Hello, ARTS family! We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Below are a few updates, which were also included in our recent newsletter. If you read that already, thank you and have a lovely day! If not, see below!
ARTS is proud to announce that we were awarded the 2019 Gold Seal of Transparency on GuideStar, the world's largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. The Gold Seal means we are good stewards of the financial gifts we receive and are making an impact in the communities we serve. We are thankful to all of our supporters for allowing us to make this impact!
We are also looking to add a few board members in 2020, so if you know anyone who is interested in contributing to our work, please send them our way. Board members are key to shaping the future of our organization. At the moment, that future includes the upcoming trip to Uganda, March 19-29, 2020!
ARTS is gearing up for an amazing trip to locations where people do not have regular access to dental professionals and are in dire need of emergent care and hygiene education. This trip will build upon our ongoing efforts to work with local leaders and health officials in support of sustainable improvements to the population's oral health. We are actively seeking volunteers to join our team and make a difference!
We are humbly grateful for your continued support. Cheers!
Sep 9, 2019
A Reason To Smile - September Update
By Lucy Green - Program Manager
Volunteer with ARTS! Join us October 10th - 20th for an amazing trip to Uganda and help ARTS reach people who don’t have regular access to dental professionals. Learn more at www.artsmile.org
ARTS has had a busy summer and continues to empower African communities without access to dental professionals and push for higher levels of oral health in rural areas.
Earlier this year ARTS welcomed two new team members. Michaela Rawsthorn joined the team bringing social media and communication expertise to ARTS. This summer she has been growing the impact of ARTS by recruiting more volunteers through social media. In addition to Michaela, ARTS also welcomed Lucy Green. Lucy brings a deep understanding of program management to ARTS. This summer she has been supporting the planning of the annual trips to Uganda and Senegal. She created an online application for ARTS volunteers to improve and streamline the application process. She also created a new information packet that has been attached to this report.
In June, ARTS held its annual fundraiser through Global Giving. The fundraiser was a success, raising almost $6,000 in just two weeks. ARTS is thankful to all its donors for their sustained support. Due to the successful fundraiser, ARTS was able to become a permanent partner on the Global Giving platform, gaining access to helpful resources for international organizations.
A challenge ARTS faced this August resulted in postponing the September Senegal trip. Due to complications with the Senegalese Ministry of Health, ARTS was forced to postpone the annual trip. However, ARTS views this challenge as an opportunity for growth and has been working on strengthening its relationship with the Ministry of Health.
ARTS is excited for it’s upcoming trip to Uganda in October. We have a team of volunteers ready to bring much needed dental care to rural communities but are actively looking for one or two more volunteers!