Volunteers needed for Western Maryland Mission of Mercy

The Mission of Mercy (MOM) free dental clinic is in need of volunteers to help make the two-day event a success for the approximately 360 individuals expected to receive treatment at the Allegany County Fairgrounds on October 12th and 13th with setup on the 11th.

Volunteers are needed to help register patients as they enter, direct parking, help set up meals for the volunteer staff, and more. The clinic runs Friday, October 12th from 7 a.m until 5 p.m and Saturday, October 13th from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and serves adults only. Additionally, volunteers will also be needed to help break down the clinic the afternoon and evening of the 13th.  Volunteers may sign up for the shift that works best for their schedule. Patients are expected to come from Allegany County and surrounding areas.

This Mission of Mercy will be smaller than past events, with only 20 dental chairs used. The two-day clinic will require approximately 150 general volunteers to assist the 220-member volunteer medical staff, which includes dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, oral surgeons, physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses.

Unlike past Mission of Mercy events, this year’s clinic will see patients by appointment only. The public will be able to schedule appointments starting in early September; a phone number for making appointments will be published in the near future.

To volunteer, go to www.westernmdmom.com and click on the link for non-clinical (general) shifts regarding volunteering, or call Michele Walker at the County United Way at 301-722-2700. You can also check out the event via Facebook at www.facebook.com/westernmarylandmissionofmercy.