Each year TUSDM students join the Mission Hill Fair to provide dental education
for this under-served community. We are looking for 4 students to host our table from for approximately 11-3 (split shifts are fine!). And this year, students will have a range of new activities and games to use, thanks to the TUSDM creative team! To sign up, email Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the Weston Emergency Reserve Corps have reached out to TUSDM in need of dental students! They are looking for a student organization or severel students to help take impressions for their Childhood Identification Program (CHIPS). The event will take place May 2nd, 2015 in Weston, MA. It would be great if a TUSDM student group could coordinate these efforts! If interested, please contact Nancy Marks at Nancy.Marks@tufts.edu.
On Jan 12, 2015 the Tufts HPSP student organization had a Navy sponsored luncheon in which LCDR Jerod Geller (D07) returned to Tufts to discuss his experiences as a Naval dental officer. The Tufts HPSP student organization also heard from one of the recipients of the Drive For the Troops packages sent out last November. Capt. Jake Powell (assigned to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar) sent his thanks along with a photo. Dr. Rankin and the rest of HPSP thank everyone who contributed to the Drive!
Check out the brand new TUSDM's Endodontic Society page courtesy of Lauren Marzouca (D16)!
Don't miss their Study-Snack Bake Sale this week.
The Student National Dental Association's annual Impressions Program was a hit yet again this year! The Impressions Program invites students from undergraduate institutions and high schools to TUSDM to expose them to the field of dentistry. We've posted some photos in the gallery below, but to view all that day's activities click here!
The Smile Squad recently volunteered at the Give Kids a Smile Day on Saturday, November 15th at Mount Ida College in Newton, MA in partnership with the Mass Dental Society. The event provided free dental services for children such as oral screenings, cleanings, fluoride varnish, and sealants. Smile Squad member Olga Raptis (D16) was kind enough to send us this photo with fellow volunteers Erin Saucier (D15), My Doan (D15), Shayla Walker (D18), Abby Yazbak (D18), and Khusbu Patel (D16)
Horizons for Homeless Children is an organization that improves the lives of young homeless children and their families. They are looking for volunteers for the Playspace program. Play is really important for child development, so this is a chance to provide Playspaces in shelters for children.
Volunteers have to commit to working at a Playspace for two hours once a week for six months. Shifts are available weekdays between 8-9pm, but many of the shifts take place in the evenings from 6-8pm. They are looking for volunteers interested in working with the homeless population, especially if they have previous experience working with children. These volunteers should take initiative in planning and leading activities for the children. The Playspaces are designed to be developmentally appropriate for children ages 0-6. To become a PAL, you must fill out an application, pass a background check, provide two references, and complete a training.
Playspace Activity Leader (PAL) new volunteer training will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, November 19thand 20th from 6-8:30pm at HHC headquarters: 1705 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury MA 02119. Please feel free to attend the training and invite a friend to come along! Paper applications will be available at the door if you have not registered in advance.
For any questions during the training, please call the office cell phone at 781-686-8065.
Boston’s House of Sufism is looking for volunteers to assist with a local hunger and homelessness initiative. The group takes a flexible, multi-faceted approach to addressing these issues, including distributing excess food from bakeries and grocery stores directly to shelter residents, organizing to raise money and donations for specific requests, and serving a weekly home-cooked meal at a homeless shelter.
The House of Sufism has worked with Boston shelters for several years, including the Pine Street Inn, Rosie’s Place, and St. Francis House. Recently, they’ve have developed a relationship with Boston’s only all-youth shelter, Bridge Over Troubled Waters. Serving with the House of Sufism is a unique opportunity to work on the ground with local shelter residents in a warm and informal setting. Volunteers are welcomed to join at whatever capacity best suits them, whether for several hours a week or one Sunday afternoon a month.
For more information, please contact Flora Lang or visit http://www.nimatullahisufiboston.org/charity.html.
Sharewood Clinic member Monica Moitoso (D17) sent Dental Central some great photos of their clinic this past month, earning them the honor of this week's Student Organization Spotlight. You can join the Sharewood Clinic on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at the First Church of Malden. Check out their page here!
Do you have a great project idea that will improve a community? Interested in active citizenship? Apply online today!
The Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement can help! The Tisch Fund aims to provide funding for projects, events, and programs with a connection to active citizenship in a clear community-identified need. Applications are live at our website: http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/tischfund/. For more information and questions, please contact Danica Fisher at: Danica.Fisher@tufts.edu.