AZMOM VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT
Every year we are more and more humbled by the outpouring of selfless, generous, loving and gracious individuals that we are fortunate to partner with at our annual AZ Mission of Mercy event.
We truly work alongside some of the very best out there and have selected some outstanding volunteers to join our AZMOM Wall of Fame! These volunteers consistently go above and beyond with us, year after year, and we are thrilled to put them in the spotlight and highlight the recognition they deserve. Last month we recognized volunteer, Tasha Marks, and this month we are featuring Alex Robie, shown below! Keep an eye out for more spotlights to appear as we quickly approach our event date in December. THANK YOU to ALL of our volunteers for ALL you do, and we look forward to seeing everyone again December 9th and 10th, 2016!!! #azmomcares
1- How many years have you been in dentistry? 0 yrs
2- Who do you currently work for, and what is your title? I am the Assistant Director for Strategic Initiatives at The University of Arizona
3- How many AZMOM events have you worked? 3
4- Why is AZMOM important to you? Giving back to my community means a lot to me and AZMOM allows me to do that in a very meaningful way
5- Is there a significant memory/patient, from any of the AZMOM events you have participated in, that stands out to you? It is difficult to choose just one memory because volunteering in the denture lab is where the most breathtaking and touching transformations take place. Patients come to the denture lab without any teeth. Their self‐esteem is rock bottom, they often have trouble finding jobs, they’re embarrassed to smile and they can’t remember the last time they were able to eat their favorite foods. In a matter of hours, they leave the denture lab with a full set of teeth. The most magical moments are when patients look in the mirror for the first time and they see a smile that is full of beautiful, straight, pearly white teeth. You get to witness their sense of confidence and self‐worth being instantly restored. They tell me about the jobs they plan to apply for, the foods they can’t wait to eat (everything from steak to almonds) and the Christmas pictures they can finally smile for. There is nothing that makes a 14‐hour volunteer day more worth it than those moments
6- What keeps you coming back to volunteer at AZMOM each year? I love that AZMOM is held every December. Over the past three years, I’ve come to consider AZMOM the kickoff of my holiday season. After all, the true meaning of the holidays is to give, not to receive, so what better way to remind us of that than volunteering?