D O N A T E
 

This is your chance to participate in the largest charity event in New Mexico.  Join hundreds of other volunteers at NM Mission of Mercy (NM MOM), a two-day large-scale dental clinic, where we come together as a community to treat people in under-served populations who need our help.

 

The New Mexico Dental Association Foundation is committed to the safety of our patients and volunteers. We are closely monitoring all federal, state and local COVID-19 guidelines and recommendations from the American Dental Association.

 

McGee Park San Juan County Fairground
Farmington, NM

September 23 & 24, 2022

 

Choose a shift(s) and help us bring smiles to those in need. All volunteer types are needed.

Coming soon!

 

Volunteer Registration

 

Volunteer Information

 

LOCATION

McGee Park San Juan County Fairgrounds
17 Rd 5500, Farmington, NM 87401 (map)

 

DATES/TIME

Thursday, Sept 22: Clinic Set Up - 10:30am to 4:30pm
Friday, Sept 23: Clinic Hours - 4:00am to 7:45pm
Saturday, Sept 24: Clinic Hours - 4:00am to 7:45pm
Saturday, Sept 24: Clinic Teardown - 7:00pm to 12:00am

SHIFTS

On Friday and Saturday there will be two shifts. Each shift will be 6 to 8 hours long.  Shift start times are dependent on the type of volunteer job you choose.

Please arrive ½ hour before your shift begins to allow time to park, check-in, get coffee, etc.

THURSDAY NIGHT CHECK-IN/WALK-THRU

Join us on Thursday night, Sept 22, between 5:30pm to 7:30pm to check-in early and walk the clinic floor. Dinner will be provided for volunteers at no cost and clinic floor tours will be given approximately every ½ hour. Please RSVP for dinner when registering to volunteer.

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WHAT TO WEAR

Dress is casual.  Please wear closed-toed shoes for safety.  Professional dental/medical volunteers are recommended to wear scrubs. Basic personal protective equipment like face masks, safety glasses, gowns and gloves are all provided by NM MOM. If you have PPE that you would prefer, please bring it with you.

All volunteers will be given a NM MOM t-shirt, while supplies last, and nonclinical volunteers are encouraged to wear it during the clinic.  The colors vary by volunteer type.

Please leave your personal belongings safely at home or locked in the trunk of your car. We do not have a secured area for you to leave them at the event.

MEALS/HOSPITALITY AREA

You are invited to join us in the hospitality break area to enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at no cost for volunteers.  Coffee, drinks, and snacks are available throughout the clinic.  Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate special dietary needs, so please plan accordingly.   Everyone should plan to eat or drink in the designated volunteer break area.  Only closed drink containers are allowed on the clinic floor.

PARKING

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Additional Information

 

Volunteer Training

 

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Dental Equipment/Supplies Provided

 

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Lodging

 

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What Dentists & Hygienists Should Bring?

 

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Meet Your Co-Chairs

 

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Can Out-of-State Dentists, Hygienists, and Medical Personnel  Participate?

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License Requirements & Insurance

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Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions

What NOT to bring?

Please leave your personal belongings safely at home or locked in the trunk of your car. We do not have a secured area for you to leave them at the event.

I'm not a dental/medical health professional. Is there a way I can help?

Yes! We need many different types of volunteers – hospitality/food, patient escorts, patient greeters, translators, parking/security, runners, registration, set-up/tear down, volunteer check-in, willing hands, etc. We need your help!

Is there a minimum age for volunteers?

For liability, all volunteers on the clinic floor during clinic hours must be 18 years old. If you are younger than 18, there are other positions available not on the clinic floor that you can work as long as a parent or guardian is present and signs your waiver form.  We welcome high school groups to assist with clean-up after the clinic is complete.

If I can't volunteer at the event, is there another way I can help?

This event will be a great learning opportunity and we encourage students to volunteer in positions where they can interact with patients. There are many areas in which students can assist the dentist or hygienist, but students cannot treat patients.

I'm a New Mexico licensed volunteer, what do I need to know?

All clinical volunteers are required to be licensed and must have a current, active New Mexico license to practice. License numbers will be requested on the volunteer registration form. Anyone involved directly with patient care will be required to be up to date on their Hepatitis vaccines. The NM MOM event will maintain universal infection control practices at all times. All clinical individuals involved in patient treatment must carry the appropriate malpractice insurance coverage and ensure that the coverage allows you to participate in a volunteer treatment event.

How can I get liability insurance as a public health provider?

Public health dental/medical professionals in New Mexico, can obtain liability coverage through the State Tort Claims Act for the NM MOM event by completing paperwork online at http://www.nmmrcserves.org/. This is the state registry for professionals who have volunteered to assist in state emergencies. Please be aware that you are signing up for a larger program and will receive information on other missions. You have no requirement to accept a mission and you can remove yourself from the registry after the NM MOM event. There is an approval process so applications must be completed and submitted by August 15th, 2022.

To register for New Mexico Serves go to https://volunteer.nmmrcserves.org/. On the left side of the website welcome page, click "Register Now." Completely fill out the information listed, create your log-in and accept the terms and conditions and continue to the next page. Follow the instructions on the website and submit for approval.

Can I bring my own dental assistant, or will one be provided for me?

You are welcome to bring your assistant, but they must register individually. There is an area on the registration form that allows you and your assistant to name each other in order to work together. Dentists are encouraged to have their entire office register. This is a great opportunity to volunteer as a team. We have plenty of opportunities for everyone in the office to help. Dentists who are not paired with their own assistant will be provided a volunteer if available.

How do I provide my employer with proof that I volunteered?

We will provide work release forms to volunteers to submit to their employers to document the time spent volunteering at NM MOM. Please visit the information desk at the event.

If I can't volunteer at the event, is there another way I can help?

Absolutely! A project of this magnitude requires nearly $200,000 in tax-deductible donations and in-kind contributions to cover expenses for dental equipment and facility rentals, supplies, pharmaceuticals and food costs. Consider donating money or in-kind products or services. Your contribution, no matter the amount, will make a difference in treating hundreds of patients. Please visit the DONATE page for more information. To volunteer for pre-event planning please email nmmom2@nmdaf.org for more information.

 

Supporters

 

New Mexico Foundation for Dental Health, Education & Research (dba. NM Dental Association Foundation)

PO Box 16854

Albuquerque, NM  87191

Office: (505) 298-7206

Fax: (505) 554-3836

 

All Content Copyright © 2021, New Mexico Foundation for Dental Health Research and Education, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

 

All donations are tax-deductible.

EIN 74-3146433

The NMDAF is the charitable arm of the NMDA