In 2007 a group of women in Sutter Creek were meeting at a restaurant every month, and while they enjoyed the monthly gathering, they preferred to put their money to a good cause. Thus sparked the inspiration for Sutter Creek Smiles.
The Idea was that each month, one member would host a light dinner at their home, and everyone would contribute $25 to help provide a financial resource for dental care to children who do not qualify for aid available through traditional sources.
The next step was to set up a non-profit organization to manage the funds. This proved overwhelming and cost-prohibitive for the small group, so that’s when Amador Community Foundation stepped in. Sutter Creek Smiles was formed under the fiscal sponsorship of Amador Community Foundation. Now, tax-deductible contributions are made to Sutter Creek Smiles. Several local dentists provide their services and share the cost with Sutter Creek Smiles, and when services are provided, ACF sends payment directly to the dentist.
Through dental care for these children the organization intends to foster improved overall health, self confidence and the enhanced ability to focus in the classroom.
Utilizing the services of Amador Community Foundation as the fiscal sponsor allowed this group of women to really make a difference. From inception in 2007 through October 2019 Sutter Creek Smiles, partnering with local dental offices, has assisted boys and girls with over $70,000 in dental services, including helping several children with full orthodontic treatment and providing thousands of dental screenings and fluoride treatments in local schools. Through this simple way of fundraising, Sutter Creek Smiles has improved the lives of countless numbers of children in our community.
Help the Children
Your dollars go further when you give on #GivingTuesday!
December 3, 2019
On Tuesday, December 3, 2019, Sutter Creek Smiles and many other Amador County nonprofit organizations are participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Donating through Amador Community Foundation’s giveamador.org makes your dollars go further with matching funds. If you are planning on year-end giving, please consider making a contribution to Sutter Creek Smiles on #GivingTuesday, November 29th.
(Contributions made throughout the year, but not on #GivingTuesday, will go to Sutter Creek Smiles but will not qualify for matching funds.)
Learn more about Amador’s #Giving Tuesday at GiveAmador.org
Sutter Creek Smiles Mission & Vision
“To provide a financial resource for dental care primarily to those children who do not qualify for aid available through traditional sources. Through dental care for these children we intend to foster improved overall health, self confidence, and the enhanced ability to focus while in the classroom.”
Sutter Creek Smiles is a 501c3 under the umbrella of Amador Community Foundation, Tax ID #68-0447992