My parents always reminded me of the importance of community service. I remember serving in soup kitchens, doing lots of church events, and remembering that the feeling of helping out other people is simply one of the best feelings you can have.
The freshmen moved in over the weekend, and there were a lot of student clubs / organizations that were donating their time to help out, and many of these organizations will continue to do community service events throughout the year. Here are a few that I’m personally involved with. I’d also highly recommend these groups to anyone who wants to have some fun while helping others at the same time…not to mention you’ll get to meet a lot of new friends.
Sun Devil Survivor – SDS hosts the ultimate camp weekend in Prescott where the main 4 residential regions at ASU have competitions all day…and night.
Outlaw Comedy – Outlaw Comedy hosts the best comedy show on a college campus in America. Period.
Man Up – Man Up is standing up for respect.
Over the next couple of weeks, you will see a lot of students sporting the shirts of these organizations on campus.
So where am I going with this?
Giving to charity and doing community service events are great ways to give back to the community. But non-profit work goes even further than giving a helping hand. It’s also beneficial for whoever is giving. You meet a lot of people during events, and it always comes back to reward you in some way.
Over the past few months, I’ve been able to have more conversations with some clients (dentists) to see what kind of community service and non-profit events they participate in, and it was very encouraging to hear some of their stories. The way dentists get rewarded for doing free dentistry during community service events or by making donations is simply because more people will hear about their brand and will naturally refer them new patients. I’ll go into a few individual stories below.
Azalea Dental & Oral Health America
Azalea Dental works with a non-profit called Oral Health America. The goal of Oral Health of America is to promote public awareness of oral disease and the need to eliminate it through oral health education and service programs.
Azalea Dental finds that this is an important message to more than just their clients. By joining in with OHA, Azalea Dental is able to donate to an important cause – America’s oral health – while also promoting their practice.
CDIC Dental & Operation Smile
CDIC Dental has partnered with Operation Smile, a children’s charity, in providing free reconstructive surgeries for children born with cleft deformities. By donating to these charities, CDIC Dental’s name can be found as one of the donors, and their practice’s personality can shine through their good deeds.
The importance of a properly functioning mouth is something that can’t be taken lightly, and CDIC Dental is doing something about it. By helping raise money for children to have these surgeries, CDIC Dental is giving children with cleft abnormalities a second chance at a life without eating, speaking and socializing struggles.
Smile Design Studio& National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped
Dr. Mark A Falco has increased his brand awareness by working with the National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped (NFDH). Dr. Falco provides services like sedation dentistry in his office – a practice that makes it easier on those with special needs to receive the oral care they need. He is able to market his work with those that are disabled, elderly, or medically at-risk by increasing awareness and raising money for the NFDH.
The NFDH raises money for over 100,000 disabled, elderly, or medically at-risk patients who might otherwise not receive proper care. Dr. Falco participates by donating money to the NFDH. It allows him to open the discussion for a better future when it comes to helping patients that go through the NFDH as well as personify his practice’s brand.
Mint Dental & Give Back a Smile
Mint Dental is working with Give Back a Smile, a program that provides free dental care for survivors of domestic abuse who have broken or damaged teeth. Give Back a Smile is part of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s Charitable Foundation.
The team members of Mint Dental are dedicated to providing an outstanding experience to all their patients and providing the highest level of care for their patient’s oral health. But by participating with this charity event, Mint Dental is doing more than just giving back to America. They are marketing their business’s image as well as getting their practice’s name to reach further.
Dr. Michael Nugent & Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children
Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children is an organization that works to revolutionize the oral health of all children through adolescence specifically for those who come from a low-income family and those with special health care needs by utilizing education, research and services.
Dr. Michael Nugent is involved with this charity, and it is a perfect fit. Dr. Michael Nugent actively seeks the latest technology in his office in order to provide revolutionary dental care. Not only is he donating to a charity that is working on advancing dental care, but he is then implementing the advancements made in dental care in his own office as soon as they are available. It’s a great representation of his practice.
The End Result
Helping the community is definitely something to be proud of. Sharing your favorite charity that encompasses something you are passionate about with others around you is huge. It’s bigger than you, it’s bigger than the charity, and it is certainly bigger than the dollar sign.
Participating in charity events creates a circle of benefits for everybody involved. Those who are in need are getting help – which is truly important. Those who love to help people are getting the opportunity to with every donation and event that occurs within the charity. And you are getting to develop your business’s own, unique personality publicly while making a difference within your own community.
In business classes, we can easily forget that there are more than numbers to crunch. So my recommendation is that you take some time to think about the students wearing Sun Devil Survivor shirts and Man Up shirts. Think about what they stand for, and if you align with their vision, join them. Donating some time and giving back to the community is often one of the greatest decisions people make. Start thinking about helping others now while you’re in college. As you get older, there’s more distractions. The time is now.