The Smile of Hope Dental Program provides grants of up to $2,000 to qualifying women who have no access to dental care.
“Our goal is to improve these women’s lives and livelihood by providing this opportunity to improve their dental health and self-esteem,” said Joanie Sorensen, Soroptimist of Whitefish Smile of Hope committee member.
“The committee works with Dental Partners to provide necessary care within the limits of each grant”, Sorensen said. In addition to a cleaning, X-ray, and plan for restoration and care, each recipient will receive a Sonicare toothbrush and education for dental care. Dental Partners also provides a six-month follow-up examination.
Applications are accepted year-round. No Fee To Apply.
- Female - 18 years or older
- Demonstrate Financial Need
- Employed, seeking employment, or disabled
- Dental care is needed to improve health, smile, and self-esteem
- Nonsmoker or actively committed to quitting
Application forms are available at the Whitefish Thrift Haus, 303 First St. in Whitefish, Shepherd’s Hand Clinic (which meets Monday evenings at Christ Lutheran Church), and participating Dental Partners.
Applications will be evaluated based on a written (200-word) personal essay, job verification, financial statement, and two references.
In your essay, describe:
- Who you are
- Your future goals
- Your dental needs
- How the grant could help you reach your future goals.
To be considered, your completed application and essay must be returned to:
Soroptimist International of Whitefish (SIW)
Attn: Smile of Hope Dental Program
PO Box 1843
Whitefish, MT 59937
Recipients will be notified via phone.
For questions about the application or Grant, please call Whitefish Thrift Haus (406) 862-3330 and ask for the phone number of the Smile of Hope Committee Chairman.