Press Release – Brussels / London – 26 May 2016. Sedex – the leading non-profit organisation working with buyers, suppliers and auditors to improve global supply chains – and BSCI – the leading business-driven initiative supporting retailers, importers and brands to improve working conditions in supplying factories and farms worldwide – have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to co-develop projects and programmes that enhance the sustainability efforts of their memberships.
The partnership will see the two organisations working more closely together, leveraging their joint strengths to drive scale within the responsible sourcing industry and creating numerous benefits for the memberships of both. This will establish a firm base and mutual understanding which can be further built upon to continue the collaboration in future.
“After months of discussion, it is with great excitement that we announce the collaboration between Sedex and BSCI”, commented Jonathan Ivelaw-Chapman, Sedex CEO. “While the two organisations have historically been competitors, both recognise that simplification and collaboration – core values of Sedex and BSCI – are absolutely crucial to the development of the responsible supply chain industry as a whole.”
“Although both organisations will remain separate entities with separate memberships, goals and objectives, we are looking forward to leveraging the considerable market size of both BSCI and Sedex to effect positive change in the industry”, commented Christian Ewert, FTA Director General. “We are confident that this MoU will be the start of a long and fruitful relationship for BSCI, Sedex, and the companies that make up our global memberships.”
Within the overall aims of reducing duplication of effort, driving scale and setting the grounds for an active collaboration, the MoU outlines a number of focus areas for immediate attention:
This new partnership comes at an exciting time for both organisations. Sedex has recently launched ‘Sedex Advance’, the world’s largest collaborative platform for sharing data on supply chains, as its membership continues to expand beyond 38,000 members in over 150 countries. Meanwhile, BSCI has launched its upgraded BSCI 2.0 system – a holistic model fostering responsible business practices – and the FTA Academy, a new online service providing over 1,800 companies and 28,000 producers worldwide with access to exclusive learning material and courses.
A list of FAQs can be found here.
Supporting quotes from BSCI & Sedex members
Lary Brown, Vice President- Head of Global Social & Environmental Sustainability, Esprit (BSCI member):
“The partnership between Sedex and BSCI is an important step forward for our industry and for the world of social compliance in general. Two of the largest monitoring organisations working together provides opportunities for members of both organisations, as well as thousands of supplier factories, and sends a more uniform message about what we are trying to do. The cooperation emphasises that the multiple organisations in this field are, indeed, all working toward the same goal of seeing ILO standards implemented in workplaces around the world.”
Louise Nicholls, Head of Responsible Sourcing, Packaging and Plan A, M&S (Sedex member)
“As a founding member of Sedex, Marks & Spencer welcomes the announcement of its collaboration with BSCI. Both organisations have been instrumental in driving an improvement of standards and continue to innovate in this space. We look forward to seeing the outputs of this new cooperation and how this pooling of resources will increase impact on shared industry issues and development of supply chain improvement opportunities.”
On June 1st GENBAND employees will participate in more than 75 volunteer activities that will benefit non-profit organizations and charities in 25 countries
Press Release – PLANO, TX, May 26, 2016 – GENBAND™, a leading provider of real time communications solutions, today announced as part of its year-round Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts the kickoff of its sixth annual Global Day of Service with more than 75 volunteer activities scheduled in more than 25 countries. Each year on June 1st, GENBAND’s global employee base participates in volunteer activities benefiting non-profit agencies and charitable organizations all around the world. Since the inception of the Global Day of Service or “GENBAND Day” in 2010, GENBAND employees have dedicated more than 50,000 hours to community service.
“Our Global Day of Service has become part of our fabric and DNA at GENBAND and it’s something that our team members take extreme pride in every year,” said Robin Wright, Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Operations at GENBAND. “The activities, individuals and organizations that we serve have special meaning to us and spending time giving back to them during not only this day, but throughout the year, is our way of showing our appreciation for all of the great services that these organizations provide in communities throughout the world.”
Wright, along with CEO David Walsh, other GENBAND executives and local team members will be volunteering at GrowNYC, a non-profit created in 1970 whose mission is to empower all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.
