As Harvey pummeled through Houston and roads turned into rivers, DentalOne Partners’ executive team and home office employees quickly sprang into action and began planning how they were going to aid team members and supported clinicians in the area.
DentalOne Partners has 13 supported practices in the Houston area and 121 team members and supported clinicians who braced for the storm as it made landfall Friday, August 25, 2017, as a Category 4 hurricane.
Home office employees immediately began collecting donations: baby wipes, diapers, underwear, socks, non-perishable foods and much more.
From one day to another, donations piled up. After six days of gathering items, Executive Assistant Jennifer Dixon and Account Payables Associate Jody Blanton took the truckload of goods to Sharing Life Community Outreach, a nonprofit organization that serves families in need of basic necessities.
“It was extremely heartwarming to see the immediate response and generosity from DentalOne. To see what we brought coupled with the amount of supplies that others provided for Houston and South Texas evacuees was jaw dropping,” Jennifer said. “It was humbling to see the company, community and country come together as ONE to help those in need.”
While goods were in high demand, DentalOne Partners took it a step further and created the ONE Family Fund. This is a nonprofit emergency fund to assist in the relief efforts as team members and supported clinicians work to return to their normal lives. Those affected by the hurricane are able to apply and receive the financial assistance they need.
DentalOne Partners made an initial donation of $100,000 to the fund and will be matching every dollar donated by employees from September 8 to October 8. Anyone can donate to the fund.
“Since we announced the ONE Family Fund, we have received an overwhelming response from employees who are asking how they can assist and who would like to make personal donations,” Chief People Officer Jody Diaz said. “I’m thrilled to see such a thoughtful outpouring of support.”
All 13 supported practices weathered Hurricane Harvey with little to no damage. All of the 121 team members, supported clinicians and their families stayed safe during the storm, but some of them suffered major loss to their homes and personal belongings.
Lillian Flores is a Patient Relations Coordinator at Willis Point Dental Care in Willis, Texas, a city near Houston.
She said, “‘Strength is in our hearts and fear has no place here,’ is a quote I live by. This is what keeps us strong, motivated and focused on the positive side of any uncomfortable situation.”
While the storm is now over, the rebuilding process for people in the Houston area has just begun. That’s why the Feel Good Committee (FGC) at the home office is proactively trying to raise funds.
FGC came up with the idea of hosting a ONE Family Potluck Fundraiser. Home office and all of the practices across the country will be hosting a potluck in their individual locations between now and October 8.
Team members interested in attending the potluck fundraiser will be asked to donate at least $5; all of the money raised will be donated to the ONE Family Fund.
While this fund was created in response to Hurricane Harvey, the fund will permanently stay active and accept donations as a means of support for employees who may experience future emergency hardships.