At Delta Dental of Washington, during the month of June, we typically celebrate National Smile Month.
It is a time of celebration, where we come together to recognize the impact smiles have on us all. Our employees activate in communities across the state with volunteerism, donations, acts of kindness, messages of inclusivity, and to celebrate all the bright colors of PRIDE.
This year, however, our focus has added meaning. While we still recognize the importance of a healthy smile, our smiles have turned to chants of social justice and the call for action against racism. We cannot simply move on with a “business as normal” approach and ignore the call to be better listeners, allies, advocates, and friends.
While COVID-19 is ravaging the health of our communities, racism too is a public health threat, which cannot be ignored – nor can the health of those who have been historically marginalized and oppressed, including Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC), and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, And Asexual or Allied (LGBTQIA+) communities.
This June and July, we’ll be working with BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ owned restaurants to provide meals to frontline workers, hospital staff, and social justice organizations across Washington. Our hope is to nourish the bodies and souls of those who are ensuring our state is healthy, so we change for the better. We are also partnering with Seattle PRIDE and joining the conversation on what it means for the LGBTQIA+ community to support the BLM movement and equality for all.
And while we’re in this historic moment of change, remember that your smile and acts of kindness still matter and can make a big difference in someone’s life.