New York State Dental Demonstration Project
The Dental Demonstration Project (DDP) is a state funded project that began in 2015 and serves New Yorkers across the state. A DDP event is a one day event offering dental care (restorative and preventative) at no cost to patients.
Our mission is to link patients to health homes in their communities; to engage support of volunteer dentists and to leverage the clinic partners to improve access to dental care for underserved populations.
How to Volunteer & Upcoming Events
Please visit the NYS Dental Foundation Volunteer Registry Page for more information and to register for an upcoming event.
“The NYSDA Volunteer Dental Demonstration Project events are a fun way to give back in a relaxed setting. Just a trip out to a rural area is enjoyable, and to be a part of a group setting is even more rewarding. Whenever I join up with a group of fellow dentists, whether it is a third world country or close to home, I come away with greater friendships and feelings of accomplishment. Please volunteer to help at an upcoming event. I am sure you won’t regret it”. – Dr. Kevin D’Angelo; Buffalo, NY
“I have done many other volunteer efforts in the past but found this experience to be truly worthy. The day was extremely well organized and the rooms were clean, well equipped and fully staffed. All you need to do is show up and leave with a tremendous sense of well-being from helping others. In reality you will get far more from the day than the patients get from the treatment you render. Take a chance and have some fun doing what we love”. – Dr. Steve Burgart; Rochester, NY
Track and Log Volunteer with the New York State Dental Foundation
The new Foundation Volunteer Registry is a way for you to record the hours you (and your staff) spend volunteering your services to vulnerable populations. In turn, NYSDA can use the total number of hours its members spend doing charity work as quantifiable proof to our elected officials that the dental profession is at the forefront of helping to solve complex, overall health issues.
Post your hours on the Volunteer Registry – it’s easy, and each year, you will receive a certificate which you can post in your office to let your patients know about the amazing work you do for those less fortunate. It’s a great way to further show your commitment to professional excellence and the health of the public.