HISTORY: The Kemple Clinic was established in October, 1998 by Dr. H.M. Kemple, a long-time Bend resident and practicing dentist. Dr. Kemple had a lofty dream to ensure that all children in our community are provided with quality dental care regardless of ability to pay. While approaching his retirement, he negotiated a work space with Deschutes County and established a free dental clinic for children unable to access dental care given their circumstances. Working closely with the Deschutes County Schools, he worked diligently to expand clinic operations, raising money to fund operating costs, and encouraging local dentists to volunteer their time and facilities to treat the children of Deschutes County. Dr. Kemple provided leadership to the Board of Directors, encouraging continued growth and positive impact on our community. Dr. Kemple passed away on December 2, 2007. The Board, inspired by his dream, continues to pursue a new, expanded vision for the clinic-one that continues to meet the ever-growing needs of our Central Oregon community. PHILANTHROPIC PROJECTS: No Charge Preventative Services: Off-site and On-site Dental Screenings (Oral Health Clinics) No Charge Hygiene Appointments by referral from children/family agencies (schools, FANS, community non-profits, etc.)Dental Treatments: children in need of acute dental treatment are referred to one of our volunteer dentist offices for no charge treatment. Education and Community outreach - In conjunction with National Children's Dental Month (February), the Kemple Clinic administers the Give Kids a Smile Program arranging for on-site dental exams and the referral of qualified children needing treatment to the Kemple Clinic volunteer dentists. Also, providing Oral Health clinics at off site locations as well as basic dental screenings on request. Also, Kemple Clinic Board Members provide overviews and updates to the Central Oregon Dental Society and actively seek their support of our current mission and the continued enhancement of our future vision. Inherent in all our efforts is dental health education to prevent need for urgent care. IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY: Since its inception, the Kemple Clinic has steadily increased its caseload over the past few years, we have treated an average of nearly 400 children each year, providing an annual average of over 1,000 actual treatments, ranging from cleanings to very extensive dental care/orthodontia. All treatments are delivered by our volunteer dentists/hygienists - we do not have a full-time dentist on staff. Most of these treatments (80%) are delivered in the offices of volunteer dentists, with the remainder being handled in the clinic facility, with a volunteer dentist on-site. Our local volunteer dentists contribute an average of $300,000 in donated services each year.