Volunteer

Every time I volunteer, I leave the clinic knowing I was right where I should be that day, because we help people who really need us.

–Dr. Jim

 

Volunteers Make Hope Dental Possible!

Hope Dental Clinic was launched with the help of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry faculty, students and other licensed dentists, hygienists and dental assistants.

Each year we partner with hundreds of faculty and current students from the Minnesota School of Dentistry, Century College, Metro State University, Herzing University, and Argosy College, as well as members of the Saint Paul District Dental Society and a number of retired dental professionals who love serving at the Clinic.

Dental volunteers are key to the Clinic’s success and have been throughout our 50+ year history! Over 350 licensed clinicians help make Hope Dental Clinic and its free treatment services possible. If you have a special gift that will benefit our patients, please fill out a volunteer application. There are many opportunities available depending on your qualifications:

Licensed dentists, assistants, hygienists and therapists

  1. Email Amanda at amoody@hopedentalclinic.org to see if your availability fits current opportunities to serve.
  2. Complete the paperwork:
    • Volunteer Application
    • Once application is received, an e-vite for a background check will be sent by e-mail.
    • Mail a written request for a mini-license to the Board of Dentistry. (This is different from a renewal certificate.)
  3. When you receive your mini-license from the Board of Dentistry, send it to Hope Dental Clinic.
  4. Wait for approval from the Office Manager (2-10 days). Approval usually comes in the form of an email.
  5. Get on the schedule.

Pre-dental students (applying to dental school)

  1. Complete the paperwork:
    • Volunteer Application
    • Once application is received, an e-vite for a background check will be sent by e-mail.
  2. Wait for approval from the Office Manager (2-10 days). Approval usually comes in the form of an email.
  3. Get on the schedule.

Dental, therapy, hygienist and assisting students

  1. Complete the paperwork:
    • Volunteer Application 
    • Copy of background check from college and or university where you are currently enrolled.
  2. Speak with your instructor to schedule your volunteering time.

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  1. Complete the paperwork:
    • Volunteer Application
    • Once application is received, an e-vite for a background check will be sent by e-mail.
  2. Wait for approval from the Office Manager (2-10 days). Approval usually comes in the form of an email.
  3. Get on the schedule.

Board-mandated hours

  1. Email Jessica at jflotterud@hopedentalclinic.org to see if your availability fits current opportunities.
  2. Complete the paperwork:
  3. When you receive your mini-license from the Board of Dentistry, send it to Hope Dental Clinic.
  4. Wait for approval from the Office Manager (2-10 days). Approval usually comes in the form of an email.
  5. Get on the schedule.

Frequently asked questions

What are the hours of the Dental Clinic?
Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and 6 p.m.-9 p.m. We do not hold clinics on Fridays or weekends except for special events. Most volunteer opportunities are during our evening clinic with some exceptions.

All potential volunteers, please contact Amanda at amoody@hopedentalclinic.org to see what is currently available.

When are the times available to volunteer?
The times available depend on the volunteer and their schedule. We do our best to accommodate each individual’s schedule.

Returning volunteer? Check what shifts you’re signed up for by logging into your volunteer profile.

How many hours can I volunteer a week?
The number of hours a person can volunteer depends on the volunteer’s schedule and what tasks they would be doing.

What should I wear?
Please wear scrubs if you have them. If not, business casual is fine. If you’re working clinically, the clinic supplies lab jackets. Closed-foot shoes are required for everyone.

 

Contact the Dental Clinic Office Manager, Amanda Moody, at amoody@hopedentalclinic.org for more information.