Our Mission

Kids In Need of Dentistry (KIND) is a nonprofit organization that provides high-quality, affordable dental care to children in need throughout Colorado. Since 1912, KIND has helped thousands of children each year get the dental services they need at a cost their families can afford.


Kids in Need of Dentistry serves thousands of children every year throughout the state of Colorado, and we rely on charitable donation, planned gifts, and in-kind donations such as dental supplies to serve children who need care the most.

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KIND has three clinics and many in-school programs to serve our patients conveniently. Dental care and education is our top priority.

KIND holds four main events per year to celebrate our supporters and raise money for our programs and clinics. Join us for our annual Golf Tournament in the summer, one of our two wine tastings in the spring and fall or the Gala each September.

KIND relies on private donations and giving to keep our programs and initiatives running and to help serve Colorado children in need.

KIND is always looking for volunteers. Whether you're a dentist that would like to spend a day in one of our clinics or a supporter that wants to give their time to helping with an event, we would love to hear from you!

Our third annual Expressions of KINDness Gala was a great success! The event was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown denver. The evening featured food and drinks, a silent and live auction as well as entertainment by the Dueling Pianos. It was an evening to remember.

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  • Kids in Need of Dentistry (KIND) is a nonprofit providing high quality, comprehensive dental care and education to kids in need throughout Colorado.


  • Check out this blog posting by KIND's Executive Director, Julie Collett. It is featured in the October Newsletter by South Metro Health Alliance (SMHA) southmetrohealthalliance.org/blog.html
    Making time to volunteer
    Posted by: Blog Editor at 22:30, October 13 2014.

    Guest blog written by Julie Collett, RDH, Executive Director of Kids in Need of Dentistry and Board Director of South Metro Health Alliance.

    When I graduated from Dental Hygiene School I moved to Denver to start my career. I became very active in the Colorado Dental Hygienist Association as well as the Metropolitan Denver Dental Society. At every meeting they would talk about needing volunteers for a school program called Chopper Topper. It was a program where dental hygienists went into elementary schools with 50% free or reduced lunches and provided dental screenings, oral health education and sealants to second graders. I never volunteered because “I didn’t have time”

    How ironic that several years later I would become the coordinator for that very program and now am the Executive Director of Kids in Need of Dentistry whose program is Chopper Topper! As I look back I did have time to volunteer, I just didn’t make the time.

    Why is it so hard to volunteer? Does it take us out of our comfort zone? Do we dread the thought of having to meet new people? Do we hate having to wake up early on weekend?

    Did you know that more than 60 million people in the US volunteer their time each year? Each moment that I spend helping others or working for a cause is a moment that holds value and rewards. Whether it helping my church do yard work for an elderly person, providing dental screenings at a health, serving Friday night dinner to the homeless in downtown Denver or helping to provide Christmas gifts for families in need.

    What are some of the benefits to volunteering?
    •It gives you the opportunity to learn about issues
    •It gives you a sense of feeling needed, appreciated and valued
    •It gives you a chance to meet new and interesting people
    •It might help you deal with your own problems
    •It can help build self-esteem and confidence
    •It can help you become a role model for others
    •It can help to reduce depression
    •It can help show gratitude for help you might have personally received in the past
    •It can help you live a longer life

    People who volunteer may actually live longer than those who don’t, as long as their reasons for volunteering are truly to help others rather than themselves. A new review of the health effects of volunteering found that helping others on a regular basis — like serving food in a soup kitchen or reading to the blind— can reduce early mortality rates by 22%, compared to those in people who don’t participate in such activities.

    Here are some tips for getting started as a volunteer:
    •What skills or talents do you have that you could contribute-you might want to try a new skill as well
    •How much time do you have to volunteer?
    •Are there organizations in your community that you would like to know more about?
    •Are there causes that you are passionate about?
    •What activities make you happy
    •A way to spend time with family as well as make a difference
    •Make sure the organization you chose is a good fit for you

    The idea of volunteering is to bring happiness into someone’s life without asking for anything in return. Don’t be like me and “not have the time”.

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    Genevieve and Sally being interviewed by Dr. John this morning on 9 News! Today KIND is providing dental screenings and fluoride vanishes at 9Health Fair-Barnum Rec. Center. ...

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    Colorado Springs Wine Tasting

    October 24, 2014, 12:00am

    The Pinery at the Hill

    Please join KIND for an evening filled with fine wine, delicious appetizers, and the fun and excitement of a silent auction! Friday, October 24, 2014 6:00-9:00 pm Pinery at the Hill 775 W. Bijou St Colorado Springs Tickets $30 or two for $50 To purchase your tickets online, please go to www.blacktie-colorado.com/rsvp and enter event code: KIND1024 (All one word, not case sensitive) Please Purchase your tickets by Monday, October 20. 2014 For more information please call Sharon at 719-227-1018

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