GENBAND employees in Galway, Ireland will be working with Jigsaw Galway, a non-profit that supports local youth with mental health issues. On May 27th employees from the GENBAND Galway office will be participating in a fundraising “Pop-Up Shop” during which they will be selling new clothes, electrical goods, gift ideas and toys with proceeds benefitting Jigsaw Galway.
“Everyone at Jigsaw Galway is so honored and delighted to have been selected by the team at GENBAND Galway to be their chosen charity for GENBAND Day,” said Justin McDermott, Fundraising Manager at Jigsaw Galway. “It has been such a pleasure working with them to develop the GENBAND fundraising Pop-Up Shop. Not only are the funds that we will raise of vital importance, but the awareness generated in our community around supporting young people and their mental health is fantastic. One-in-three Galway youth experience mental health distress. This day and GENBAND’s support will assist us in ensuring that when young people come to us in need of help, we will be there for them.”
In addition to many global individual activities planned by GENBAND teleworkers and remote employees, below is a summary of the company’s volunteer events for GENBAND Day.
Frisco and Plano, Texas
Raleigh, North Carolina
Other US Regional Offices Volunteer Activities
Ottawa, Toronto and Canadian Regional Offices
Regional Offices in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)
Asia Pacific Regional Offices
Caribbean and Latin America Offices
Dedicated veteran and volunteer to be honored with the delivery of her final Dream over Memorial Day weekend
Press Release – Santa Barbara, Calif. — Dream Foundation’s Dreams for Veterans will give life to the final Dream of Arlon Edwards, a 94-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran and longtime Girls Scouts of America volunteer. Edwards, who makes it a priority to attend Marine Corps and Girl Scout events, dreams of a few tailored outfits from Nordstrom so she can look her best. A check to cover expenses will be delivered to her home in San Diego at 2 p.m. on May 28th. Funds for Arlon’s new clothes will be delivered by: Kelsey Martin, a U.S. Navy veteran and former instructor pilot and Dreams for Veterans’ Veterans Advisory Committee member; 11-year-old Girl Scout Parker Treichel; Shanna Duncan, Parker’s mother and Dream Foundation consultant; Jennifer Guerrero and Lenore Montalvo, Marine Corp. Veterans; and Dream Foundation Chief Executive Officer Kisa Heyer. Media are invited to attend the Dream delivery. More information will be provided upon confirmation of attendance.
One of the first women to ever to enlist in the U.S. military, Edwards served as a sergeant during WWII. In addition to her military service, Edwards dedicated 64 years of volunteer service to the Girl Scouts of America. Edwards has proudly devoted her life to these two organizations and feels strongly about being properly attired when attending upcoming Marine Corps and Girl Scouts events. She says that she used to make her own clothes, but finds it difficult these days.
“As we remember those we have lost this Memorial Day weekend, it will be an honor to serve one of our many dedicated veterans,” says Kisa Heyer. “Arlon Edwards has spent her life serving others and has been an inspiration for women everywhere. We are privileged to fulfill her final Dream.”
Dreams for Veterans will give life to Edwards’ final Dream by providing her with the funds she needs to purchase several outfits and to have them properly tailored. To honor the life and service of her fellow Girl Scout, 11-year-old Parker Treichel donated money she received for her birthday to pay for the cost of tailoring.
About Dream Foundation:
Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, fulfills final Dreams that provide inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life. With the support of a nationwide network of volunteers, hospices, health care organizations and committed donors, Dream Foundation has given life to nearly 25,000 final Dreams over the past two decades and has never turned down a qualified request. Dream Foundation does not receive any federal or state funding and relies solely on individual donations and corporate partnerships to fund its programs. The Foundation is proud to maintain Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating (its highest) for sound fiscal management ensuring its donors and partners that their investment will be used wisely. For more information, please visit DreamFoundation.org.
On May 25, nearly 50 percent of KeyBank Employees Will Volunteer with more than 700 Community Organizations in 15 States
Press Release – CLEVELAND, May 25, 2016 /3BL Media/ – On May 25, KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) will host its 26th annual Neighbors Make the Difference Day, where nearly 50 percent of bank employees will participate in a day of volunteerism supported by paid time off. Employees will spend the day volunteering with more than 700 community organizations and service projects in the 15 states where Key has a presence across the nation, including California, Massachusetts and Kansas, among others.
