About our Organization

Sonrisas Dental Health, Inc is a non-profit dental center dedicated to providing access to quality dental
care and oral health education to our community. We provide these services with dignity, respect and
compassion. We offer two convenient locations in Half Moon Bay and San Mateo. We are working to
close the access to care gap in San Mateo County through education and direct care. We partner with
community-based organization, county programs, and individuals in our community to have the most
relevant, sustainable impact in our community. Sonrisas’ annual budget is $3mil., 40% of which is raised
through donations and grants. In FY19-20, Sonrisas had nearly 9900 patient visits*. This year, Sonrisas
celebrates 20 years of service to our community.

*Pre-pandemic, our patient visit volume averages 11,000 per year.

About the Board Member Role

As board member, you are an essential and important link to the organization. We are looking for
someone that is passionate about Sonrisas’ mission and is an advocate in our community. While not a
criterion, it is desired that you have experience around or, at least, an interest in California dental
healthcare and its effects on patients. We are currently seeking candidates with fundraising interest and
experience to join our Board of Directors. By committing to serve on the Board, you are expected to
participate in the stewardship, governance, and fiduciary responsibility of an active board member. This
role is for someone that will work in good faith with the staff and other board members as partners
toward achievement of the organization’s goals, mission, and strategic plan.

  • Attend monthly board meetings; 3rd Thursday of the month (6:30-8:30pm)
  • Attend annual board retreat, which occurs over a Friday to Saturday at an agreed upon month
  • Participate in committee meetings as needed
  • (Optional but recommended) Attend occasional fundraising events
  • While the organization will reimburse for travel and some networking expenses within a reasonable amount, this is volunteer position and will not be monetarily compensated.

Sonrisas Dental Health acknowledges that it is important that our leadership team reflect the people that
we serve. We celebrate and look for ways that the interests of our patients and community are protected
and honored. The work that we do centers on increasing access to care for marginalized communities.
We strive to follow this same principle by actively opening up leadership opportunities to Black,
Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). We strongly encourage BIPOC to apply for this position.

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