As the holidays are ending, the season of “giving” often takes a break as well. The beginning of the New Year can be especially difficult for those who are less fortunate, so why not extend the season of giving a little longer.

This could be a great opportunity for you and your staff members to reach out to those in need in your community while bonding with each other. As a team, you could meet and share ideas and come up with a plan for what you would like to do. There are many existing events to choose from, or you could come up with your own project.

The internet can be a great resource for finding opportunities to participate in, and there are several websites dedicated to pointing you in the right direction. For example: and are set up so that you can select the skills that you have to offer and your location and they will provide you with a list of possible opportunities to choose from.

Some other options are to contact local organizations, like Habitat for Humanity, to provide toothbrushes and other dental supplies for family members moving into new homes or visit local elementary schools to educate children on proper oral hygiene.

The possibilities are endless for you and your team to use your valuable training and resources to help others, and you will all benefit from the experience and time spent together. Don’t forget to share your experiences with your patients on your website, or Facebook page; they will surely appreciate your efforts to help out the community.

Written by Marcia Patterson, Regional Account Executive/ Recruiter at ETS Dental. You can reach Marcia at (540) 491-9118 or Find out more at

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