Volunteers needed for free dental care event

Erica Zucco
August 11, 2017 09:18 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- This September, up to 1500 patients who can’t afford dental care will get it for free when dentists from across the state will donate time and tool at the fifth annual NM Mission of Mercy event. But to pull it all off, they need volunteers to handle tasks outside of dental work.


At Mission of Mercy clinics, New Mexicans in need get top-notch care as New Mexico Dental Association Foundation specialists change lives one smile at a time.

"Fillings, extractions, we'll also be doing cancer exams, screenings and limited root canals and limited temporary partial," Dr. Greg LoPour of LoPour & Associations DDS Smiles by Design said.

This year’s event offers clinics on September 22nd and 23rd at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Right now, organizers are asking volunteers to step up.

"They are the heartbeat of this event," Paige LoPour said. "We have the need for about 800 volunteers to make this work so you, Albuquerque, go to, you can click on the volunteer button and there’s lots of places to help out, patient hospitality, parking, escorts, taking patients to and from areas of treatment."

Volunteers don’t have to have dental backgrounds to make a difference; they just need to be ready to share a smile.

"This is a huge event and it takes so many people, we couldn’t do this without our community, I invite you and anyone else who wants to experience this to come out," Dr. LoPour said.

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Erica Zucco

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