The vision for Project Smile grew out of a partnership between the North Fort Collins Business Association and Irish Elementary School. The program provides an opportunity for area businesses, organizations and individuals to sponsor children in serious need of dental care.
Project Smile helps meet an urgent need – lack of dental care. Without dental care, students find it difficult to stay in school and concentrate due to pain. Proper dental care will have a lasting impact on students’ lives.
Our goal is to eventually provide services for every child in Poudre School District that needs dental treatment. Studies have proven that proper dental care eliminates tooth aches and pains which can lead to lack of focus, decreased learning ability and hunger during the child’s lifetime. We want to eliminate the root cause of this pain by providing essential dental care to children in need that don’t otherwise have access without Project Smile. These children are the future of our community and it is our responsibility to take care of them.
The Fort Collins Lions Club, provides vision screening at the same schools and at the same time that dental screenings are done. Kidsight, a Lions Club community service program, is cooperating with Project Smile to provide a simple, non-invasive and cost-free vision screening test to children at our participating schools. The volunteers from the Lions Club can sometimes use additional help.
We welcome volunteers who would like to help us in our mission. There are many opportunities to assist us, in our screenings that take place in the schools during the school year, in our fund raising events during the year, and in many other ways.
If you would like to volunteer or learn more about Project Smile, please follow the steps below.