Speaking on behalf of the Greater Nashua Dental Connection, Dedra Twomey, Executive Director, had this to say, “For over 17 years, The Greater Nashua Dental Center (GNDC) has proudly provided access to affordable oral health care to all those in need. The GNDC has been the only non-profit oral health care provider in Southern New Hampshire willing to see people of all ages, regardless of financial, linguistic, cultural, or geographic barriers. The GNDC has been privileged to provide thousands of resident’s access to affordable, comprehensive oral health care. We serve an increasingly diverse and growing population that includes low-income and under, and or uninsured children and adults, veterans, refugees, elderly, prenatal, mentally-ill, HIV/AIDS patients, and disabled persons.”
The funding provided by the United Way over the years has helped to uphold the Greater Nashua Dental Connections mission and commitment to improving the dental health and lives of all those in need. The aid provided throughout the last seventeen years has permitted GNDC to continue treating all the uninsured children who may have never received services if it was not for the free care that they were able to provide. It honored them in treating our veterans who have sacrificed so much to serve our country by providing each and every one with the care they sought. It enabled them to keep treating the cancer patients who are sent in desperate need to become infection free to begin their chemo or radiation, as well as the patients waiting for transplants, and heart surgery. It has gifted them in serving our elderly and young adults as well as, any individual who want and needs the proper oral health care in order to maintain their overall health.
President Mike Apfelberg, speaking about United Ways’ work done with GNDC “United Way is proud to be a supporter of the Greater Nashua Dental Connection. For people living in poverty, quality dental care is some of the most difficult to come by health care that there is. In many cases, even if a person is insured under Medicaid or the Affordable Care Act, dental care still isn’t covered. We consider it critical to support the Dental Connection in it’s mission of providing those services to our at risk populations, whether it be homeless adults, children in poverty, or anybody else who simply cannot afford to pay for dental care. We take seriously the necessity to raise awareness around this issue and to provide whatever support we can, and we are so please to be able to call the Dental Connection our partner.”
Through the generous supporters in our community, United Way of Greater Nashua currently provides program funding for 29 different programs in 17 different agencies throughout the greater Nashua area. This area encompasses 11 communities, including Nashua, Hudson, Merrimack, Milford, and the surrounding towns. United Way partners with individuals, companies, and thousands of company employees to raise these funds, primarily through payroll giving. In addition to supporting critical needs in our community, United Way also plays a leading role in youth substance abuse prevention through the “Nashua Prevention Coalition” and is deeply involved in immigrant-integration issues through the “One Greater Nashua” initiative. If you are interested in learning more about United Way of Greater Nashua and becoming a partner company or agency, please visit them on-line at www.unitedwaynashua.org or call (603)882-4011.