hurting people of Grand Rapids. The program includes finding sources of Income, Education, Faith, Housing, Community Support, and Wholeness for those in need. Dental care is provided free (except lab work for prosthetics) for un and under-insured; and Healthy Michigan Plans are also accepted. (See also “Special Volunteer License” at Mich.gov/lara).

  • The Michigan Foundation for Improving Oral Health  is the link for the state’s MOM volunteers.


New Hampshire

  • Concord, Saving People’s Smiles.   SPS Dental Center is a nonprofit clinic that offers comprehensive and preventative dental care at a lower cost. Our dental center strives to make patients of all ages feel comfortable during their visit to the dentist. Our center’s goal is to provide individuals in need access to a dental home.

  • Conway, White Mountain Community Health Center.  We only see children 21 and under. Hygienist sees patient on another day (only one chair). Dentist does mostly exams, (sealants and X rays by assistant), with a smattering of restorative. The position for the dentist is one to two days a week.

  • Nashua, Greater Nashua Dental Connection. We are committed to improving the dental health and lives of New Hampshire residents and aim to increase funding, partnerships and program reach. Watch the video.

  • Portsmouth, Families First Health Center. The well-equipped dental clinic has three chairs with a   full time hygienist and dentist.  The schedule is supplemented with volunteer dentists.  Contact Families First for more information.

  • Somersworth,  Goodwin Community Health. Goodwin Dental Center offers integrated, comprehensive dental services to both children and adults. The Dental Center accepts private insurance, Medicaid (both NH & ME) and a sliding scale fee is available to those without insurance.

New Jersey

  • Camden, The Cathedral Kitchen  is a non-profit soup kitchen that provides food and social services including health care for the needy in Camden, NJ: a city directly across the bridge from Philadelphia. Its dental clinic is open two days a week. For information about volunteering contact clinic director, Dr. Bob Leonetti at (856) 964-6771. There are also volunteer opportunities other than dentistry at the Kitchen. For more info, click on www.cathedralkitchen.org

North Carolina

  • Durham, The Loving Light. “Our mission is to provide free dental care to every individual in need in various areas in North Carolina as well as abroad.  We believe a bright, healthy smile is something that benefits both the wearer and the community at large.


  • Columbus, Physicians Care Connection.  PCC is a volunteer-based charitable organization providing patient centered care coordination for people who are vulnerable (ANY person who has healthcare challenges due to individual barriers) in Central Ohio. Our organization was established 20 years ago by the Columbus Medical Association to enable health care professionals and volunteers to provide quality healthcare for those most vulnerable in the community.

  • Columbus, (south side), Stowe Mission of Central Ohio, Currently operating as an extractions only clinic. In the process of partnering with Columbus State to bring cleanings to the community members at Stowe Mission.  Current Schedule of Dental Clinic Operations:  Every Monday @ 5:00pm, 3rd Thursday of the Month @ 5:30pm, 1st Friday of the Month @ 10:00am.  We could use additional dentists for these clinics, and will add another day/time if we have volunteers.


  • MOM-n-PA Dental Missions, This once-a-year program is held in different cities annually. In 2017 Erie.  By varying locations, there are more opportunities to involve new dentists and serve more patients.  This program operates similarly to other MOM programs. As of November, 2016, over $3,000,000 of care has been provided.

  • Pittsburgh  Pittsburgh now has its own MOM.


  • Salt Lake City, Maliheh Free Clinic,   Started in 2005, the clinic provides free medical services to the uninsured of the greater Salt Lake area. The clinic is staffed by over 300 volunteers including doctors, dentists, nurses, social workers, techs, interpreters and clerical staff who donate their time and talent to the clinic. We are always in need of dentists willing to volunteer a few hours a month.


  • Rutland,  Rutland Free Clinic,   We provide medical services to the uninsured population. We also are fortunate to have a couple of dentists who volunteer to see a patient a week. We are very grateful for them but the need far outweighs our capacity. We are always looking for volunteers and provide the malpractice insurance as long as the license is current. We would love to chat with any possible volunteers.



  • Hospice Although this doesn’t involve clinical dentistry, the training we have as dentists can enable us to be qualified to work well in this end-of-life organization.

International Volunteering Opportunities

  • ADA International Volunteer Information This is an excellent site for information on over 100 international opportunities available to dentists. One can select a country, the type of program you’re interested in, and even religious affiliation if desired.

  • Alliance For Smiles 

  • Belize Mission Project  A Christian faith based medical/dental program that has been providing dental care in Belize since 1993. Also contact Dr. Frank Whipps at 618-532-1821.

  • Cape Cares  Volunteer in Honduras doing operative dentistry, extractions, and endo. -DJ

  • Dental Mission Trips  This site offers a database that allows users to search globally for faith-based volunteer opportunities.

  • Great Shape!  This organization runs a program in Jamaica called 1000 Smiles. It boasts being the largest international humanitarian dental project, and operates in conjunction with Sandals Resort.

  • Hatian Health Foundation  Jeremy Lowney, D.D.S., M.S., M.P.H. has been working in this impoverished country for 30 years. View his description of cholera and the events of 2010 in the video on the home page.

  • Health Volunteers Overseas  HVO is an organization that works within local communities mostly teaching about health rather than treating disease. Check out the photos to get a good feeling for the program. NH

  • Med Arm in Arm  Combine hard work with a safari in Swaziland through this organization based in California. They have also worked in Siberia. Contact them through the website.

  • Remote Area Medical  Remote Area Medical (RAM) originally provided care outside the US and now focuses primariy on needs within the US through both permanent and temporary facilities.

  • Remote Area Medical Volunteer Registration System  On line registration for upcoming volunteer opportunities across the USA.