PDS Named One of Orange County’s Most Community-Minded Companies



Pacific Dental Services (PDS) has once again been named an honoree of The Civic 50 Orange County by OneOC and Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. The award recognized PDS as one of the most community-minded companies in Orange County, as determined by an independently administered and scored survey.

The Civic 50 Orange County initiative, modeled after Points of Light’s national program, provides a standard for superior corporate citizenship, and showcases how companies can use their time, skills and resources to drive social impact in their company and communities.

The Civic 50 Orange County honorees were officially recognized at the OneOC Civic 50 Orange County Reception on Sept. 29, 2022. 

This year marks the fourth time PDS has received this award, having previously been recognized in 2017, 2019 and 2021.  

“Service is the heartbeat of our company and our outlook,” said Stephen E. Thorne IV, Founder and CEO of Pacific Dental Services. “Selflessly serving our local communities has not only impacted others, but the hearts of our team members. We are humbled and honored to be recognized by OneOC and Points of Light and to be included in The Civic 50 once again.”

Since its inception in 1994, PDS has a long tradition and culture of service, supporting communities locally, regionally, and even across the globe.

At the local level, PDS-supported practices regularly host drives to collect donated goods, support charity partnerships through sponsorships, and provide team members paid volunteer time to serve with an organization of their choice. The company’s 13,000+ team members work together annually to provide donated dental work and community service on Smile Generation Serve Day, build playgrounds with KABOOM!, and support Special Olympics International.

Across the globe, PDS and its supported practices raise money annually for charity: water to help provide clean water to clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries. Additionally, through partnerships with dental schools and non-governmental organizations, the PDS Foundation organizes international service trips to its dental clinic in Guatemala to provide mentorship, dental treatment and supplies.

Through efforts such as these, the giving hands and hearts of PDS team members can be seen and felt throughout every community it serves. 


About Pacific Dental Services

Founded in 1994, Pacific Dental Services (PDS) is one of the country’s leading dental support organizations, providing supported autonomy that enables dentists to concentrate on clinical excellence and the highest levels of cost-effective comprehensive patient care. PDS originated the Private Practice+ model to enable dentists to focus on their passion: serving patients.

PDS also pioneered the concept of Modern Dentistry so that dentists are equipped to combine advances in the latest technology with the best operational practices and procedures, highly skilled support staff and a commitment to ongoing training and education. PDS continues to grow, with more than 895 supported dental offices across the United States. PDS has been on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in America 14 times.

PDS-supported dentists aim to be the provider of choice in all the markets they serve and to develop Patients for Life. For more information, visit us at pacificdentalservices.com or follow us on Facebook: @pacificdentalservices, Instagram: @pacific.dental, LinkedIn: @pacific-dental-services, Twitter: @pacificdental, and YouTube: @pacificdentaltv. 

About OneOC

OneOC is an Orange County based nonprofit organization with the mission of accelerating nonprofit success. We are committed to making nonprofits in Orange County as efficient and effective as they are passionate about their missions.

Additionally, OneOC serves as a Management Services Organization, providing solutions and support services to nonprofits and companies, helping them to make greater impact and engage with the community. We proudly build bridges between the public and private sectors to make Orange County a better place for all. 

About Points of Light

Points of Light is a global nonprofit organization that inspires, equips, and mobilizes millions of people to take action that changes the world. We envision a world in which every individual discovers the power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant, participatory societies.

Through affiliates in 200 cities across 37 countries, and in partnership with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 5 million volunteers in 14 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most.

For more information, go to www.pointsoflight.org. 



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