At Howard Family Dental, our service extends beyond the walls of our dental offices and into the communities in which we serve. We are committed to not only giving back to our local community, but investing in it as well through volunteering and sponsorships.
As part of our commitment to our communities, we’ve proudly established the Howard Family Dental Charitable Foundation. The 501(c)(3) foundation supports programs, such as the Howard Hand in Hand Support Program at St. Joseph’s/Candler, that promote education and healthcare of youth in our communities and around the world. Another portion of the foundation is reserved in an Employee Relief Fund to help Howard Family Dental team members in times of crisis or for educational endeavors.
Howard Hand in Hand Support Program at St. Joseph’s/Candler
After losing his own mother to cancer as a child, Dr. John Howard, Founder of Howard Family Dental, established the Howard Hand in Hand Support Program at St. Joseph’s/Candler so no other child would have to cope with the loss of a loved one alone – rather, “hand in hand” with a support system. Each year, the team members of Howard Family Dental raise money to fulfill the company’s pledge commitment to Howard Hand in Hand.
The program provides support, education, and guidance to children and teens with a family member facing a life threatening disease. This FREE program helps children cope with and process their thoughts and feelings – often fear, sadness, anger, confusion – about how life has changed for them and their families because of illness or disease. The parent with the serious illness does not have to receive treatment at St. Joseph’s/Candler.
Howard Hand in Hand provides the following services, among several other resources:One-on-One Counseling
One-on-one counseling in a location convenient for both child and family.
Maximizing the child’s support system.
Facilitating honest communication about the illness and their emotions.
Addressing common questions.
Guiding children affected by anticipatory grief.
Age-appropriate support groups meet on an as needed basis for an hour at the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion.
Group counseling may be requested at area schools.
Led by a social worker who interacts with the children by using fun games and activities.
Allows the child to feel less alone and open up about their feelings.
A parent or loved one may be present to hear interaction between child and social worker.
Every year on the Friday before Thanksgiving, over 100 volunteers from Howard Family Dental, Oral & Facial Surgery and Kid’s Dentistree come together at the Howard Family Dental Pooler office to provide each child or adult with one free service of their choice – a free cleaning, filling or extraction.
On average, Howard Family Dental’s Free Day of Dentistry serves 250 people and provides over $60,000 in free dental services.
The annual event isn’t possible without the support of several local organizations. America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia provides food for individuals and families that are suffering from food insecurity, and local Walgreen’s pharmacist, Jim Brown, offers free flu shots and blood pressure checks. Strickland’s Funeral Home and Calvary Assembly of God generously donates their parking lots for attendees, and several local restaurants plan to donate food and refreshments for the volunteers.