“Each year, we host Neighbors Make the Difference Day to demonstrate to our neighbors our deep commitment to the community,” said Margot Copeland, CEO and Chairman of KeyBank Foundation. “The concept of employee volunteerism and personal service has always been important to KeyBank. I believe we have one of the most caring and active bodies of employees of any corporation. We fully support our employees’ efforts on Neighbors Day and every day. We thank them for their heartfelt service.”
In 2015, more than 6,100 Key employees volunteered a total of 24,700 hours to community organizations and projects. In 2016, Key expects the total number of volunteer hours to total 24,000. Two-thirds of the bank’s branches will close at noon on May 25 to accommodate employee volunteers, and those branches’ customers will have access to ATMs, as well as online and mobile banking.
Neighbors Make the Difference Day began in 1991, when a group of KeyBank employees in Alaska volunteered for service projects and gave the day its title. By 1993, the idea had swept across many of the communities Key serves and became an official day of employee volunteerism. It is now the hallmark of Key’s commitment to its communities and a leading corporate volunteerism effort in America.
“Neighbors Make the Difference Day has become a long-standing, cultural tradition at KeyBank,” said Copeland. “Working closely with our communities is in our corporate DNA, and we are proud to see this day go from a small effort in Alaska to a bank-wide effort.”
KeyBank has been nationally recognized for improving the quality of life in its communities. The Civic 50 identifies the top 50 S&P 500 corporations in the U.S. in terms of time, talent and resources used to improve the quality of life in their communities. Key was named to the most recent Civic 50 list as one of America’s fifty most community-minded companies by the National Conference on Citizenship and Points of Light.
For more information about KeyBank’s culture of service and commitment to philanthropy and volunteerism, visit www.key.com/philanthropy.
KeyCorp was organized more than 160 years ago and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. One of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, Key had assets of approximately $98.4 billion at March 31, 2016. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management and investment services to individuals and small and mid-sized businesses in 12 states under the name KeyBank National Association. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name.
For more information, visit https://www.key.com/. KeyBank is Member FDIC.
The Women in Motion Talks: from awareness to action
In keeping with the 2015 event, this year the ‘Women in Motion Talks’ united close to 30 film industry figures, who were invited to share their opinions on the issue of women in cinema. Organised by Kering and the Festival de Cannes in partnership with Variety, the Figaro Group (Le Figaro, Madame Figaro, lefigaro.fr) and ELLE China, the Talks attracted more than 500 industry professionals, corporate representatives and journalists from 12 to 19 May 2016. In addition to the guests who were at Cannes for the 69th film festival, the ‘Women in Motion Talks’ also featured speakers who have long been committed to fighting women’s causes, in film and beyond, in order to discuss potential solutions for improving the representation of women in the industry. Once again, one of the main topics of discussion was the funding obstacles faced by films that are either directed by women or about women. Meanwhile, some of the potential solutions evoked included developing female production companies, improving school curriculums to incorporate more iconic female film figures, the importance of aiming for equality upstream of hiring processes as well as the opportunities available to directors today through new forms of technology and televised series, notably the streaming services that are particularly popular among millennials.
The Women in Motion Awards: a dinner held in honour of women
Having travelled to Cannes to mark the 25th anniversary of cult film Thelma & Louise, actresses Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon were presented with their ‘Women in Motion Awards’ by Pierre Lescure, Thierry Frémaux and François-Henri Pinault.
François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of Kering stated, “Our partnership with the Festival is designed to give a louder voice to women in an industry that massively influences the way people think and behave every day.”
Inviting Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon on stage, Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate of the Festival de Cannes, emphasised: “They are part of the legend of this festival because the reception that was given to Thelma & Louise is one of the most memorable and extraordinary. The walls of this palace still remember it.”
As part of the ‘Women in Motion’ programme, Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, as role models for their exemplary careers and commitment to social issues, chose to present the Women in Motion Young Talent award to three young film directors: Leyla Bouzid, Gaya Jiji and Ida Panahandeh.
