By Kenzie Ferguson
The mission of the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation is to build caring, resilient communities and improve health by focusing on the whole person. These are extraordinary times, and that mission has never been more critical. As COVID-19 continues to affect the public and economic health of communities across the globe, we here at Delta Dental are doing our part to support the communities we serve. That’s why we have made $5 million in funding available to organizations on the front lines of responding to this public health emergency. Of the $5 million:
- $3.5 million will support increasing access to care across the Foundation’s 15-state area. The majority will be provided to federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and other community health clinics that serve on the front lines of this public health crisis and are working tirelessly to protect and treat those affected by the COVID-19 virus. While access to care funding typically focuses on oral health and dental care, the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation is unrestricting these grant funds to provide flexibility and allow organizations to allocate funds as necessary to care for their communities in this time of great uncertainty.
- $1 million in funding is available to organizations directly responding to the emergency and to current partners experiencing significant increases in expenses and/or budget shortfalls as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- $500,000 in immediate disaster response funding went to California organizations that provide assistance to seniors, those living with food insecurity, those experiencing homelessness and homebound individuals. Those organizations include: the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, SF-Marin Food Bank, Alameda County Community Food Bank, Meals on Wheels San Francisco and St. Vincent’s Meals on Wheels.
In addition, the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation is matching all donations up to a total of $100,000 made to the Red Cross through this link. Consider donating here or to your local foodbank or other community nonprofit.
Here are some other easy ways to support your community during these trying times.
The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation will continue to help our communities and partners navigate the ever-changing landscape. I am sure many of you have seen various uplifting memes online and via social media. And we are truly living in strange times when memes become quotable and profound. Nevertheless, remember these words and take them to heart: Caring is NOT cancelled.