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ADA Foundation creates new disaster grant, seeks donations in response to Sandy

In response to the disaster wrought by Superstorm Sandy in late October, the ADA Foundation has created an Emergency Disaster Assistance Grant exclusively for affected dentists. The new emergency resource complements the ADAF's existing Disaster Assistance Grants Program.

The ADAF is also seeking donations in a national campaign to attract funds for its Disaster Assistance Grants Program.

Superstorm Sandy slammed ashore Oct. 29 along the Eastern Seaboard and primarily devastated portions of New York and New Jersey, but also caused widespread damage in multiple other states.

"The ADA Foundation works to support dentists in their time of need," said Dr. David Whiston, president of the ADA Foundation. "During an event of this magnitude, the ADA Foundation plays a small role in the overall scope of disaster assistance. However, the support we provide dentists is surely welcome assistance at this crucial time."

Emergency Disaster Assistance Grants for victims of Superstorm Sandy are designed to quickly provide up to $1,000 in aid to dentists with immediate emergency need for food, water, clothing, shelter and counseling in the wake of this declared disaster. Dentists can apply using a simple form available at www.adafoundation.org.

The deadline for victims of Superstorm Sandy to apply to the ADA Foundation for Emergency Disaster Assistance Grants is Nov. 30 by 5 p.m. Central Standard Time.

The ADAF continues to offer its existing Disaster Assistance Grants, which provide up to $5,000 for eligible dentists who have lost property in a declared disaster and to organizations that can provide emergency dental care in areas affected by declared disasters. The $5,000 Disaster Assistance Grant requires a more extensive demonstration of financial need, property loss and information about insurance coverage and payments made to the applicant.

The deadline to apply for the $5,000 Disaster Assistance Grant is 60 days after the declared disaster.

The ADA Foundation is seeking monetary donations for its Disaster Assistance Fund.
"Given the breadth and severity of the storm, the Foundation anticipates a need greater than the resources available, and invites individual contributions to help fully fund the grants," Dr. Whiston said.

To assist the ADA Foundation in providing assistance to dentists affected by Hurricane Sandy and other declared disasters, make your tax-deductible donation to ADA Foundation by calling 1-312-440-2547, by visiting www.adafoundation.org.