About ‘Women in Motion’
The aim of the ‘Women in Motion’ programme is to stimulate discussion and encourage reflection on the place of women in the film industry, both on and off the screen. Launched in May 2015 as part of the partnership between Kering and the Festival de Cannes, ‘Women in Motion’ is now an integral part of the Festival’s official programme. The programme features two fundamental components: the Talks, which are a series of open interviews with one or several guests, which take place throughout the duration of the Festival, to create a platform for considering and exchanging views on the multi-faceted issue of women in the film industry; and the ‘Women in Motion’ Awards, presented each year to an iconic figure and to one or several up-and-coming talents at the Festival de Cannes “Presidential Dinner”.
A world leader in apparel and accessories, Kering develops an ensemble of powerful Luxury and Sport & Lifestyle brands: Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane, McQ, Stella McCartney, Tomas Maier, Boucheron, Dodo, Girard-Perregaux, JeanRichard, Pomellato, Qeelin, Ulysse Nardin, Puma, Volcom and Cobra. By ‘empowering imagination’ in the fullest sense, Kering encourages its brands to reach their potential, in the most sustainable manner. Present in more than 120 countries, the Group generated revenues of more than €11.5 billion in 2015 and had more than 38,000 employees at year end. The Kering (previously PPR) share is listed on Euronext Paris (FR 0000121485, KER.PA, KER.FP).
Women’s Leadership Retreat to take place June 3-5 in Uganda
Press Release – New York, NY — (May 24, 2016) – The Paper Fig Foundation (PFF), the charitable initiative of New York City-based event management and production firm, LDJ Productions, along with the Global Livingston Institute (GLI), whose mission is to educate students and community leaders on innovative approaches to international development, today announced a newly created partnership. The organizations will collaborate on the ground in East Africa to support existing education initiatives and to create a slate of leadership programming in the coming year.
PFF provides communities in need with practical, hands-on education and support from a growing group of professionals within the LDJ network. The LDJ and PFF network will lend its skills in event production for GLI’s Women’s Leadership Retreat June 3 to 5 at the Entusi Resort and Retreat Center in Uganda. The annual three-day GLI conference will feature several presentations, including one from alumnae and 2016 chair of the conference, Agnes Igoye (a leading expert on human trafficking in East Africa).
“We at GLI are focused on community development in Uganda and Rwanda, and are always open to expand the network with quality partnerships in the region,” said Jamie Van Leeuwen, founder, Global Livingston Institute. “Joining forces with Paper Fig will allow us to bolster our leadership initiatives and connect with another well-established team on the ground.”
“From mentorship to women’s empowerment we are already in the process of developing quality programs for 2016,” said Laurie DeJong, CEO, LDJ Productions and Founder, Paper Fig Foundation. “Working alongside a like-minded organization will grant us the support needed to continue expansion and program development in East Africa.”
In the coming months, GLI and PFF will announce additional ventures, including a benefit program in September, and large-scale events in Kigali and Kampala in October. For more information, visit paperfigfoundation.org and globallivingston.com.
Press Release – RALEIGH, N.C. (May 25, 2016) – Yillio, a patented route-based mobile travel app, is joining with First Citizens Bank to provide travelers with enhanced awareness of Teen Cancer America (TCA) and the bank’s role as a leading sponsor of the non-profit initiative.
Founded by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who, TCA is focused on the development of targeted care and specialized treatment facilities for teens and young adults with cancer.
Headquartered in North Carolina, First Citizens Bank recently announced a major corporate sponsorship initiative supporting TCA. As part of this effort, Daltrey recorded a new version of the classic Townshend song, “Let My Love Open the Door,” to serve as the centerpiece of the bank’s sponsorship program.
Yillio is designed to connect consumers to merchants, events and activities along their route of travel. When the app is opened, users will see a short pop-up promotion for TCA. As users create their routes, the app shows First Citizens Bank locations with ads supporting the bank’s TCA fundraising and awareness campaign.
Through Yillio, users are reminded to visit the website LetMyLoveOpenTheDoor.com, where they can download the campaign’s theme song of the same name and benefit the nonprofit.
Daltrey is a spokesman for and a driving force behind TCA. Every year, almost 11,000 young people in the United States between the ages of 13 and 25 are diagnosed with the disease. Most of them receive their care at units designed for and populated by either young children or much older people.
