Category Archives: Community Service Activities

Join the Tufts Children’s Hospital for Rodman Ride for Kids

For the second year in a row, Floating Hospital for Children has once again been selected as an affiliated charity for the Rodman Ride for Kids on Saturday, September 21. We hope you will consider joining the Floating Hospital for Children team for a 25 or 50-mile non-competitive ride or as a virtual rider (no cycling involved) and fundraise on behalf of Floating Hospital. All participants are invited to attend a fun and family-friendly, post-ride BBQ.

100% of funds raised will benefit Floating Hospital for Children. 

Participants who raise a minimum of $1,500 will have the opportunity to designate their funds raised to a pediatric department of their choice.

To learn more about the Rodman Ride for Kids please visit www.floatinghospital.org/ride4kids.

ASD Special Olympics Volunteering

The Special Olympics Massachusetts Summer Games is taking place June 7-9 at Harvard and BU. ASD will be sending a group from Sports Dentistry to volunteer with the Special Smiles program providing oral screenings, health education and prevention, and making mouth-guards with dentists who are a part of the ASD!


Here is the link to register for the Special Smiles program (Saturday June 8https://soma.vsyshost.com/vsys/app/7G53MNJABBY8BGVV

There is also a need for volunteers for Track and Field, Tennis, Swimming, Volleyball and many other roles. Here is the link to register to volunteer for other roles: http://soma.vsyshost.com/vsys/app/KSI0X4ERIRBK0L1Y

AAPD Represents as Elementary School Career Day

AAPD members Allie Penta (D21) and Adi Smith (D22) visited a first grade classroom at the PA Shaw Elementary School this past week to explain what dentists do as part of a career day series. The kids learned the importance of oral health with some brushing and nutrition tips and loved showing off their brushing skills – join us for more events this coming fall!

Dental Care at Fenway Park: Tufts Faculty and Staff Volunteer With Team Smile !

Team Smile is a charitable foundation started in the Mid Western States in the early 2000s. The premise is to put together sports teams, dentists, hygienists and dental student professionals together to help treat needy children’s oral health needs. Who doesn’t love sports and team spirit?! This is the second time that Team Smile has come back to Boston. Last August 2018 was the “ inaugural” event at Fenway Park to great success. Tufts Dental was asked first by Colgate Palmolive to fill the student spots. =

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Academy of Sports Dentistry gets involved in Inclusive Community Sports Day

ASD members, Jason Cummins (D22), Ajmal Khalid, Kristina Caravelli (D21) and Kristiana Person volunteered by teaching OHI and playing games at the first ever Inclusive Community Sports Day put on by Special Olympics Massachusetts and Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. There was free activities for all ages and abilities. Sports stations for soccer and track & field, fitness activities, yoga, wellness booths, nutrition tips, healthy foods from the Fresh Truck. The goal of the event was to come together as a community to celebrate inclusion and wellness while providing information about the work done by Special Olympics Massachusetts and Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. 

Oral Health Education Workshop at Casa Myrna

Chris Hines (D22) and Evan Gallegos (D21) conducted a workshop providing oral health maintenance advice to the residents of Casa Myrna, which is an organization that provides shelter to victims of Domestic Violence.

Evan Gallegos (D21) reflects: “Many of the shelter’s residents were unaware of TUSDM’s dental program that offers free dental services to victims of Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence. We were privileged to have the opportunity to recommend TUSDM’s program to them, and possibly connect these underserved patient’s to dental care they would otherwise have low access to. Our primary mission during our vocation as a dentist is to provide dental care to underserved patients, and connect underserved patients to dental professionals. We were extremely grateful for this opportunity that allowed us to work towards fulfilling our career goal. “

Volunteer now with the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter!

The Harvard Square Homeless Shelter (HSHS) and Y2Y Harvard Square need Tufts students and community members to help provide shelter at a critical time of the year for individuals experiencing homelessness in the local community. Volunteers are needed for breakfast, dinner, evening, and overnight shifts. Our shelters offer opportunities for students to develop understanding of the greater issues surrounding homelessness and gain leadership experience! Start your volunteer journey by applying for a regular weekly shift, a break shift, or one time substitute shifts; both individuals and groups are welcome. Contact hshs.engagement@gmail.com orvolunteer.y2y@gmail.com to learn more!  

AADMD Awareness on Autism

Tuesday, April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day. The CDC estimates that autism affects 1 in 59 children in the United States. Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication; some of these attributes may complicate dental care. Come gain experience working with this population through volunteering through AADMD at the Lee School and at other events. This Tuesday wear blue to show support and help raise awareness for ASD. The Prudential Center will also light up in blue in the evening!

D.M.D. International Students Provide Free Dental Care in Evensville, Tennessee

Earlier this month, Dr. Ronald Perry, Professor in the Department of Comprehensive Care and Director of the International Student D.M.D. Program, Dr. Paul Trombly, Associate Professor in the Department of Comprehensive Care, and a group of 10 international students, all IS19s, provided 308 patients with free dental care in Evensville, Tennessee, where they partnered with the non-profit Remote Area Medical (RAM). The group from TUSDM was comprised of Durdana Ali, Oliver Austria, Khalid Dermoumi, Zarmina Khan, Amrita Majumdar, Maria Obregon, Minuja Ojha, Nikita Patel, Peng Shi, and Kumudra Soe. The TUSDM team ran the clinic on March 9th and 10th and also helped with setup of the entire clinic on March 8th. The group provided $155,577 worth of dental services. RAM has over 135,000 volunteers and runs mobile medical clinics in the U.S. and abroad, providing free dental, as well as vision and medical care to those in need.

Volunteer now with the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter!

The Harvard Square Homeless Shelter (HSHS) and Y2Y Harvard Square need Tufts students and community members to help provide shelter at a critical time of the year for individuals experiencing homelessness in the local community. Volunteers are needed for breakfast, dinner, evening, and overnight shifts. Our shelters offer opportunities for students to develop understanding of the greater issues surrounding homelessness and gain leadership experience! Start your volunteer journey by applying for a regular weekly shift, a break shift, or one time substitute shifts; both individuals and groups are welcome. Contact hshs.engagement@gmail.com or volunteer.y2y@gmail.com to learn more!