The Braces Project | VideoJ.R. Havens | 12/24/2012
"Parents like their children being vested in their treatment. There`s not a lot of ways for children to get together and help with providing financial support for a child`s treatment, we`ve seen positive feedback," Warford said.
Because of the program, patients not only earn a discount but as of November, about 30 organizations have received over 3,200 hours of volunteer service.
"Her friends can help and their hours go toward that. It basically pays for her braces. It takes the burden off, but we are gaining so much more than that knowing the satisfaction that we are helping others," said participant Sheila Hildebrand.
"Happiness, feeling that we have accomplished something not for yourself, but for others," said participant Sara Hildebrand.
Patients log their hours with RSVP Plus and some say they`ll continue to volunteer even after they get their braces off.
"He doesn`t have to do it. It`s a wonderful project. He gives back to the community. It`s a win-win for everybody. It`s a wonderful thing to give back," said participant Julie Hardy.
Both the staff and the patients really embrace the motto at Warford Orthodontics, "Changing the World, One Smile at a Time."
The Braces Project isn`t the only pioneering program at Warford Orthodontics, the Jerene`s Wish Program allows potential patients to write an essay on why they should receive a discount on their braces. Warford Orthodontics will be entering its 40th year of business in 2013.