“First Citizens is the Southeastern U.S. sponsor of Teen Cancer America, and one of our main goals is to introduce the organization to the people and communities in the markets we serve,” said Barbara Thompson, manager of Brand Management, Marketing and Corporate Communications for the bank. “We’re glad Yillio is joining the effort to help increase awareness of TCA and the great work it’s doing to help young people with cancer.”
M. Reid Overcash, Yillio CEO, stated, “Yillio management and its board were excited to participate with a unique mobile strategy for Teen Cancer America and First Citizens Bank. Hopefully this will provide a new avenue to gain awareness for this important charity and its key sponsor.”
About First Citizens Bank
Founded in 1898 and headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., First Citizens Bank is the largest family-controlled bank in the U.S., with offices in 20 states. Drawing from over a century of experience serving the needs of its customers, First Citizens focuses on developing long-term relationships and offers a comprehensive array of products and services to individuals, families, businesses and the medical community. First Citizens Bank is a major subsidiary of First Citizens BancShares Inc. (Nasdaq: FCNCA), which has over $32 billion in assets. For more information, visit firstcitizens.com.
About Teen Cancer America
Following in the footsteps of the highly developed and successful Teenage Cancer Trust – Teen and Young Adult Cancer Program out of the UK, Teen Cancer America is designed to help hospitals and healthcare professionals bridge the gap between pediatric and adult oncology care. Teen Cancer America aims to educate and support hospitals and outpatient facilities in the development of specialized units for this age group. The units are places just for teens and young adults where the cancer experience is understood and the importance of living life through the cancer journey is nourished. Teen Cancer America’s work also supports the coming together of physicians and allied healthcare professionals in both pediatric and adult oncology so that the teen and young adult cancer patient care becomes closer to where it needs to be.
YILLIO helps consumers connect to merchants, and find events and activities along their route. Consumers can download the app on Apple or Android free and merchants can create an advertising message to share real-time, money-saving promotions, specials, coupons, gas prices and fun events.
YILLIO’s GPS route planning and merchant reported promotions allow consumers to search and plan where they want to stop between the beginning and end of their destination. Underlying YILLIO is a sophisticated patented route-based network that uses location, navigation and a variety of contextual inputs to match mobile consumers with relevant places, offers and discounts.
Press Release – South Florida (May 23, 2016) – For victims of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), being diagnosed is literally being slammed with a death sentence. Now there’s a new campaign that lets people take the satisfying step of slamming back at this currently non-curable disease!
SLAM ALS, launched on May 9 during ALS Awareness Month, is a social media campaign benefiting Project ALS encouraging everyone to show how they’d “slam” this neurodegenerative disease affecting close to 450,000 people worldwide. The immediate goal is to generate new levels of awareness and spur donations to research for a cure.
Here’s the launch video. Now it’s your turn!
In addition to a growing number of athletes and celebrities including legendary Miami Dolphin defensive end, Jason Taylor; Miami Heat power forward Udonis Haslem; tennis great and Grand Slam champion Chris Evert; UFC fighter Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort; schools and universities across the country – students, fraternities, sororities, sports teams, cheerleaders and others – have already begun to serve as SLAMbassadors for a cure.
What originally started as a family-led, grassroots effort for ALS awareness, begun by South Florida high school student Madison Silver following the 2009 diagnosis of her aunt Marjie, has evolved into SLAM ALS. Madison has teamed with her mother Deborah to launch SLAM ALS and turn the focus to generating national and even global exposure. For more information, please visit www.slamALS.org. Follow SLAM ALS on Facebook (slam ALS), Twitter (@slam_als) and Instagram (@slam_als)
Award-winning program helps veterans and members of the military create cherished memories, reduce stress and stay engaged with their local communities
Press Release – TEMPE, Ariz. – May 16, 2016 – Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix), a national nonprofit that provides free event tickets to the U.S. military community, announced today that it has now delivered 2 million tickets since 2008. This is the equivalent of donating enough tickets to fill Madison Square Garden to capacity more than 100 times, the Hollywood Bowl 114+ times, or Soldier Field 32+ times.
“Vet Tix was born eight years ago. I was at football game and noticed that there were still empty seats, even at one of the most attended games of the season,” said U.S. Navy Veteran Mike Focareto, founder and CEO of Veteran Tickets Foundation. “I began thinking of how many veterans were missing out on this type of ‘All-American’ experience for which they sacrificed so much and would have been thrilled to be sitting in one of those seats.”
