Posts Tagged ‘community’

IDS in the Community – Spreading Joy to a Family in Need During the Holidays

January 2nd, 2018

At IDS we strive to make a difference in the lives of those around us. One way that we extended our “Care Deeply” company value this holiday season was by adopting a local family in need.

We paired with Closer to Home, a local social assistance program, to help a family with two little girls have a special Christmas. From their website, Closer to Home states,

“As we have all witnessed this year in Calgary, some families are one situation away from spiralling into crisis and increased stress, which could easily lead to family breakdown. Closer to Home addresses a broad spectrum of issues that put families at risk of falling into crisis. These issues include poverty, mental health, family violence, divorce, addiction, job loss, parenting and family issues.”

Our sponsored family asked for practical winter necessities such as winter boots, socks, mitts and underwear, which we provided along with additional toys so the parents are able to provide their kids with gifts from Santa. With the help and generosity of our fantastic staff, we were able to get every single thing on our adopt a family’s wish list.

 We hope that everyone enjoyed their holiday and has a fantastic 2018!

 

IDS in the Community – Blankets Hand Crafted with Love for Ronald McDonald House

December 1st, 2016

What is the best way to give back this holiday season? For the folks at Imagination Dental Solutions giving back means reaching out to one of our favorite charities – Ronald McDonald House Charities – and crafting blankets for the children in their care.

Ronald McDonald House provides seriously ill children and their families with a place to call home that is close to a medical facility. We have worked with the RMHC before to build several Magic Rooms, a wonderful place for these children to celebrate a special event such as a successful surgery or that they are going home.

IDS - Blankets for Charity 2016

This holiday season the crew at IDS hand assembled blankets of all sizes to help kids at the Ronald McDonald House feel comforted and loved. Over the course of two evenings, we hand cut, tied, and crafted the blankets and will be bringing them to our local RMHC just in time for the holidays.

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Group activities are a great form of team building. Team building activities can be especially meaningful when paired with an element that benefits your community or a charity. We encourage business owners to bring your own staff together and see what you can do this holiday season.

From Instructables, here’s how you can make your own tied fleece blanket.

From everyone at Imagination Dental Solutions, we encourage you to share the warmth of giving with those who need it most. Happy Holidays!

 

Marketing Tips – Bring in New Patients with a Grand Opening Theme Reveal!

September 1st, 2016

Once your office has been completed, the importance of a Grand Opening Theme Reveal should not be undervalued. Whether you have themed an existing office or built one from the ground up, a Theme Reveal is a perfect opportunity to connect with the community and gain new patients.

1. Choose a date for your Theme Reveal party. Alert local newspapers, advertise in school newsletters, send out a notice to your existing patients, and create some buzz for your new, improved office on social media!

2. Invite sports mascots and local sports celebrities to sign autographs. Hire artists to paint children’s faces and clowns to hand out balloon animals. Get a band to play some music for children and adults to dance to. Your event can be as big or small as you want!

3. Serve food! Nothing brings in crowd faster than a BBQ or a pancake breakfast as part of your reveal. Kids loooove hotdogs.

4. Have a photo op ready for guests. Whether it’s an IDS themed prop, pictures with the tooth fairy, or a basket of kids costumes in front of your logo, make sure your name is getting shared on social media by the people attending your event.

By hosting an event for families, it is considerably easier to draw in potential new patients and get everyone in your community excited about the theme you’ve created. People walking past your event will be drawn in and want to know more. Existing patients will get a sneak peek at the office before they come in for an appointment. Kids have the chance to explore and get comfortable in the office, helping alleviate anxiety and getting them excited about visiting the dentist.

This is also a great option if you can’t get theming installed before your official business start date. Have a soft launch to get the business going and smooth out any kinks, then celebrate in a big way when you get your theming installed!

Regardless of which stage you are at in the design and build process for your dental office theming, it is never too late to start planning your Grand Opening Theme Reveal.

 

IDS in the Community – Fifi the Fish – A Book Illustrated by IDS for Charity

August 1st, 2016

IDS joined together with one of our office theming clients, Dr. Leslie Jacobs, to create a children’s book for charity.

Dr. Leslie Jacobs, who has an office themed around another book she wrote, has created a brand new story for IDS to illustrate. The book was illustrated by Michelle Morean Baptista, one of the talented artists at IDS whose ideas become the fun and welcoming theming featured in dental offices across North America. Dr.

“Fifi the Freckle Faced Fish” follows the tale of Fifi the fish, a character embarrassed by her speckled face that makes her look different. As she and her friends journey through the animal kingdom they realize their differences are what make them special. It is a story of acceptance and embracing what makes each of us unique.

Proceeds from the sale of the book are donated to the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), a charity that is very important to IDS owner David Nolan, whose son has autism. You can learn more about this charity at autisticadvocacy.org

To find out more and to order your own copy of “Fifi the Freckled Face Fish” visit: http://www.imaginationdental.com/freckles/

 

IDS in the Community – Helping the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

July 30th, 2015

Imagination Dental Solutions is very happy to have had an opportunity to help the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, a charitable association based in Denver.

As part of their services, the Coalition has a family night each Wednesday where they provide important health services to the children of working parents experiencing homelessness, including pediatric dental care.

From their website:

The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless Dental Clinic provides comprehensive and emergency services to families and individuals experiencing homelessness regardless of insurance coverage. The Dental team provides compassionate and professional service in a state-of-the-art facility. The experienced and friendly staff will make sure you leave with a smile.

The Dental Clinic also provides outstanding care for children and teens during regular hours in a calming environment. Families, who are unable to make appointments during the day, are also encouraged to visit the Monthly Pediatrics Night, where families can access dental services, as well as primary care, eye exams, and fun activities for kids. 

IDS created a friendly mural featuring a happy hippo for their dental treatment room. The fun visual should add an extra level of comfort to children visiting the clinic.

We recently received an email from the Coalition that said:

“Our dental clinic is thrilled to see children enter our pediatric exam room with wide eyes and smiles as opposed to fear and trepidation. You have made the environment more welcoming to say the least!”

The team at Imagination Dental Solutions is proud to have had an opportunity to help the Coalition and the many families that use their services. We are always glad to help children smile!

For more information about the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, please visit their website.