United Way awards grant

Shown, from left, are Jennifer White, development manager with Mission of Mercy; Joshua Pedersen, CEO, United Way of Frederick County; and Douglas Tavenner and Joanne Tavenner, dental volunteers with Mission of Mercy.

Mission of Mercy’s mobile dental clinic is updating its equipment with a grant from the United Way of Frederick County. It was recently awarded a $2,000 Live United Grant to make improvements to the instruments and equipment used to treat patients. Mission of Mercy hopes to purchase a dental delivery system, which includes tools such as drills, syringes and other instruments in a compact space.

Each month the mobile clinic makes two stops in Frederick and two in Brunswick. Last year alone, nearly 2,500 free dental procedures were performed in Frederick County by Mission of Mercy volunteers. Although approximately two-thirds of Americans are able to seek dental care when necessary, often those living in poverty don’t have the ability to receive treatment. Mission of Mercy seeks to serve this population in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

“United Way is excited to work with them in this effort to provide health care to those in need,” said Joshua Pedersen, United Way CEO.

United Way of Frederick County is a community change organization. United Way works across the county to leverage resources, businesses, experts, and other service providers to advance the common good. It prepares young people to work, helps families become economically self-sufficient and helps people choose healthy lifestyles.

For more information or to make a donation, contact United Way at 301-663-4231 or visit www.unitedwayfrederick.org

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