Smile of Hope provides grants of up to $2,000 to qualifying low-income working women from the Whitefish and Columbia Falls areas 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, chairwoman of the Soroptimist dental program committee.
The committee will work with dentists 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 patient will receive a Sonicare toothbrush and education for dental care. Dentists also provide a six-month follow-up examination.
Five local dentists have partnered with the Whitefish Soroptimists in the past, and the program is expanding to include more dentists, she added.
The deadline to apply is July 1.
To be eligible, a woman must:
- Be the primary income earner for her family and demonstrate financial need.
- Be employed and seeking promotion and a higher-paying job.
- Demonstrate a need for dental care.
- Be a nonsmoker.
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 clinics.
A 200-word personal statement, job verification, financial statements and references also must be submitted.
Download the Smile of Hope Application below ( 2 Pages)