Project Linus

Project Linus is a non-profit organization that provides homemade blankets to children in need. The blankets are lovingly made by adults and children from all walks of life and many different sources.

   

In the Fall of 2011, Just Orthodontics started collecting blankets for Project Linus as a way to give back to our community. We worked with our referring Dental Office and several area businesses. We have called our collections events Snuggle with a Smile ~ it brings a smile to the person making the blanket and then it brings a smile to the person receiving that blanket and many times the child will have years of snuggling with their treasured blanket. The outpouring of support from our patients, family, and friends has been overwhelming in the 5 years since we have started this project we are proud to say that over 4500 blankets have made their way to children in need of a measure of comfort all across the USA! Many blankets stay right here in our own communities and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Camp Odyain, a heart camp for children with congenital heart defects.

We love to see the look on people’s faces when they bring in their blankets which are truly a labor love as you never know who will receive the blanket you made but you can be sure it will be received with a SMILE!

 

Just Orthodontics Youth Apprenticeship

Youth apprenticeship is a workplace opportunity where Juniors and Seniors get a chance to test out abilities in the field of work they are hoping to pursue after high school graduation. Students come during school hours to work side by side with our staff while completing various tasks to teach them all about the field of orthodontics. While completing daily duties and interacting with patients they get a true taste of what it takes for our orthodontics practice to run on a day-to-day basis.

 

Students come during school hours to work side by side with our staff while completing various tasks to teach them all about the field of orthodontics. While completing daily duties and interacting with patients they get a true taste of what it takes for our orthodontics practice to run on a day-to-day basis.

Youth apprenticeship opens doors for students by giving them a chance to “try out” a potential career interest while allowing them to experience an adult working environment. We are fortunate to guide and train our future dental community.

The Just Scholarship Program

The Just Orthodontics Scholarship is a non-renewable scholarship awarded to a graduating Senior that was a past patient at Just Orthodontics who is planning to enroll in a technical college or 4 -year university/college. Applicants must write an essay of 500 words or less about how their smile has changed their life. Dr. Just and the entire team at Just Orthodontics strongly believe in giving back to the community and we are committed to helping students with their education, we believe that a beautiful smile and a good education go hand-in-hand for a lifetime of success. This year’s Scholarship is worth 500.00.

Taking on Bullying with EOB

Dr. Jeff Just of Just Orthodontics in Manitowoc, WI is a devoted community leader. The practice is well established as supporters of projects as diverse as helping fund a new city aquatic center to support the local high school’s renovation of their old field house. Community service is a cornerstone of the Just family and Dr. Just has carried this torch forward through the generations. Because of this strong community focus, when the issue of bullying was raised in conversation in the spring of 2013, a nerve was struck.

Community service is a cornerstone of the Just family and Dr. Just has carried this torch forward through the generations. Because of this strong community focus, when the issue of bullying was raised in conversation in the spring of 2013, a nerve was struck. The spark that that conversation ignited turned into “EOB”, a brand new short film about the problem of bullying. It’s an issue that young people, including patients of Just Orthodontics, face far too frequently. Filmed by a professional production company during the summer of 2013, featuring over 80 local actors, and shot entirely in Manitowoc, “EOB” is the fictional story of Elizabeth Octavia Baxter, the young victim of extremely harsh bullying.

The spark that that conversation ignited turned into “EOB”, a brand new short film about the problem of bullying. It’s an issue that young people, including patients of Just Orthodontics, face far too frequently. Filmed by a professional production company during the summer of 2013, featuring over 80 local actors, and shot entirely in Manitowoc, “EOB” is the fictional story of Elizabeth Octavia Baxter, the young victim of extremely harsh bullying. According to Dr. Just, “The reason we did it is because we see the problem every single day. Children come into our practice each day unwilling to smile because they are embarrassed and teased daily. We see the amazing transformation orthodontic treatment has on a child’s self-confidence and the perception of themselves yet we feel helpless in addressing the real problem – the bully. Attached to the smile is a human being, still in pain.”

Spreading the Message Further

Thanks to the positive reception from the community, Just Orthodontics is working on distributing the film and study guide to all the schools in the Manitowoc and Sheboygan areas. Other communities in Wisconsin are also interested in using the film and study guides in their schools. EOB is a story that kids can relate to no matter where they are. This was a goal for Dr. Jeff Just when he set out to make the film. He says, “Kids all over America face these issues and we want to help anyone who’s in crisis. We’re dedicated to making a difference within our own community and the community beyond.”

“We did it because we see the problem every single day. Children come into our practice unwilling to smile because they’re embarrassed and teased daily. We see the amazing transformation orthodontic treatment has on a child’s self-confidence and perception of themselves. Yet, we feel helpless in addressing the real problem- the bully. Attached to the smile is a human being, still in pain.” – Dr. Just

For more information about EOB, visit the website, or contact us.