Delta Dental Foundation COVID Emergency Fund

Foundation provides emergency aid

In times of change and uncertainty, safety-net dental clinics and nonprofit organizations are asked to do more than ever before. In March, the Delta Dental Foundation (DDF) created a $600,000 COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund for safety-net dental clinics and nonprofits in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana that work with vulnerable populations including seniors, foster children and low-income individuals, and that provide health and human services or food assistance.

Elderly woman walking way form camera

Supporting seniors during the pandemic

In times of change and uncertainty, safety-net dental clinics and nonprofit organizations are asked to do more than ever before. In March, the Delta Dental Foundation (DDF) created a $600,000 COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund for safety-net dental clinics and nonprofits in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana that work with vulnerable populations including seniors, foster children and low-income individuals, and that provide health and human services or food assistance.

Wheels are turning on play

Delta Dental of Michigan helped the Grand Rapids Children's Museum (GRCM) directly reach families by helping purchase the Kids! Can Van.

Dr. Tim Zielinski

On a mission

Dr. Tim Zielinski is a busy man. This spring he was busier than ever. When his dental practice in Mason, Michigan, temporarily closed due to COVID-19, he saw a surge in patients at Care Free Medical in Lansing where he volunteers his talents.

Amy Gentner and Kayla Weatherwax

‘It is a war out there, and it is not going to be won by just a couple of people’

When Dr. Amy Gentner and her associate Dr. Kayla Weatherwax realized this spring there was a need in their community for personal protection equipment (PPE) amid the coronavirus crisis, her small town roots kicked into full gear.

Monroe, Michigan teenager grinning ear to ear to show off new smile

Stepping in to fix a smile

When bad things happen, we often rely on our family and friends to help us pick up the pieces—not our health care providers.

Partnership increases the life of masks

Delta Dental of Michigan linked arms with its longtime partners, Michigan State University Extension, the MSU College of Engineering and Sparrow Hospital, by providing $25,000 to support a decontamination process that allows M95 respirators to be reused.

Detroit riverfront

Reenvisioning the riverfronts

While businesses and nonprofits in our communities had to shut down or close their doors temporarily during the pandemic, the outdoors remained open.

Two Northeast Ohio Students sitting at a desk during meeting.

Build it and they will stay

No matter the economic outlook in Northeast Ohio, the need for a talented and skilled workforce remains.

Girl Scouts Earn Smile Squad in Zoom

Scouting goes virtual

Girl Scouts got resourceful when the pandemic hit, and they’re earning their Smile Squad patches virtually.

Rethink Your Drink

Foundation Quarterly: Indiana

This year, the Delta Dental Foundation (DDF) supported the Indiana Mission of Mercy (MOM), which brings together more than 900 dentists, dental hygienists and other volunteers to provide free dental care for the underinsured and uninsured in Indiana every two years.

Ohio Ambulatory Surgery Center

Foundation Quarterly: Ohio

The Ohio State University College of Dentistry is building a new dental school facility that will include an Ambulatory Surgery Center thanks to a $2 million grant from the Delta Dental Foundation (DDF).

Delta Dental Serving Smiles to Seniors

Foundation Quarterly: Michigan

Seniors across Michigan received free oral health screenings when Smiles on Wheels traveled to 13 sites throughout the state for the Serving Smiles to Seniors program.

Victors for Veterans

Serving those who served

Veteran Gary Nelson’s story is all too common. He enjoyed good oral health his entire life until six years of cancer treatments destroyed his teeth.

The perfect fit: Akron grad finds passion within industry hungry for skilled workers

The day of Corey Pettit’s backyard graduation party it rained on and off. But the northern Ohio spring drizzle never dampened the celebration.

Samaritas Sulma

Everything of My Life

“There are only two ways, be strong or go back. I can do it. I can, I can.” With these words ringing in her ears, Sulma remained strong in her pursuit of a better life while she immigrated to the U.S.

Choosing water

Water is essential to our everyday lives, but whether we drink enough or have easy access to it is something to consider.

A healthy smile knows no bounds

Discover how the following four featured Delta Dental Foundation programs make oral health important at every age.

Tony Allen feature

Promise made; promises kept

Delta Dental contributed $22,500 to the Lansing Promise in 2018 to open the doors of opportunity to youth and develop a smart, capable, local talent pipeline in mid-Michigan.

Dr. Jordan Allen

The right find

As a high-schooler in Pocatello, Idaho, Jordan Allen planned to enter the family business. But after a few months working at his dad’s car dealership, he realized he needed a different career.

Connecting education with community need

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, is expanding and moving its dental clinic to the poorest, and one of the oldest, neighborhoods of Cleveland, funded by a $1 million grant from the Delta Dental Foundation (DDF).

Joining forces to reduce sugar consumption

With a shared interest in keeping Michigan families healthy, the Delta Dental Foundation and the American Heart Association teamed up in 2018 on the Rethink Your Drink MI campaign.

Clean water for Detroit students

The Delta Dental Foundation (DDF) and other philanthropic partners committed $2.4 million to replace all of the drinking fountains in Detroit Public Schools...

Quenching thirst

The Delta Dental Foundation’s Rethink Your Drink: Water’s Cool at School program had a resoundingly successful year in 2018.

That day we were just like everyone else

Natalie Anwar is used to the stares, gawking and feelings of judgment when she goes out in public with her triplets with autism.

Delta Dental Pack a Smile

Culture of caring

Employees at Delta Dental are building brighter futures in our communities. In 2018, 627 employees donated 1,555 hours through our many programs, including these three.

Restoring life in a rebuilt city

When Delta Dental joined Life Remodeled's six-day cleanup effort in Detroit, employee and proud Detroit resident Adrianne Lewis jumped in to help.

Joining the parade

America's Thanksgiving Parade in Downtown Detroit.

Stepping up for our veterans

In observance of Veterans Day, the Delta Dental Foundation (DDF) and My Community Dental Centers (MCDC) partnered to provide free dental care to military veterans at MCDC clinics in Charlotte, Detroit and Flint, Michigan.

Funding clinics

The Delta Dental Foundation priorities include increasing access to care and creating dental homes for underserved children and adults.

Expanding access to essential care

The Delta Dental Foundation (DDF) awarded $300,000 in 2018 to Great Lakes Bay Health Centers (GLBHC) to expand its 15-chair Wadsworth Dental Center in Saginaw, Michigan.

Choosing change

Teenagers at Mt. Clemens Middle/High School in Michigan are taking part in a pilot program...

Brush program

Brush program wipes out fear

Going to the dentist can trigger anxiety for children under the best of circumstances. For Erica Walker and her daughter Mallory, who has cerebral palsy, it was downright scary.

Academy of World Languages family

Comfort and care down the hall

When fourth-grade twins Marcus and Marques have a toothache or a fever, help is just a short walk down their school hallway.

Tina’s Story

Tina Nguyen appreciates struggle, diversity, animals, opportunity and Lansing.

Tony Allen

Tony’s Story

When Tony Allen thinks about Lansing’s future he thinks about unity, growth, change, and prosperity—and he sees himself in the center of it all.