The team at Cuozzo Orthodontic Specialists firmly believes in giving back to our communities here in New Jersey, as well as to the world at large.
In addition to a variety of charity organizations and events here at home, our New Jersey orthodontist volunteers his time and donates funds to organizations in other regions of the U.S. and areas across the globe.
Connect Global and Aquaponics
“Feeding the world one fish at a time.”
Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics.
- Aquaculture is the raising of fish as a sustainable food source.
- Hydroponics is the growing of plants in water, rather than soil.
The waste from the fish fertilizes the plants, and the plants clean the water that the fish live in, creating an ideal environment for both parties.
Because of their efficiency, Aquaponics serve as an excellent and sustainable food source for under-developed countries that are in need of resources.
A single Aquaponic system, which is relatively inexpensive to build, can be capable of feeding an entire village.
Dr. Pat donates monthly to Connect Global, an organization who builds Aquaponic systems in struggling villages in Africa. With the help of donors, Connect Global hopes to soon expand their services to villages in Jamaica.
Dr. Pat strives to educate others about these sustainable food sources, and even has a small one in his own backyard.
“It is our desire to see thousands of people positively affected by sustainable solutions. By making Sustainable Solutions accessible, we are empowering life change in communities around the world in a dignified and lasting manner.”
– Connect Global
To learn more about Connect Global and Aquaponics visit www.goservechange.com
Remote Area Medical (RAM)
Based out of Knoxville, Tennessee, Remote Area Medical (RAM) is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to providing health and dental care for patients who cannot afford basic medical care and/or have limited access to such services.
Dr. Pat goes on a yearly mission trip to Tennessee to offer dental services to RAM.
He and his colleagues often treat several hundred patients in a 3-4 day span.
When speaking of his last mission trip, Dr. Pat said:
“My colleagues and I were able to treat upwards of 700 patients over the course of the weekend, all of whom were more than thankful for the care they were able to receive. To see the smile on each patient’s face after their treatment made the entire experience truly gratifying.”
During the trip, Dr. Pat provides extractions, restorations, cleanings, and flouride treatments; all of which are essential in maintaining good oral health.
To learn more about Remote Area Medical, visit ramusa.org
Dairy Queen Gift Cards
Dr. Pat believes it is important to have a treat every once in a while…
Patients that wear their Cuozzo Orthodontic Specialists hat or t-shirt to their appointments receive a $3.00 gift card for ice cream at an area Dairy Queen!
Helping out small business franchises is another way our practice can do our part in boosting the local economy!
Local School Visits
Dr. Pat often visits local schools for various events, like career days. He has even been invited to judge science fairs!
He loves to be able to teach children and teens about the importance of caring for their teeth, and to encourage them to pursue a career as a dentist or dental assistant.