Selma Moon Pierce, Volunteer

6/24/2014 Press Release

Retirement hasn't slowed down Selma Moon Pierce one bit.  A California transplant who practiced dentistry in Salem for 20 years, she's still plying her trade pro bono for a variety of nonprofits and has added fundraising and event planning to her repertoire. "I figured that because I'm retired I have more time to help out than those still working." she explains. "One of the nice things about living in Oregon is that it's very community-oriented: People know their neighbors and help them out." Selma's contributions are impressive. She's a volunteer grant evaluator for OCF and a key organizer of the huge free dental clinic Mission of Mercy. which last year deployed 1.200 volunteers to treat 1,600 low-income Oregonians. "We're just trying to put smiles back on faces," she says. She also volunteers with Medical Teams lnternational's local elementary school interventions. "Today I had to remove a permanent tooth from a ten-year-old girl and it's so sad: preventing this situation is so much easier and less invasive than treating it when it gets this bad," she notes. "I really applaud OCF for its Children's Dental Health Initiative. That's one of the reasons why I was so honored to become an OCF grant evaluator