Please contact us HERE to learn how to start volunteering!
Frequently Asked Questions
I am a dentist. What time commitment must I make? What should I expect?
Extraordinary volunteer dentists typically serve a 2-4 hour shift, from once a month, to once a quarter, to once or twice a year. Everything helps! You can make a greater impact if you bring an RDA with you, but it isn’t required, as our Registered Dental Assistants are experts at working with volunteers.
Seasoned providers are also needed to serve as mentors for the clinic’s AEGD Residents. When you are approved, you will be on hand to advise and answer questions from the dentists completing their general residencies. If you have practiced for at least 10 years, and have a teacher’s heart, this important opportunity is for you!
Are Registered Dental Hygienists needed?
Absolutely! If you are registered in Tennessee, you may be scheduled to give care to our patients after completing a Volunteer Orientation and 1-2 shadow shifts with our RDH staffers. Once it is determined you are ready to see patients for us, you may be scheduled a 2-4 hour shift one or more times, or may be called to fill in for a scheduled staff or volunteer RDH.
How about Registered Dental Assistants?
Assistants who volunteer in our clinic must be registered in Tennessee, and have at least 6 months of work experience. If you meet these criteria, you will also complete a Volunteer Orientation and 1-3 shadow shifts with our RDA staffers. Once you are ready to see patients for us, you may be scheduled a 2-4 hour shift one or more times, or may be called to fill in for a scheduled staff or volunteer RDA.
New graduates and Assistants with less than 6 months’ work experience will follow our Student and New Graduate Protocol.
I am a Pre-dental/RDH/RDA student or a new RDA graduate, or just interested in dentistry. May I observe in your clinic?
Interfaith is dedicated to the encouragement and cultivation of potential dental professionals. As we receive countless requests for observation and shadowing, we ask volunteers to follow our Student and New Graduate Protocol to earn clinic observation time. After a preliminary nonclinical volunteer period of 6-8 weeks (at least 4 volunteer shifts), student or new graduate may complete one clinic observation shift for every 4-6 nonclinical volunteer shifts, as clinic needs dictate, and per Clinic Director’s discretion.
Are there opportunities for nonclinical volunteers?
Yes! Please see our Non-Clinical Volunteer Opportunities List for jobs and descriptions. Please note that some positions require specific time commitment for recurring service.
Do you ever organize medical/dental mission trips?
If you are looking on this page, we know you care about people! We would be happy to connect you with local dentists who currently serve internationally OR you can find a trip/experience for yourself on http://medicalmissions.org.
Congratulations to Interfaith Dental's volunteers!
Interfaith Dental was among the first agencies to earn Excellence in Volunteer Engagement (EVE) certification in 2012 from the Nashville Mayor’s Office, Hands On Nashville, and the Center for Nonprofit Management. EVE certification is given to recognize organizations with high-quality volunteer management and effective volunteer programs, and Interfaith was recertified for another two-year term in 2016. Though the program has been discontinued, Interfaith Dental is proud to have earned the honor every year it was available.
If you would like more information on volunteering or to schedule a tour, please contact:
Kristin Dillard, Volunteer Engagement Specialist