Nebraska Mission of Mercy
Current information is linked on the NMOM website
History of Nebraska Mission of Mercy (NMOM)
Nebraska was the fourth state to hold a Mission of Mercy, following Virginia and Texas in 2001 and Kansas in 2003. Nebraska held its first NMOM in North Platte, NE October 20-21, 2005. Dr John Ahlschwede made it his 'mission' to have the Mission of Mercy start in Nebraska after his tenure as President of the Nebraska Dental Association. Coupled with the vision of Dr Jim Jenkins and Dr Jim States, the first NMOM was chaired by Dr States in North Platte in October of 2005. Over 900 patients were seen in two days and with the help of Kansas (KMOM) individuals and equipment, the Nebraska dental community provided over $350,000 of free dental care in those two days. At that time NMOM had very little equipment of their own but were fortunate to have the expertise of Kansas dentists such as Dr Jeff Stasch, Dr Jon Tilton, Dr Max MacReynolds, Executive Director Kevin Robertson of the Kansas Dental Association and others as well as the use of their equipment.
In 2010, the Nebraska Dental Foundation (NDF) created the Nebraska Mission of Mercy, a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to operate future Missions of Mercy. The NDF also transferred the assets acquired for the Nebraska Mission of Mercy to America's Dentist Care Foundation, which coordinates Missions of Mercy around the United States.
Mission of Mercy events in Nebraska.
2012 Alliance: 749 patients recevied $425,000 in free dental care.
2011 Grand Island: 1,378 patients received $617,317 in free dental care
2010 No NMOM due to National Special Olympics held in Nebraska.
2009 Omaha: 1,427 patients received $608,621 in free dental care
2008 Mitchell: 1065 patients received $571,515 in free dental care
2007 Norfolk:1393 patients received $506,778 in free dental care
2006 Grand Island: 1788 patients received $638,853 in free dental care
2005 North Platte: 903 patients received $356,750 care in free dental care
It is very satisfying to see how dentists give of their time, talent energy and love for such a project. All of their services are donated. Many of them bring their office staff and personal office supplies to help make the event a great success. Each community has been great in providing expert assistance from Non-dental Volunteers who also give of their time talent and energy to help their neighbors and friends who may not be as fortunate as some. Also each community has been very generous with donations of food, dollars, space to have the event and so much more.