My experiences witnessing the barriers to dental care motivated me to become involved with the organization Smile Train. I have fundraised for treatment for children with clefts and provided literacy to the community about cleft conditions. My involvement with this organization not only fulfilled me deeply, but also gave me a background in oral and maxillofacial terminology while also improving my communication and teamwork skills. This experience will inevitably prepare me for a career as a dentist and help me reduce health-care disparities.
This has been beyond the most amazing Nonprofit organization I have been a part of. They have welcomed me with open arms, in pursuit of working together to help change and impact the lives of all children and parents world wide. This is an organization who is here to serve and bless those less fortunate. The entire team is full of true integrity and I could not be anymore blessed and honored to be a part of such an amazing organization. I would just like to thank the entire team for welcoming me every single time I get a chance to serve with them.
Smile Train deserves the honor of The Best of the Best when it comes to non-profits! I know when I make a donation to Smile Train that tha money is going to change a life forever! Their model uses common sense - train medical staff in their own country and create hospitals that specialize in one life saving surgery.
Smile Train has been one of the favorite non-profits for fund raising for the North Little Rock, Arkansas, Mayor's Youth Council that I direct. The teens have raised money for these surgeries by having bake sales, car washes, garden birthday parties, selling juice and fruit skewers at church, making chocolate covered strawberries for Mother's Day, and hosting smile contests at school.
This year's Volunteer of the Year for the Mayor's Youth Council is starting college this year to study to be a nurse. Her speech at our year-end banquet was about Smile Train. In it she said how wonderful it is to know that somewhere there are children that she will never know and who will never know her, who have a smile that she put on their faces... and that she made a life-changing difference... forever.
Smile Train is a wonderful organization that provides free surgery to children with cleft. Along with my daughter, I participate in fundraising and raising awareness for Smile Train by hosting an annual "Mile For A Smile" walk every October in Ridgefield, CT. For just $250 a child's whole life can be changed with a 45min surgery - the before and after is amazing. My daughter and I appreciate the encouragement of Manager Caitlin Roarke and CEO Susie Schaefer who have a great spirit and are doing inspiring work.
We have been supporters of The Smile Train foundation for many years. Our experience is always wonderful. It is such an amazing feeling seeing with you own eyes, the community around you rise to the occasion of giving. To help children around the world is a fulfilling feeling that doesn't end with the day of the fundraiser. We are honored to play a part in this generous display of compassion.
Smile Train is doing a lot for Cleft victims. Its been a pioneering organization who is unconditionally helping them. I have been in touch with Smile Train since 2013, when a cleft girl namely Subhadra of Deogarh, Odisha (India) get cured. It was a dream of that girl and for her poor family, which also brought great happiness in my life. Since then I have become a big fan of Smile Train. Whenever I meet clefts around me, I tell them about smile train and get them connected. There is a need to stretch its branches to get reach of the inaccessible patients who are unaware of its treatment and in blind belief. There is also a need to wake up the local govt administration, health institutions to come forward and actively address this issue. Raising funds for the underprivileged cleft victims is also important. I am looking forward to be recognized volunteer of Smile Train and can actively participate all concerns.
Smile Train is one of the best charities I have ever been involved with. As a volunteer at many of their events, I have had the chance to interact with the amazing staff who care so much about the organization. This is such an amazing cause and I am proud to be a supporter. They have changed so many lives all over the world!!
I support smile train because they are amazing! Such a selfless organization helping people get corrective surgeries for cleft. 26 years ago I was born with a cleft palate. My family didnt know about smile train but I am sure they would have helped me. I enjoy volunteering in NYC with the great staff. Also the view is breathtaking. :-)
-Tiffany Dawson age 26 NYC
Amazing work! Smile Train does life changing work that brings joy to so many lives. I am a proud volunteer and I am grateful to work for such a powerful charity.
Last year, I joined smile train as a volunteer and social media ambassador! They are changing so many children's lives and putting smiles on their faces. They always keep you informed about local and worldwide events giving you the opportunity to help in whatever way you're able to. The entire staff is amazing and they're really passionate about the children which makes you care even more! Smile Train gives children the opportunity to be children and not feel different from their peers.
SmileTrain is a great organization with a great team. I have been associated with them for the last 10 months and have nothing but positive experiences. I have also visited 2 of their offices. They run a lean operation and are serious about making a difference. You are welcome to reach out to me if you have any questions or doubts.
Everyone needs to relax about the salary situation. Ms. Ma makes ~$400K and is the top paid official. Donations increased by over 500% on her watch - I don't know the contribution distribution among each donor level, but even assuming a minimum donation of $50 per person she would have generated an additional $71M which would equate to over 200,000 more surgeries than if someone else had been doing her job and donations stayed static.
So when I see people so outraged that this woman gets paid what she gets paid it's ridiculous. If you want talent you need to pay for it - people that can pull something like that off should get paid well for it - and it doesn't mean they don't care just because they're paid well.
I have been an active supporter but I'am reconsidering! the CEO's excessive salary is way out of line! I will look else where to give it is such a shame I liked the Charity as always some people get greedy and ruin it!
Is smile train aware that someone is calling and not saying anything then hanging up? i am getting these calls once a week and if they dont stop i am going to the better business . the reason i know it s mile train is because i tried calling the numbers back. there is no reason to do this except to give the smile train a bad name. the numbers are 1-866-223-6830 and 1-866-223-7166.
When seeing the solicitation in Boating Magazine I wanted to contribute. I generally give between $100 to $2500 and I contributed to over 30 different orgs last year. I now only give to those that show a very high % to the cause through the internet vrs fund raising and overhead cost. Smile train clearly does not qualify as a honest organization. If they got rid of those NYC apts and high saleries, I would give a minimum of $2500.
Just got done sitting in the hospital here in Brazil with a teenage girl who lives at an orphanage that I volunteer with. She had her cleft palate repaired this weekend, no cost to the non-profit orphanage and was given good care by the smile train staff. Her life will never be the same thanks to operation smile! i am pleased to see their positive impact, way to go!