April is National Volunteer Month! VINA has a great group of volunteers and we are so grateful for their service and kindness. Volunteers work in the clinic providing dental services, at the front desk checking patients in and out, during events, serving on the fundraising committee, helping spread the word and much more! You can see a list of current volunteers at VINA by clicking here.
Since VINA doesn’t receive any state or federal funding, we really could not do what we do without volunteers. They truly are the heartbeat of VINA and log more than 1,000 hours of service every year.
Patients are truly grateful for VINA volunteers. Molly says, “I was treated so well by every single person I encountered. They ARE INCREDIBLE! Thank you everyone for everything you all did. THANK YOU VINA, and all the people that give their time, so people like myself receive needed dental care!“
Volunteers at VINA have HUGE hearts and are always happy to help in any way they can. Mary, a longtime VINA volunteer, reflects on her time as a volunteer, saying “I have been with the clinic since its inception. I remember our first days of taking in patients and how chaotic that was. There were so many people signing up in those first few days. I had to sit on the stairs with a patient doing intake.
There are many patients that come to mind, but the one I remember the most was a young man from the Howell area. He walked all the way from Howell on a winter day because he didn’t have transportation. One of our volunteers drove him home and stopped on the way to get him something to eat at McDonald’s.
I have volunteered at VINA all these years because I get so much enjoyment out of the patients and the staff. The patients are so appreciative of the care they get, and I would say to anyone thinking of coming here, come and try it, you won’t be disappointed.”
THANK YOU to all current and past volunteers who dedicate(d) their time and services to support VINA’s mission of providing a dental home for people in need!
If you are interested in volunteering at VINA, please click here to fill out the online form or call the office at (810) 844-0240.