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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
—Margaret Mead

Volunteering at the RI Mission of Mercy project provides a sense of commitment and service with ourselves, our communities and our state. It is a soul satisfying experience because it comes from the goodness of your own heart, with no expectation of receiving anything in return. Your service at an RI MOM event also highlights the continued problem of access to care to the citizens, legislature, and leaders of Rhode Island.

RI MOM needs you! Learn about how you can help and what to expect as a community volunteer. Continue reading to learn more.

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Registration Opens:
July 30, 2024

RI MOM Location:
Providence Community Health Center Dental Clinic
335R Prairie Avenue
Providence, RI 02905

RIMOM 2023 Discounted Lodging

  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Warwick-Providence
    901 Jefferson Blvd
    Warwick, RI 02886

    Click below to make online reservation:
    Mission of Mercy online reservation

    Call the hotel directly 401-736-5000
    Use reference group code MHM

    Reduced rate ends on 8/29/23
  • Hampton Inn Seekonk
    1030 Fall River Ave
    Seekonk, MA 02771

    Click below to make online reservation:
    Select "Special Rates" "Group Code" Enter code MIS then click "Check Rooms and Rates"
    This code and your rate expire on August 31, 2023

What to Expect:
RI MOM expects to treat up to 500 patients at the 2 day clinic. The PCHC clinic has 22 dental chairs, lights and units, digital radiography. In addition, several portable dental chairs and units will be available. Clinical areas at RIMOM include the following: Medical Triage, Dental Triage, Local Anesthesia, Radiology, Hygiene, Restorative, Prosthetics, Endodontics.

Volunteer Opportunities

    Patient Escort and Support
    Food Service
    Patient Check-in
    Volunteer Check-in

Dental Clinic Support (must be 17+)

>> Clinic Support | Operatory Chair Turn Over Engineers (TOE)
Working with a trained dental assistant you will be disinfecting operatories between patients and preparing for new patients coming in for treatment.
All necessary PPE is provided.

Duties include:

  • Removing disposable dental materials
  • Removing and replacing plastic covering on operatory chairs, tables and overhead lamps
  • Wiping down and disinfecting all work surfaces
  • Restocking patient supplies in operatory

A training video will be sent to volunteers prior to RIMOM and additional training will be provided upon arrival.

>> Clinic Support | Sterilization Department
Working with the RIMOM sterilization team to sterilize and re-stock dental instruments for patient treatment.
All necessary PPE is provided.

A training video will be sent to volunteers prior to RIMOM and additional training will be provided upon arrival.

Is there training?
Yes, Volunteers will receive an email 1 week prior to the event which will have links to information PDFs for each volunteer area.
Volunteers will also receive training before the start of their shift from the RI MOM lead in their assigned area.

Volunteers under age 18:
Volunteers under age 18 will need the signature of a parent or guardian. Patients under 16 will generally not be assisting in the patient care clinical areas. For more details, please see our

A volunteer lounge is available for breaks. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided at no cost to our volunteers.

Personal Belongings:
Please note: There are no secure areas for your personal belongings. We suggest locking them in your car.

What to Wear:
All Volunteers will be given a RI MOM t-shirt and are encouraged to wear it during the clinic. Dress is casual – everything from scrubs to shorts – whatever is most comfortable for you. Supportive closed toe shoes are required!

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