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ViewFinder photojournalists from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism present "A Free Smile," a video series on Mission of Mercy, a free dental clinic held at the Xfinity Center. It was a partnership between Archdiocese of Washington's Catholic Charities and the University of Maryland School of Public Health's Center for Health Equity. Reporter Bradleigh Chance guides us through the 2-day event: the extensive set-up, the volunteers donating their time and various skills, the underserved population who waited to be treated, and the painful procedures that they underwent.


Published on Oct 2, 2014

UMD’s XFINITY Center was transformed into a mobile dental clinic to provide $1.5 million of free dental care and preventive health services to more than 1,000 underserved, uninsured, and underinsured adults at the Mission of Mercy and Health Equity Festival.

At Mission of Mercy dental clinic

Catholic Charities and University of Maryland partner to bring smiles to patients in need

Published on Sep 19, 2014

From Thursday September 4 until Saturday evening, September 6, Catholic Charities, along with the University of Maryland, put on a free dental clinic to serve those in need. Over the three days, 1,185 people received dental care from 1,451 volunteers. 


2014 Mid-Maryland Mission of Mercy and Health Equity Festival:
Free Adult Dental Clinic

Post-Event Update: More than 1200 patients were served during the 2-day event. 1800 volunteers were on hand to provide $1.5M in dental services!