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Posted on: January 14, 2014

Community Connections Grant keeps Parkland kids smiling

Lindquist Dental Clinic for Children (LDCC) in Parkland is doing their part to make a positive impact in Pierce County for low-income children with unmet dental needs. Thanks to a grant from Pierce County Community Connections, as many as 4,000 additional children will have access to regular dental care at the Parkland clinic’s updated facility.

LDCC received $350,000 of Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) funds from Pierce County for the capital improvements. With offices in Parkland, South Tacoma, Gig Harbor, and Bremerton, LDCC clinics provide affordable dentistry services and educational programs for children of low-income families.

“We are thankful for the funding award from Pierce County,” said Mary S. Jennings, DDS, Dental Director at the Parkland clinic. “The expanded office will help us serve even more children.”

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides CDBG funding to Pierce County. Community Connections administers funding through a competitive process, accepting applications, making awards to qualified projects, and monitoring projects throughout the process.

“The Federal funding is key to making improvements to housing and expanding opportunities for low -income residents,” said Corey Lew, Housing and Community Development manager. “Our investment in Lindquist Dental is an example of how we can use CDBG dollars to make an impact in Pierce County,” he stated.

LDCC has served the Puget Sound region for 77 years. In 2012, LDCC provided approximately 34,000 patient visits throughout the organization. The expanded Parkland clinic will be able to offer 9,000 additional dental appointments annually for children ages 0 thru 18.

“We never turn a child away because they can’t pay for our services,” said President and CEO Carolyn McDougal. “With help from Pierce County and our other dedicated partners, we can continue providing healthy smiles to Puget Sound children in need.”

For more information about LDCC visit www.lindquistdental.org. To learn more about CDBG funding and other programs offered by Pierce County Community Connections, visit www.piercecountywa.org/cc.

MEDIA CONTACTS:Scott Kinney, Community Connections
253-798-4509
skinney@co.pierce.wa.us

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