On January 4th, the Las Cruces Sun-News ran an editorial from New Mexico Mission of Mercy Chairman Dr. Martin H. Poel, DMD, asking for volunteers to assist with this year’s event. Here is the letter, and the link to the web edition of the Sun-News (http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-opinion/ci_19665741). To volunteer for NM MOM, coming up in March, please go to www.nmdentalfoundation.org.
Free dental clinic
On behalf of the New Mexico Dental Foundation, in partnership with the New Mexico Dental Association and the local community, I would like to invite the residents of southern New Mexico to volunteer in assisting the largest charitable event in the state, the New Mexico Mission of Mercy (NM MOM). On March 1-4, the Las Cruces Convention Center will be converted into a free dental clinic to provide first come, first serve care to anyone with oral health issues. In October 2010, more than 1,700 volunteers donated their time to the inaugural NM MOM held in Albuquerque.
As chairman of the 2012 New Mexico Mission of Mercy, I can tell you that this event changes the lives of both patients and volunteers. But, we need the help of Doña Ana County and the surrounding communities to make it a success. Volunteering is the perfect way to give back and illustrate your interest in helping New Mexico overcome the barriers to oral health care. Concerned citizens will volunteer alongside 400 dental professionals to send notice that our state needs a solid infrastructure that will provide prevention, education and early intervention for all New Mexicans.
We will need every type of skill set, from translators to patient registration to general clean up. Whether you are helping direct traffic, serving meals, or providing entertainment to those in line, every job is critical. If you are an individual, or belong to an organization that wishes to help, please visit www.nmdentalfoundation.org to register.
Thanks to Delta Dental of New Mexico and ConocoPhillips for their generous financial sponsorship of the 2012 Las Cruces NM MOM. New Mexico Mission of Mercy is funded solely by community and individual donations. The NM MOM Las Cruces fundraising efforts are being chaired by Dr. David Warren and Dr. Chuck Murrell. Please consider a financial or in kind donation to the 2012 NM MOM event. A donation can be made online at www.nmdentalfoundation.org or by calling (575) 644-3238.
MARTIN H. POEL, DMD
New Mexico Mission of Mercy chairman