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Review for Appalachian Life Quality Initiative, Oneida, TN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have direct experience with this charity, the work they do, and the people who make this program work. I am a dentist, and I volunteer each fall to help ALQI provide dental screenings to all of the kids in our county from headstart to 8th grade. I also volunteer each spring to go back into the schools with ALQI to provide dental education to the school children in our area. I have seen first hand how this program has helped the children in our county. Dental decay is a major problem in our county, starting when many children are very young. ALQI works tirelessly to screen all the children, follow up on the ones who have immediate and severe needs, schedule appointments, and bring the children to our local clinic to receive care, free of charge or at least at on a sliding scale so the care that is needed is provided. These screenings, treatments, and educational programs have made a huge difference in the health of our children. I have been doing this for many years, and although we still have a lot of unmet needs, the amount and the severity of the decay that I see at the screenings continues to improve over the years. I enjoy working with the awesome people who work for ALQI. They are cheerful, friendly, helpful and will do anything in their power to help anyone in our community who has a need. And, taking care of the dental needs of the children of this county is just ONE of the many wonderful things that ALQI does for our community.

Role:  Volunteer