The Smile of Hope Dental Program provides grants of up to $2,000 to qualifying low-income working women who are heads of their households and 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 provide a six-month follow-up examination.
Annual 2019-2020 Application period is July 1,, 2019 to June 30, 2020.
- Primary financial responsibility for supporting family (including: children, spouse, siblings and/or parents)
- Employed or disabled
- Financial need. Based on Health and Human Services (HHS) guidelines to establish financial eligibility
- Need dental care to improve health, smile and self-esteem
Application forms are available at the Soroptimist 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 upon a written (200 word) personal essay, job verification, financial statement and 2 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 SIW Thrift Haus (406) 862-3330 and ask for the phone number for the Smile of Hope Committee Chairman.