One of the most important things a charity can do is develop a strong network of community partners. Whether they are nonprofit organizations or for-profit businesses, these allies can help raise funds, create programs, offer volunteer assistance and get the word out about the cause.
The Dental Center of Northwest Ohio recently hosted its annual gala, “A Toast to Teeth” and chose the Junior League of Toledo as its honored community partner. The Dental Center’s mission is to provide primary oral health services for underserved children, adults, and seniors in Northwest Ohio, and to provide education and advocacy in oral health.
In 2004 the Junior League of Toledo began its work with the Dental Center developing a project called Toledo Smiles. The project’s purpose is to address unmet oral health needs within the adolescent population. Also the Junior League made a significant donation to the Smile Express which is a state of the art mobile dental office.
Junior League President Alice Mominee said that overall the League has invested approximately $73,000 into the Dental Center’s equipment and its programs.
Dental Center’s Executive Director, Lindy Cree was pleased to honor the Junior League’s investment and participation in their programs.
“We would not be here today doing what we are doing without the Junior League’s investment over the past five years,” said Cree. “In addition to what they have done, we have used the League’s donations to leverage other grants and donated services.”
Since the start of the partnership, more than 150 Junior League members have volunteered for Toledo Smiles, which has reached 2,000 students.
Aug 7-8: Arts Gone Wild. Fourteen non-profit cultural organizations of Toledo host this 2nd annual arts festival at the Toledo Botanical Garden. Arts Gone Wild features live performances, exhibitions, and activities to introduce Toledo’s cultural offerings and opportunities. Admission and parking are free. Visit artsgonewild.org for more information.
Aug 15: Barefoot at the Beach. This is the annual beach party to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs. The sandy shore of Lake Erie is transformed into a tropical beach with tiki bars and palm trees. Enjoy food from local restaurants prepared beachside. Casual attire. Tickets are $100. Find out more by calling (419) 241-4258 or visit barefootatthebeach.org.
Christine Senack is a Toledo-based consultant helping nonprofit organizations, businesses and individuals work smarter for the greater good of our community. On occasion she also presents the TMZ Report on FOX Toledo News First at 4. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.