Campus Chapters

Learn about Unspoken Smiles campus chapters and how to get involved within your local community.

What is a campus chapter?
A campus chapter is a group of students who are passionate about promoting better oral health through community empowerment, and are ready to take the next step to lead the charge at their school to help fulfill Unspoken Smiles’s mission. Each campus chapter is a student-led, student-initiated organization on a college campus that partners with the Unspoken Smiles USA to fulfill the four functions of a campus chapter.

What do campus chapters do?
Campus chapters set the foundation for Unspoken Smiles’s work related to your school. This includes helping set up volunteer opportunities, educating your school and community around issues related to access to quality dental care in under-served communities and women empowerment, fundraising in your local area to support more dental outreach opportunities and speaking with your community officials to prioritize dental services for poor people.

Campus chapters are guided by four functions:

Direct service
Campus chapters partner with Unspoken Smiles USA on volunteering on the school-based educational and prevention program, and office tasks.

Fundraising
Campus chapters raise funds to support the work of Unspoken Smiles USA, Unspoken Smiles Fellowship and Unspoken Smiles Global Outreach programs. Chapters may contribute through various fundraisers in partnership with Unspoken Smiles USA program.

Advocating
Campus chapter leaders and members must advocate for access to quality oral health in poor neighborhoods throughout the United States. Being an Unspoken Smiles advocate means raising your voice to help shape policies to serve people in need of dental care.

Educating
Campus chapters educate others on their campus and in their local community about the danger of untreated dental diseases and the importance of our preventative approach and what Unspoken Smiles does to increase access to dental care solutions.

Does my school have a campus chapter?
With nearly 472 private universities, Community Colleges, and Trade Schools around New York State, we are definitely looking to expand our campus chapters on a national scale. see if your school already has an active campus chapter.

How do I start a campus chapter at my school?
Do you already volunteer with Unspoken Smiles Foundation and are ready to take your involvement to the next level? In order to gain access to greater resources and support, your group must partner with Unspoken Smiles USA and be chartered by Unspoken Smiles Foundation to be officially recognized.

Step 1: Read the Prospective Campus Chapters Toolkit.
Before you apply to become a Unspoken Smiles Foundation campus chapter, be sure to read the Prospective Campus Chapters Toolkit (.pdf). This toolkit is a collection of resources to help you learn more about the program, determine if a campus chapter is a good fit for your school and how to start organizing your campus chapter. Please be sure to complete the steps in the toolkit before filling out the interest form

Step 2: Submit an interest form.
Once you have determined a campus chapter is a good fit and your group is ready to start the process, please fill out the campus chapter interest form found in the Prospective Campus Chapters Toolkit.
Unspoken Smiles Campus Chapters Chair Linda DePaolis will be in contact with you within two weeks of receiving your interest form with next steps to becoming official.

What is required of campus chapters?
It is important for all campus chapters to meet our annual requirements in order to maintain good-standing status with Unspoken Smiles Foundation. Below are quick links to help chapters complete these requirements and have a successful year.

Dues are not a requirement to be a campus chapter. We hope chapters redirect those funds to their covenant affiliate or tithe to a global partner.

Annual report and covenant

The annual report and covenant and are now combined in one document, which will only require electronic signatures from the campus chapter president, faculty advisor and affiliate executive director or board president.

These annual reports are the only means that Unspoken Smiles Foundation has of monitoring chapter activity and recording all the great things chapters are doing. It is vital for our accurate reporting and record keeping that chapters submit a report each year.

The covenant renews the relationship with your covenant affiliate and the chapter’s commitment to the mission of Unspoken Smiles Foundation. The annual report and covenant are due by May 31 each year. Campus chapters who fail to submit their annual report and covenant by May 31 will be made inactive.

Prepare for your online annual report by viewing the questions and format, then continue to the online submission page where your chapter can log in, complete the report and covenant and submit it electronically.

Chapters can also access the Campus Chapter Requirements Packet online.

Contact
For more information or questions, email campuschapters@unspokensmilesfoundation.org. Follow along with us on Twitter at #USFCampusChapters.