Walmart Foundation donates to Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic

Special to The Freeman

Dec. 19, 2014

WAUKESHA — The Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic was one of seven Wisconsin nonprofits to be awarded $175,000 from the Walmart Foundation recently.

The selected nonprofits, according to the announcement, are dedicated to serving residents through Walmart’s core areas of giving: hunger relief and healthy eating; sustainability; career opportunity; and women’s economic empowerment.

“We’re proud to support nonprofit organizations that make a dynamic impact across the state,” said Todd Peterson, Walmart regional general manager, in a statement. “Each organization is in a position to uniquely address the needs of the communities they serve and we are excited to support their efforts to help Wisconsin residents live better.”

Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic received a $25,000 grant to fund the Healthy Smiles for Tots and Teens Program. The program will provide dental care for 2,600 low-income children in Waukesha County who are uninsured or underinsured.

“Thanks to the generosity of the Walmart Foundation, the WCCDC will be able to provide critical preventative care and screenings for even more children in 2015,” said Renee Ramirez, Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic’s executive director, in a statement.

Other organizations that received funds were: City Year Milwaukee, $25,000 grant; Hope House of Milwaukee, $25,000 grant; Open Arms Free Clinic, $25,000 grant; Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin, $25,000 grant; Sharing Center, $25,000 grant; and Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation, $25,000 grant.

In 2013 the Walmart Foundation awarded $24.7 million in cash and in-kind contributions and a total giving of $26.3 million including customer donations in Wisconsin.