Our volunteers keep us going!
Our mission began with volunteers, and the service of generous folks in our community remains just as essential today! Interested in giving time to make a difference? Check out the info below:
Frequently Asked Questions
I am a dentist. What time commitment must I make? What should I expect?
Dentists typically serve a 2-4 hour shift, from once a month, to once a quarter, to once or twice a year. Everything helps! You will submit your procedure preferences, and will only be scheduled with the types of procedures you have listed. You can make a greater impact if you bring an RDA with you, but it isn’t required, as our Registered Dental Assistants are experts at working with volunteers.
Seasoned providers are also needed to serve as mentors for the clinic’s AEGD Residents. When you are approved, instead of being scheduled with patient care during your shift, you will be on hand to advise and answer questions from the dentists completing their general residencies. If you have practiced for at least 10 years, and have a teacher’s heart, this opportunity is for you!
Are Registered Dental Hygienists needed?
Absolutely! If you are registered in the state of Tennessee, you may be scheduled to give care to our patients after completing a Volunteer Orientation and 1-3 shadow shifts with our RDH staffers. Once it is determined you are ready to see patients for us, you may be scheduled a 2-4 hour shift one or more times, or may be called to fill in for a scheduled staff or volunteer RDH. Our volunteer needs are determined by our patient load, and we may not always have shifts available.
How about Registered Dental Assistants?
Assistants who volunteer in our clinic must be registered with the state of Tennessee, and have at least 6 months of work experience. If you meet these criteria, you will also complete a Volunteer Orientation and 1-3 shadow shifts with our RDA staffers. Once it is determined you are ready to see patients for us, you may be scheduled a 2-4 hour shift one or more times, or may be called to fill in for a scheduled staff or volunteer RDA. Our volunteer needs are determined by our patient load, and we may not always have shifts available.
New graduates and Assistants with less than 6 months’ work experience will follow our Student and New Graduate Protocol.
I am a Pre-dental/RDH/RDA student or a new RDA graduate, or just interested in dentistry. May I observe in your clinic?
Interfaith is dedicated to the encouragement and cultivation of potential dental professionals. As we receive countless requests for observation and shadowing, we ask volunteers to follow our Student and New Graduate Protocol to earn clinic observation time. After a preliminary nonclinical volunteer period of 6-8 weeks (at least 6 volunteer shifts), student or graduate may complete one clinic observation shift for every 4-6 nonclinical volunteer shifts, as clinic needs dictate, and per Volunteer Coordinator’s and Clinic Director’s discretion.
Are there opportunities for nonclinical volunteers?
Yes! Please see our Non-Clinical Volunteer Opportunities List for jobs and descriptions. Please note that some positions require specific time commitment for recurring service.
Do you ever organize medical/dental mission trips?
If you are looking on this page, we know you care about people! We would be happy to connect you with local dentists who currently serve internationally OR you can find a trip/experience for yourself on http://medicalmissions.org. Current opportunities exist with Luke 9:2 Ministries. Visit our News and Events page for more information!
How do I get started?
Excellence in Volunteer Engagement
Congratulations to Interfaith Dental Clinic’s volunteers!
Interfaith Dental Clinic was among the first agencies to earn Excellence in Volunteer Engagement (EVE) certification in 2012 from the Nashville Mayor’s Office, Hands On Nashville, and the Center for Nonprofit Management. EVE certification is given to recognize organizations with high-quality volunteer management and effective volunteer programs, and Interfaith has again been recertified for another two-year term in 2016.
If you would like more information on volunteering or to schedule a tour, please contact:
Kristin Dillard Kim, Volunteer Engagement Specialist