PROJECT HEALTHY SMILE

Rating: 4.79 stars   19 reviews

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Location: P.O. Box 2721 Minneapolis MN 55402 USA

Mission: Provide oral health education and dental supplies to underprivileged children globally.
Results: Currently PHS has programs in Haiti, Uganda, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Target demographics: Children organizations and orphanages in impoverished countries.
Geographic areas served: Haiti, Uganda, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Programs: http://projecthealthysmile.org/program/
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Rating: 5 stars  

Michelle is our daughter in law and Hollie is a friend. These 2 giving, generous, and loving women have done so much in helping children learn about dental care since the beginning. They have left their families and traveled thousands of miles to give of their hearts. We are very proud and and hope that the generosity of the public will help them continue their education and love to many children.

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Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Project Healthy Smile is such a wonderful non-profit organization. The two young women who started it are so dedicated and hard working. The love and compassion they have for others is amazing! They are determined to help as many children globally as they can to have better health. We here in Minnesota are very proud of them and totally back their foundation's hard work.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Project Healthy Smile is an organization run by genuinely concerned people who clearly intend to do something for the world's indigent. The intense work, time, expense and dedication to such a worthy cause is extremely admirable. We need more people like this!

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Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Project Healthy Smile is an incredibly worthwhile non profit. This organization is focused on helping children worldwide with their oral health. Not only does PHS go to underdeveloped countries and provide dental cleaning services for youth who do not have substantial resources, they are also committed to education and maintenance. This gives these young generations of depressed populations a new life skill that can ultimately have a large impact on their overall health. I truly believe this is a necessary gift that the children receive due to the efforts of Project Healthy Smile, and a skill that is simple, yet crucial at the same time. Please do what you can to support them.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Project Healthy Smile is a nonprofit organization that brings light to a major problem in other parts of the world where impoverished children lack sufficient dental supplies and knowledge of proper dental care techniques. I started working with Project Healthy Smile as an intern at the beginning of my Senior year of college. I have served a number of roles within the organization and performed many duties since I joined, including tracking and organizing donations, sending thank you kits to donors, and acting as the event coordinator.

As the event coordinator on the board for PHS, I am responsible for coordinating and executing our largest fundraising event of the year, Styles for Smiles. Styles for Smiles is a fundraising event that consists of a fashion show, a portion of the proceeds from clothing and jewelry sales going to PHS, a silent auction, and a raffle. This involves planning the event space, finding and coordinating vendors, soliciting donations for the silent auction and raffle and organizing these items/services. Another role that I have as the event coordinator is to venture into other fundraising events and start to plan those as well.

If this is a review of the organization, then here is what I have to say about the strengths and weaknesses of PHS. There are three major strengths of PHS. The first is that the organization has a strong mission and is a great cause that it is easy for people to come behind. The second major strength that PHS has is the loyalty, hard work, and dedication of its board members and those who support PHS. The third strength is the integrated marketing communications. The branding for PHS is very clear and uniform. This is shown through the website, the business cards, the event communications and marketing, and more. The reason for this clear and consistent branding largely rests with Hollie Mae, and I think it is a tremendous strength for the organization.

The only weakness that the organization has is that as it is growing, PHS is having trouble keeping up with the increasing number of contacts, amount of donor data, and other information that is incoming. However, even this weakness is one that the organization is working on even now. PHS is now collaborating with a group to now track all donor and contact information. So, even the weakness that PHS has is going to be turning into a strength.

Project Healthy Smile is an organization that has the highest integrity and a strong and wonderful mission. The founders, Michelle and Hollie Mae, are two women who had a great vision. It has been a pleasure to see that vision grow and their work be carried out, aiding impoverished children around the world.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

planning and executing a successful fundraising event. The Styles for Smiles event this April was a huge success, raising enough funds for sustainability in SE Asia for the next year.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The strengths and weaknesses are listed above.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Project Healthy Smile is really fun to help out, because it never feels like work or a chore. They always have great events, that are not your standard fund raisers. I was a bartender at a fashion show fund raising event and got to wear a wig with a fake mustache. PHS is very good about raising awareness with out being push and keeping things lighthearted.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have been seen how they can get people to have a great time and give even just a little and walk away knowing they made a difference.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not much to change they are organized and have you do things you are suited for. They could let other people be Timmy the Tooth I guess.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Project Healthy Smile addresses an important health issue so many of us take for granted. According to the Center for Disease Control tooth decay affects children in the United States more than any other chronic infectious disease. One can only imagine how it affects children in impoverished countries. Many children have never even seen a toothbrush. Bad oral health can lead to many systemic health problems. Teaching children good habits at a young age increases their chances of carrying those good habits into adulthood. Project Healthy Smile has a powerful mission that will change the lives of many children one smile at a time.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Vietnam and Haiti

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change anything.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The passion that Michelle and Hollie Mae put forward to make this organization successful is amazing. They see that the children who are suffering cannot make a positive change in their lives if they do not have healthy gums and teeth. They have traveled to some of the most needy places in the world and have helped children to learn the importance of good oral health. They are very creative in planning many successful fundraising events that cover all economic ranges and interests. They will stop at nothing to continue this journey that leads to a better world and future. I am proud to be a donor and volunteer with Project Healthy Smile.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through conversations with Hollie Mae and social media sites, I have seen the pictures and information that shows what a difference they have made so far and the ways in which they continue to serve.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have them travel to more places to help the children and provide shipping suppliers so there could be some oral health care collection boxes placed around town. The reason they can't do this is because shipping costs are so high. I would love for my children to get involved with collection sites if shipping cost were not an issue.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Opportunites of the West side of the metro area.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Great

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered at several Project Healthy Smile events around the metro area. All have been professionally run, and well attended. I have seen the work these men and women do and fully support their mission. At the moment, I am not able to provide much financial support to Project Healthy Smile and choose instead to show my support through volunteered time.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

photos and trestimonials from the founding members

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Can't think of anything...?

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