Category Archives: Community Service Activities

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!  

D22 class gathers to create new and improved community outreach materials!

During a festive night of food and drink, members of the D22 class prepared posters and games to teach about oral healthcare in the community. With their contributions, we here at Tufts now have a collection of new and improved materials to help spread the word about dental care to the community at large. Come check out our new Jeopardy boards, and other games. 

Jacob Mack (D22) reflects: “From the projects to the people, and from the uncorking of creativity and stress, Art Night was truly a fun time.”

Tom Nguyen (D22) reflects: “Creating unique and beautiful poster arts that will create a long lasting impact in oral education for our youth was a very satisfying experience”

Elizabeth Bannister (D22) reflects: “Art Night was such a fun way to connect with classmates. It allowed us to forget about exams and be creative for a moment. I’m thankful to go to a school that is constantly allowing students to make their mark and have fun doing it!”

HDA Visits Most Holy Redeemer Parish

A few of the members of HDA had the opportunity to visit the Most Holy Redeemer Parish in East Boston this past weekend. It is always a great time working with the kids of the church and teach them about the importance of oral health care. Participating in this event, both last year and this year, it is nice to see how much the kids have learned throughout all of the visits, and how excited they get when they learn something new. The smiles on their faces makes the experience so special and priceless. 

Thank you to the following volunteers and faculty: Laimarie Alas (D22), Jesus Vivar (D22), Jocelyne Aguilar (D22), Maria Regalado (D22), Nilufar Gorek (D22), Tarlan Sedaghat (D22), Naude Pierre (D22), Daniela Rendon (D21), Gabriela Sangiovanni (D21), Andrew Kalil (D21), Mercedes Wert (D21), Shelby Jackson (D21), David Garcia (D20), Dr Forero (HDA Co-faculty) 

Jumbo’s Kitchen Volunteering with ADO

Take an hour out of your week to teach kids about dental nutrition and make a fun snack with them! A dental nutrition themed Jumbo’s kitchen session led by dental students in ADO will be taking place this Friday, March 1, 5:30-6:30pm at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (38 Ash Street, Boston, MA), Room 501. All are welcome to sign up here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FxE4HScVwUYlEUXmFld8fh7O_wbMf_A0Cw1pbu9tjis/edit?usp=sharing

SNDA Students collaborate to Spread the Love: Valentine’s Day Cards

For Valentine’s day this year, Tufts SNDA members gathered together to make cards for children at the hospital.

Heather Smith (D20) reflects: “Always a pleasure getting together as a group to do something special for others. SNDA put together creative cards for children at Tufts Floating Hospital for Valentine’s Day. We hope to make them smile!”

Volunteer with Jumbo Kitchen!

Take an hour out of your week to teach kids about dental nutrition and make a fun snack with them! A dental nutrition themed Jumbo’s kitchen session led by dental students in ADO will be taking place Friday, March 1, 5:30-6:30pm at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (38 Ash Street, Boston, MA), Room 501. All are welcome to sign up here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FxE4HScVwUYlEUXmFld8fh7O_wbMf_A0Cw1pbu9tjis/edit?usp=sharing

Jumbo’s kitchen is an interprofessional volunteer opportunity with medical and nutrition students, and takes place on several Fridays throughout the semester. Email Irene Lang (irene.lang@tufts.edu) with any questions.

Join the Tufts Ruck team for Tough Ruck – Boston Marathon Ruck

The Tufts Ruck team is taking on the 26.2 mile Boston Marathon Ruck March again this year! Student Affairs is sponsoring 40 slots for students to participate by covering their registration fee. We also welcome faculty and staff to join us as well.  The event covers a 26.2 mile walk on a relatively flat course, and each participant carries a backpack weighing at least 15 pounds of food that we will donate to the New England Center and Home for Veterans.  The event sounds daunting, but all 50 Team-TUSDM participants enjoyed a great time last year filled with fun, laughter, accomplishment and a blister or two. Each finish received an official Boston Marathon Medal (see the pictures above).

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Volunteer with ADO at the Golden Age Center!

Join Asian Dental Organization in improving the health literacy of Chinese seniors in the Tufts Dental neighborhood on Friday, February 22, 1-2pm at the nearby Golden Age Center (25 Essex St, Boston, MA). This visit, we will be teaching them about dental nutrition and some associated English vocabulary. All are welcome to sign up here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14kTqY1KZvizPdhTAE1sWCZMt_c-eW7OUJ06-p9h78s0/edit?usp=sharing 

Email Irene Lang (irene.lang@tufts.edu) with any questions.

DSD Collects for Horizons for Homeless

It’s that time of year again to attend Yankee! Every year we all get so much free stuff at Yankee, some of which we don’t need.


Tufts is all about service to the community, so: Consider donating them!!!
Delta Sigma Delta will be collecting toothbrushes, toothpastes, floss, and any other dental tool that can be used by the average person to maintain oral health.
These will then be donated to Horizons for Homeless children, a non profit organization that helps children of homeless families to continue normal growth and development during transitional periods. 


They will then be distributed to family shelters throughout Boston!
DSD will place a large box in the 7th floor student lounge, drop all donations in there.