Focareto continued, “Vet Tix has grown into a thriving word-of-mouth program. It has benefitted thousands of military families who often can’t afford tickets to events. We’ve also heard from veterans that Vet Tix is helping them reintegrate into civilian life after their service.”
Vet Tix supports all branches of currently serving military, veterans and their families, as well as the immediate families of those killed in action by distributing tickets to sporting events, concerts, performing arts and family activities in all 50 states. This includes many college and professional sports teams within the MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, and WNBA, in addition to NASCAR, concert and entertainment events.
Where there are empty seats, Vet Tix seeks to fill them with people who have served our country and their families. Giving an event ticket is an expression of appreciation and recognition that honors the service of the troops today and long after their tour of duty has passed. Attending these events helps veterans reduce stress through entertainment, strengthen family bonds, build life long memories, and encourage them to stay engaged with American life and local communities.
“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of so many ticket donors and supporters who have been paramount to our tremendous growth of over 500,000 tickets in less than a year,” Focareto said. “Our 2 million ticket milestone could have been a family attending a circus event, a date night at a Kenny Chesney concert or four buddies at a Houston Astros game. Helping our veterans attend events provides positive family and life experiences after their years of service to our country.”
Vet Tix started in 2008, and distributed 1,290 tickets in Phoenix that year. The organization grew over the next six years to celebrate its millionth ticket given away in July 2015, and this quickly rose to 1.5 million tickets distributed by August 2015.
Vet Tix is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation, and it ranked as the 2016 Top-rated Nonprofit in the United States by GreatNonprofits.
Press Release – ATLANTA – On Sunday, May 15, more than 500 children without access to regular dental care received needed services at no cost during Kool Smiles’ second annual Sharing Smiles Day, a day of free dental care hosted exclusively for children without dental insurance. The annual event is designed to help bridge the dental access gap among children without any healthcare coverage.
“Sharing Smiles Day is a reflection of our shared belief at Kool Smiles that every child deserves access to high-quality dental care,” said Dr. Dale Mayfield, Chief Dental Officer for Kool Smiles. “While we’re proud to have created a dental home to more than three million children and families who have come to us with various forms of insurance, including Medicaid, we also recognize there are many children in our local communities who have no insurance coverage and whose families can’t afford regular trips to the dentist. Sharing Smiles Day is an opportunity for our dentists and staff to reach out and give back to children in our communities who are in the greatest need.”
Sharing Smiles Day 2016 involved the volunteer efforts of more than 500 Kool Smiles dentists and staff who hosted the event at 45 Kool Smiles offices in 13 states.
Free dental treatments included dental exams, emergency care, extractions, and necessary restorative care. Treatments were provided on a first-come, first-served basis and treatments were determined by the dentists after consultation with the child’s parent.
“We were amazed at the turnout this year. There was a line at the door by the time our volunteers arrived at 10 a.m.,” said Dr. Diane Earle, Managing Dental Director for the Kool Smiles dental offices in Atlanta, where volunteers served 96 patients throughout the course of the day.
“Several children came to us in significant pain due to prolonged, untreated tooth decay,” said Dr. D Ray Gifford, Managing Dental Director for the Lubbock office, one of 13 Kool Smiles offices in Texas that participated in this year’s event. “When they left, their pain was gone and they were smiling again – that’s an incredibly rewarding feeling.”
Approximately 114 million Americans have no dental coverage, according to the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP). While the Affordable Care Act (ACA), state Medicaid expansions, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) have helped improve children’s access to dental care coverage in recent years, tooth decay remains the most common chronic childhood disease, and its treatment is the most prevalent unmet health need in children.
Sharing Smiles Day is sponsored by the Benevis Foundation.
About Kool Smiles
Kool Smiles is dedicated to creating a world of happy, healthy smiles. As a leading dental health provider, Kool Smiles’ mission is to improve lives by providing high quality dental care in a fun, compassionate environment. Kool Smiles dentists are proud to offer care to kids and adults with almost any insurance plan, including State Children’s Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP), Medicaid and Tricare. Kool Smiles also provides oral health education programs through partnerships with community schools and organizations. For more information, please visit www.mykoolsmiles.com.