United Way takes on new agency

| July 30, 2015

StudentsCOSHOCTON – The Coshocton County United Way Board of Control voted last Wednesday to bring the Children’s Dental Clinic of Coshocton as the 19th Partner Agency.

For the past 26 years, the Children’s Dental Clinic has served Coshocton children under the age of 18, last year serving close to 2,000 children.

They partner with the Ohio State University Dept. of Pediatric Dentistry with the dental students providing the services while they get valuable clinical experience and the children get quality dental care they need but can’t afford. Dr. Brian Dunlap is the director of the program.

Dr. Ann Griffen, Professor at the Division of Pediatrics was an integral part of setting up the clinic here in Coshocton. What impressed her most about Coshocton she said was the strong sense of community. “I’ve never worked in a situation before or since where all of the social service people in town knew the clients so well and knew everything about them and cared about them so much. So not only were these very needy children receiving dental care, but they had an entire community, a very caring community looking out for them.”

The three building blocks on which all United Ways stand are education, health, and financial stability. Lyn Mizer, Executive Director said, “Some may look at the Dental Clinic services as a safety net service and indeed it is a critical need, but good oral health in children is an investment into their future. We are so very glad to be a part of such a constructive and needed program.”

The United Way is set to kick off the 2015-2016 campaign with the 11th annual Taste of Coshocton on Thursday, Aug. 13, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Lake Park Pavilion where 15 local restaurants will be offering samples of foods they serve. Tickets are available at the United Way office at 402 Main Street.

This year’s Corporate Sponsors are Peoples Bank and Three Rivers Energy.

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