Mission Of Mercy
An estimated one-in-five Virginians live in an underserved area for dental care as reported by the Virginia Employment Commission 2000 Population Project. Individuals in these areas (primarily low income, those uninsured and underinsured, the elderly, the disabled) are often left without any dental care to face pain, discomfort, and embarrassment. In response to the lack of access to care and the resulting poor oral health of thousands of indigent Virginians, the Virginia Dental Association Foundation launched the Mission of Mercy (M.O.M.) in 2000. These weekend dental clinics provide free dental care and bring hope to Virginians in need.