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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Community Clinics, Health

Mission: Improving the health and well-being of children in need.

Results: CVHN has helped more than 15,000 kids by facilitating more than 70,000 medical, dental, vision and specialty procedures since inception in 2005 totaling over $5 million in free services.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3,072 students

Geographic areas served: Walton and Okaloosa Counties

Programs: Healthcare Referral Program, 'Just For Grins' Mobile Dental Clinic, CVHN Dental Clinic

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Whitney13

Client Served

Rating: 1

The wait staff is vulgar. I brought my niece to an appointment, and I asked how long it would be they said 10 minutes or so. Since they have so many signs in the waiting room about no cell phones I stepped outside and the lady chased me down and was so rude telling me to return to the waiting room and then staring at my license plate before we entered the building. I am not from here and do not know if there are other dentists in the area but as an Aunt, who was just bringing my niece to an appointment, I am disappointed with the service and would recommend using another dentist in the area, unless you like to be treated poorly. There is also a lady in the waiting room who just finished a cancer treatment which made her lethargic and she asked if she could sit in her vehicle parked right in front of the doors and the front desk lady very rudely said no and treated her unfairly. Just genuinely disappointed in this business.

******UPDATE (June 2016):

After leaving this review, the staff waited approximately three months then sent my sister a letter saying they could not longer see my niece and nephew as patients as they did not like receiving a poor review for the terrible business practices. Please, people, do not give this business any attention they are highly disrespectful, and I do not throw accusations around lightly.

Board Member

Rating: 5

CVHN turns 9 yrs old this month! The organization began because of the dire need of one child.
This particular child was bullied and needed orthodontics and counseling.I saw him every Wednesday at an after school outreach program. He was a terror but had leadership qualities that could go in any direction if misguided.
I told myself that someone should help this child...and someone did...an entire grassroots community began a movement to care for all the underinsured and uninsured children in need of medical,dental, mental health and vision receive help.
In the past 9 yrs over 7,000 appts have occurred ,92 volunteer medical providers participate and we have a full time dental clinic and dental bus.
All children deserve to be healthy and happy.

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

CVHN is a grassroots organization that was formed to help our most vulnerable population-Children. Each child is precious and receives the same care a paying client would receive through our volunteer providers.
Medical,dental and mental healthcare are not luxuries,they are necessities.I have seen lives changed.One boy in particular who was the catalyst for the formation of the organization was bullied in school.He was on detention more than he was in class for fighting.A very angry boy.
The kids called him monster mouth beause he had several teeth all in the wrong place.His single mom had no resources and another child at home.CVHN asked an orthodontist to help this boy.The transformation was almost immediate when he received his medically needed braces.Grades went from D's and F's to B's and he became the youngest manager of the wrestling team. There are many kids like him that CVHN has been blessed to help.We can impact lives with words but action changes worlds.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The real results for the children in our community
is so critical to their well being and future. What's
better than to see a smile on the face of a child
whose just seen the dentist? Well, maybe the
child who just received glasses and can see well
for the first time in their memory. All of the children
serviced will have a better life as a result of the
volunteers efforts.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

Children's Volunteer Health Network does some of the most important work in our community. More than 2/3s of residents do not have health insurance. They are making a tremendous difference in the lives of many families.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen 1st hand that this is a service that is truly needed in our community and surrounding. We are blessed to have the group of people serving and giving of thier time and assistance to make it possible. Being in need doesnt have to mean being needy, its what we share when others arent on top of thier plan or have been knocked down. This service gives confidence to the children served in school and in the nieghborhood. This group of givers should be honored for thier wonderful service to this area!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My nephew was a patient on the Mobile Dental Clinic and her was the happiest little boy ever. He went to a dentist prior to that visit and was strapped down to a chair while his mother was not allowed to be in the room with him so he was scared to have dental work and also his mother could not afford to take get any other procedures he needed complete. CVHN made him comfortable and took his fears of the dentist chair away. I wish this was a non profit in many more areas of our country. Much needed!

Review from Guidestar

DeLene S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a former principal and teacher, I have seen many children trying to learn in school when they have a toothache, have not had a good night's sleep because of pain or family problems. I know that it's very hard for children to learn when they are enduring physical or mental pain. That's why it gave me great pleasure to volunteer to help CVHN care for these children. It's been my pleasure to transport grateful parents and children to dental and counseling appointments. It was a joy to deliver small gifts of appreciation to the wonderful dentists and other health care providers at special times. I also spent several days working on the dental bus. Since I was familiar with the schools, I was able to pick the children up from class, deliver them to the bus, and take them back to class after treatment.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CVHN's contribution to childern's health and dental needs is incredible. In addition to the direct help it provides to the children and their families, it gives the children renewed confidence in school and in their nieghborhood. Once they are no longer worrying about their health or dental needs, or suffering from the pain of unknown causes, they can then just focus on being kids and excelling in school.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

CVHN has a firm mission for helping direct needs of children. They are creative in their fundraising and make the most out of every dollar raised and donated to impact the lives of children.

Review from Guidestar

Penny J.

Board Member

Rating: 5

CVHN has an outstanding mission - to help provide medical/dental care for uninsured or underinsured children in Walton and Okaloosa counties. The best testimonials are given by the children. Kids that have never visited a dentist are greeted by a warm and personable staff onboard the Mobile Dental Clinic in the familiar location of their school parking lot. Children that have earned bad grades because of poor eyesight receive not only glasses, but a new found confidence. The results can be measured daily by the growing number of children in our local community that are helped by the tireless volunteers and commited medical professionals dedicating their time and talents. It is an outstanding organization and I am proud to be a member.

Review from Guidestar