GOOD SAMARITAN DENTAL CLINIC
The Good Samaritan Dental Clinic, located in downtown Rochester, provides emergency dental services. Because of the nature of the clinic, the primary focus of dental care provided is extractions, with X-rays and some simple dental services in tow. Our aim is to bring relief for those in need in the best way we know how: dentistry.
The clinic is staffed by a rotating team of compassionate volunteers, ranging from dentists, hygienists, assistants, students, and individuals just wanting to help out. With such diverse group contributing to the clinic, there are a wide array of talents that can be used, such as extracting teeth, reception, dental assistance, or even baking and organizing... anyone can be a good fit if helping others is their goal!
The Good Samaritan Dental Clinic offers a great way to give back to the community under the trusted name of the Salvation Army. Through the act of volunteering, individuals can make a direct impact in their community and improve the oral health of those who may not have access to these services otherwise. In this way, there doesn’t need to be an immense waiting time to see the fruits of your labor because helping others with dental pain can be an immediately gratifying experience on both parts.
Volunteering also has added perks for the individual in addition to helping others. Volunteering is a social endeavor, and meeting new friends or connecting with dental professionals is an added perk that comes with the experience. Individuals can also earn one continuing education credit for volunteering here at the clinic. This specific Good Samaritan Dental Clinic has seen over 40 of its volunteers be admitted into dental schools across the nation, which shows that volunteering can provide the hands on experience needed for applying to professional schools. Above all, the act of volunteering has been shown to reduce stress, strengthen the immune system, and provide a better sense of purpose and connectedness, so do not hesitate to start today!
Clinic Hours (volunteer times may differ):
· Mon: 1:00 – 3:30 pm
· Tues: 6:00 – 8:30 pm
· Wed: 9:00 – 11:30 am
· Thurs: 6:00 – 8:30 pm
· Fri: Varies
I really enjoy volunteering at the Good Samaritan Dental Clinic. It means a lot to be able to help people that otherwise might not have anywhere else to go. Many of the patients we see are down on their luck and haven’t seen a dentist in years. Often times the patients are in pain and are desperate for help. It’s very rewarding to be able to help get these people out of pain and get them the care they need. The patients are always so appreciative and grateful for the clinic and its volunteers! It’s a really great way to give back. Plus… there’s free food when you volunteer!
Because I’m still a student and don’t have too many skills in the field of dentistry, I initially thought that the Good Samaritan would not be a good fit for me, but I turned out to be very wrong! Even on the organization and reception side of the clinic, I found volunteering to be a very rewarding experience because I still felt like an integral part of the system. It really showed me that if people have the drive to volunteer, it is always a possibility. Another thing about the clinic is that it is also helping me fulfill my goals as a college student interested in the field of dentistry because it gives me exposure to the dental field as well as the providing a niche and notable volunteering opportunity.