Kentucky-Based USA Cares Celebrates Veterans Day with a Delta Dental of Kentucky Donation
Delta Dental’s Charitable Initiative, Making Smiles Happen, will continue its support of military families
Louisville, KY (November 11, 2016)
- USA Cares is pleased to announce it received a large donation from Delta Dental of Kentucky’s charitable initiative, Making Smiles Happen®
, to benefit their veteran support programs and events.
Delta Dental has been contributing financially to the organization since 2013, but has since increased its giving over the last two years. To date, the organization has received over $250,000 in grant money from Delta Dental to help move USA Cares’ mission forward. These funds will benefit the USA Cares Standing in Reflection
Gala, as well as further its commitment in providing assistance to post-9/11 active duty U.S. military service personnel, veterans, and their families.
“USA Cares is an organization that goes above and beyond for our veterans. As a former Navy man, I’m honored to have the opportunity to participate in this event. I’m even more thrilled that Delta Dental has put its support behind USA Cares’ mission,” said John Weeks, Delta Dental of Kentucky Vice President and General Counsel, and USA Cares KY Chapter Board Member.
The donation will also aid USA Cares with its Emergency Assistance, Career Transition, Combat Injured Assistance Programs. Additionally, Delta Dental’s sponsorship has made it possible for USA Cares to meet over 400 needs for families receiving financial assistance for basic necessities such as food and housing.
Delta Dental of Kentucky has a long history of supporting charitable causes, and in 2015 expanded these efforts by introducing its charitable initiative, Making Smiles Happen®.
This initiative has donated over $6 million dollars in contributions, 3,056 staff volunteer hours and 280,000 toothbrushes throughout the Commonwealth.
"USA Cares has been blessed with a strong partnership with Delta Dental of Kentucky," said Hank Patton, Executive Director of USA Cares. "Their continued support, whether monetary or volunteer, has benefited our organization in more ways than we can express. What is even more important is the value they place on ‘service greater than self’ when it comes to serving military veterans and their families, whether through donated dental services for any veteran with a VA disability rating across the nation, volunteering to support the Kentucky Chapter of USA Cares, or the $261,000 dollars of monetary support they have given to assist over 250 post-9/11 veterans and their families since 2014."
About Delta Dental of Kentucky and Making Smiles Happen®:
Delta Dental of Kentucky is committed to bright smiles and healthy lifestyles for its 700,000 enrollees and the communities we serve. Delta Dental of Kentucky is part of a family of companies that collectively are among the largest, most experienced dental plan administrators in the nation. Our network of providers gives our customers access to high-quality, affordable dental care.
Making Smiles Happen® is Delta Dental of Kentucky’s promise to serve our communities and residents one smile at a time. Aimed with the task of promoting oral health to the citizens of Kentucky, this initiative supports many non-profit partners. Giving back is a core component of our culture at Delta Dental, and Making Smiles Happen enables this support to be given to organizations that champion a better quality of life for citizens throughout our Commonwealth.
About USA Cares:
USA Cares (www.usacares.org) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that addresses the critical and unmet needs of post-9/11 service members and their families by providing them with immediate financial and advocacy support in times of crisis. The non-profit organization strives to reach families at the earliest stage of intervention to prevent further financial distress and suffering. USA Cares has responded to over 85,000 requests for emergency financial help with millions of dollars in granted assistance.