Humanitarian Efforts

Here are the highlights from our trip to Uganda. Yes, the photos were taken by me and our team. No stock photos were used! Turn up your volume and enjoy.

Dental Mission Trip, February 2010

Many of you know that I volunteer monthly at the Free Dental Clinic in Simi Valley. Providing dental services to the underprivileged of our community provides a reward that is not measurable by monetary standards. However, while the clinic could always use support from the community, this letter is not about my work at that clinic. I am writing to share with you a challenging opportunity that has been presented to me.

From February 22nd to March 7th, 2010, I will answer a calling to go to Uganda, East Africa, with a team composed of members from all over the US, under the sponsorship of Africa Renewal Ministries (ARM).

Our two-week trip will focus on caring for children, orphans and families who are sponsored by the ARM Child Sponsorship Ministry. The average age of this population is 14 years and most children have lost at least one parent to AIDS, Malaria, war or political executions.

Since I am the only dentist on the team, the purposes of my trip specifically, under the direction of the local pastors and school principals, are:

  • To provide dental work to children and families that have no access to dental care
  • To distribute food to fatherless families
  • To attempt to fulfill whatever the greatest needs are at the time (there are SO many needs)
  • To expose myself to the realities of “life” among the extremely poor of the world

I’m excited about the opportunity and experiences that lie ahead. I hope you see the value in what we plan to accomplish.

In an effort to keep you posted on the exciting events surrounding and during the trip, I invite you to follow me via Facebook or Blogspot.com (click on the logo above). My user name for them is: josiedds.

While I’m not sure what kind of internet access I will have in the African bush, I will try to post as often as I can. Upon our return, I will surely post pictures and video of the trip.

For the children of Uganda,

Josie Dovidio, DDS

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27

Cell Phones For Soldiers

As you may have noted in her bio, Dr. Josie received advanced training at the Veterans Administration Medical Center. That specialized training left her with a special place in her heart for our nation’s military. She proudly supports our troops and partnering with Cell Phones for Soldiers allows her to do it in a practical way.

More than 150,000 troops are serving overseas and are away from their families. Cell Phones for Soldiers and Dr. Josie Dovidio are calling on all Americans to support for these brave men and women by donating your unused cell phones. Cell Phones for Soldiers hopes to collect over 50,000 cell phones this year to help keep troops connected with their families. Local residents can support the troops by donating their phones in our office.

Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist from Norwell, Mass., with $21 of their own money. Since then, the registered 501c3 non-profit organization has raised almost $1 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.

“Over the past few years, we have been amazed by the generosity of others. But, we have also seen the need to support our troops continue.” says Brittany Bergquist, Cell Phones for Soldiers co-founder. “It is easy for Americans to make a small sacrifice of support by donating their unused cell phones, and providing families with a much-needed connection to their loved ones overseas.”

Through increased fundraising efforts, the Bergquist family hopes to raise more than $9 million in the next five years to fund new programs, such as providing video phones and prepaid service to allow soldiers abroad to see their families on a regular basis.

The donated phones are sent to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each phone – enough to provide an hour of talk time to soldiers abroad.

Their efforts have motivated people and businesses around the country to donate to this worthy cause. Their goal is to provide every US soldier with a way to call home for free. For more information, please click on the logo above or visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com


Free Clinic of Simi Valley

Dr. Dovidio enjoys giving back to the community by volunteering her dental services at the Free Clinic of Simi Valley.

The Free Clinic of Simi Valley has provided continuous service since 1971 as a non-profit, volunteer-based community service organization. The mission of the clinic, in part, is to provide dental services to individuals and families who are unable to use traditional services in the community. The clinic serves all ages, ethnicities, religious views and socioeconomic backgrounds. Free Dental Clinic of Simi Valley

To learn more about the Free Dental Clinic of Simi Valley, click on the logo (to the right) or visit http://freeclinicsv.com/Dental.html

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