Success Stories

Upstate Employees and Students walk the talk by helping their own!

Members of the Upstate Employee and Student Emergency Fund committee know the needs of our community given the number of applications they have reviewed and the situations they have learned of. They also know how to help even beyond serving on the committee.

Upstate Employee and Student Emergency Fund committee members have reached out to their peers and raised additional funds to help support this worthwhile program. Below are a few success stories showing Upstate employees and students going above and beyond to support a cause they believe in.

At the request of committee members, Nicole Cifra and Matt Cortese, the Upstate Student Government coordinated a raffle with great prizes in the Fall of 2013. Hundreds of tickets were sold and all of the almost $1,700.00 proceeds were donated to the Upstate Employee and Student Emergency Fund! Thank you to all who supported the raffle, and thank you to the USG for your hard work and generous donation!

Barbara (Bambi) Carkey, College of Nursing Faculty and Upstate Employee and Student Emergency Fund committee member, mobilized her colleagues in support of the fund. The College of Nursing typically collects for a holiday donation to a worthy cause in lieu of gifts for each other. This year Bambi proposed and advocated for the Upstate Employee and Student Emergency Fund to be the recipient of their collection. Thanks to their generosity, an additional $460.00 was contributed to the funds available for employee and student hardships.

Additionally, an anonymous donation in the amount of $300 was made to the fund based upon a member of the committee simply talking to a friend about the great initiative that Upstate Medical University had started. Just from hearing about the program, and without any connection to the institution, the person contributed in support of the great cause!

On behalf of the students and employees being helped by the Upstate Employee and Student Emergency Fund, we thank you for your generous contributions. Every dollar donated helps us help our Upstate family in times of economic hardship caused by sudden, non-recurring, and unplanned events such as accident, illness, loss or disaster, such as: family crisis, fire, acute illness or natural disaster.

Please continue to spread the word about our efforts and needs, and consider the Upstate Employee and Student Emergency Fund as the recipient of your fundraising.

Thank you again to our generous colleagues and neighbors!