Hello. My name is Ange Jackson, and this beautiful smile that you see before you is all because of Volunteer for Dental. I moved to Michigan in December of 2016, when my husband was medically retired from the Army. We were lucky to keep our medical insurance; however, his separation meant the lost of our dental insurance. As luck would have it, I had an existing cavity fall out of my tooth almost immediately after losing my coverage. I was unemployed, had anxiety about visiting the dentist, no dental insurance, and embarrassment about allowing myself to go too long without receiving dental care. I felt a bit trapped. I suffered with the pain for quite some time until I realized I had to do something. I heard about Volunteer for Dental from Andy O’Riley’s Positively Muskegon. I placed a call in to volunteer For Dental before I could talk myself out of it. I talked to Suzanne and was enrolled pretty quickly. After my class, I was able to collect volunteer hours for volunteer work at Catholic Charities- a place where I had already been volunteering at for weeks. Since the beginning of my volunteer time, I have also volunteered for Pioneer Resources with their Leisure And Recreation Club and at community outreach events for Volunteer For Dental. Since joining the program, I have volunteered a total of 90 hours in our community. These hours have provided me with x-rays, an exam, periodontal care, fillings and soon I will have a root canal redone. Not only is all of this work being done at no cost for me, but it is being done by wonderful providers. These are providers that I would recommend to my friends and family. In addition to bettering my dental hygiene and correcting my bad soda habits, it is because of Volunteer for Dental that I am now currently employed. Suzanne was there for me when I was unemployed, and helped me find my current position as a Federal Volunteer. I want to thank all of you who have supported this cause. I do not know what I would have done without all of you.