Nonprofit Spotlight |

Nonprofit Spotlight

What a great opportunity to do yourself a favor, boost your self-esteem and benefit one of the county’s premier nonprofits. Make an appointment with Dr. James D. Cummins between now and June 30 to get your teeth whitened, something you’ve been meaning to do, anyway. Fifty percent of the $225 fee will stay here in our community and benefit children with developmental disabilities through the Family Support and Early Intervention programs of Mountain Valley. The other 50 percent goes to the national Smiles for Life Campaign.

Dr. Cummins’ office is located at 410 20th St., Suite 101 in Glenwood Springs.

Mountain Valley Developmental Services was formed in 1973 by a group of parents and volunteers, and was incorporated as a nonprofit in 1975. Mountain Valley has since grown into a comprehensive organization providing an array of services to children and adults with developmental disabilities.

The mission of Mountain Valley is to encourage and support individuals with developmental disabilities, enhance their ability to live, learn, and work in an independent and inclusive manner, and educate the community about their contributions and capabilities.

Mountain Valley provides services in the communities of Aspen, Carbondale, Eagle, Glenwood Springs, Gypsum, Leadville, Rifle, Parachute and Vail.

Bruce Christensen is the executive director and Shelly Hanan is the development director. For more details about MVDS or the Smiles for Life program, please call Hanan at 704-1332.

Kay Vasilakis’ column, Nonprofit Spotlight, appears every other Wednesday. For news tips or inspirations, please call 984-2308.

What is it? The Smiles for Life program is a reduced-cost, professional teeth-whitening service, donating proceeds to children’s charities.

Who does it benefit? Children with developmental disabilities through Mountain Valley Developmental Services

Who is the dentist? James D. Cummins, DDS, PC

Time frame: March 1-June 30

To schedule an appointment, please call 945-5083

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