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You Are a Powerful Individual...

Author: Yvonne Evans RDA, BS, FADAA/Tuesday, December 2, 2014/Categories: 24/7 Articles

You are a powerful individual…
Sometimes we think to ourselves that we cannot make a difference. We have been beaten down so much that our self-esteem has left the building.

It has been shown that giving back always makes us feel good about ourselves. We smile throughout the day knowing within, that we are making a difference in someone’s life. As a professional, there is always an opportunity to give back to those who have helped us in the past.

I often wondered where I would be if someone did not choose to contribute to my education when I decided I wanted to be a dental assistant. How good did that make me feel someone believed in me and my ability to achieve this goal? It wasn’t just lip service and an empathetic ear; it was actually money to help with tuition and gas to get to school.

The promotion of continued education and knowing that you help someone achieve their goal is the reason to give to the American Dental Assistants Association Foundation. The many awards offered to our members should be reason enough to donate.

There are so many ways to give. Many are reading this and saying, "I can’t pay all my bills with the salary I received." “I would love to give but there just is nothing left over.” That’s what I thought when I first heard of this wonderful foundation. My small contribution won’t help anyone so I might as well keep it for myself and pay a bill.

Everyone should attend one ADAA National Convention as it is our professional organization. While attending my first convention, as an alternate Delegate, I was sitting in one of the many caucus meetings and overheard something that was life-changing. I bet you didn’t know there is some members and Trustees who contribute a small amount sometimes $10, $15 or $20.00 to the Foundation monthly. It adds up! I was not aware of that option and decided that I would begin contributing on a monthly basis. So I went online and printed out the form and filled it out. I decided on an amount and divided it by twelve months. January 2014 was my first monthly payment and every month since I send in my check on the 3rd of the month. I know it will make a difference in a member’s life because I have followed some of the recipients of the awards. I have seen on the media the Dental Assistants Appreciation Week Corporate Sponsorships and how they help promote education and dental health.

If we all gave a little each month, how many dental professionals can we help further their education? Achieve their goal of a Bachelors, Masters or even a PhD! There really is no reason why we all can’t do this. The rewards are so great for the small amount we can choose to give.

Remember, you ARE a powerful individual, a dental professional in the American Dental Assistants Association and you CAN make a difference one dollar at a time.

Editors Note:
The American Dental Assistants Association Foundation is a 501-C3 non-profit organization dedicated to the education of dental assistants. All donations are tax deductible. The ADAAF Board consists of members and Corporate Directors working to advance the education and careers of dental assistants.

The ADAAF is holding a contest to increase donations from members and State/Local associations within the Districts. The ADAAF Corporate Sponsors are partnering with the Districts and will match the donations from a district up to $2500.00. So all donations, no matter how small, will make a huge impact. Please make a donation to the American Dental Assistants Association Foundation and put "ADAAF District Contest" and your district in the memo line.

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