Give Kids A Smile Day – Give Kids A Smile is the ADA Foundation’s signature access to care program, with events taking place throughout the year. These events kick off annually on the first Friday in February, which is celebrated as Give Kids A Smile Day. Each year, thousands of dentists and volunteers give their time to provide free oral health education, screenings, and treatment to underserved children. More than 5.5 million children have been cared for by more than half a million volunteers since 2003. Dr. Basinger has been the coordinator for the Northwest Louisiana Dental Association’s events for the past 14 years.
The Donated Dental Services (DDS) program provides free, comprehensive dental treatment to our country’s most vulnerable people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile. These are people who cannot afford necessary treatment and cannot get public aid. The program operates through a volunteer network of more than 15,000 dentists and 3,700 dental labs across the United States. Since its inception in 1985, our DDS program has surpassed $330 million in donated dental therapies, transforming the lives of 117,000 people.
The Hub urban ministry/Purchased: Not for Sale – The Hub: urban ministries exists to walk those in poverty through a process that gives them hope, friendship, community, a place they belong and the skills needed to become self-sufficient by giving them access to rescue, relationships, resources and recovery. The Hub does this through two primary ministries: The Lovewell Center and Purchased: Not for Sale. Through these ministries we serve those in poverty and homelessness, women and children trapped in the sex industry and victims of human trafficking.
Shreveport Mudbugs Hockey Club – Dr. Basinger is the official team dentist for the Shreveport Mudbugs hockey club, an affiliate in the NAHL. You never know when a flying puck, or fist, will cause the need for an emergency dental visit!
Front 9 Tour – The Front 9 Tour is founded on Christian principles with a mission to further God’s kingdom through the game of golf. The students play competitively at their local area golf course for ultimate practice and receive top-quality golf instruction. Dr. Basinger is a supporter and sponsor of the tour and all three of his boys have played or are still playing on the tour.
Caddo Magnet High School Alumni Association – Dr. Basinger graduated from Magnet High School in 1988 and was part of the effort to start an alumni association in 2015. He continues to serve on the board of directors.