2009 Quarter 4 ReportThe Team Upstate Council was formed to promote public awareness of the University's contributions to the community and to instill pride in our organization by acknowledging and supporting employee volunteer efforts at SUNY Upstate and in our community. We believe the spirit of volunteerism adds an important dimension to our workplace culture.
Upstate students and employees have been busy with a variety of outreach and volunteer efforts from October through December. Below is a complete list of activities for this quarter.
Community Giving Campaign (September - December)
- 1,592 Upstate employees contributed $527,947 to support vital health and human service agencies and the Upstate Foundation in our annual giving campaign.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (October)
- 105 members of Team Upstate raised $4,475 for the American Cancer Society at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
Center for New Americans Blanket Drive (October)
- Upstate students and employees collected over 200 blankets, sheets, towels and warm clothing for refugees.
Dictionary Project (October)
- Ninety third-graders from Dr. Martin Luther King Magnet School received new dictionaries from Upstate medical students.
Amaus Free Clinic - Cathedral Emergency Services (October - December)
- 50 Upstate medical students volunteered at the weekly free clinic during the fall semester.
- 25 Upstate medical students organized a pediatric health fair at the free clinic in October to provide health education and free school physicals.
Booth House - Salvation Army (October - December)
- 10 Upstate students brought health education to teenagers twice a month throughout the fall semester. Booth House is operated by the Salvation Army to provide young adults with difficult living situations a temporary place to stay.
Salt City Homeless Outreach Program - SC Hope (October - December)
- 50 Upstate medical students provided free medical care at the weekly clinic in the basement of the Mulroy Civic Center during the fall semester.
Southwest Community Center (October - December)
- 8 Upstate medical students participate in after-school tutoring and mentoring programs for youth ages 6-16 at the center each week.
- 14 Upstate medical students organized a pediatric health fair at the center in December, in conjunction with the Community Based Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program.
Reading Buddies Program (October - December)
- 15 Upstate students participate one-on-one with 3rd grade students at Dr. King Magnet School each week during the fall semester.
Veterans' Day Parade (November)
- An enthusiastic group of Upstate veterans gathered to march together in Syracuse's Veterans' Day Parade.
Center for New Americans Eye Clinic (November)
- 9 Upstate medical students organized an eye clinic and provided screening for 100 refugees.
Team Haiti (November - December)
- 5 Upstate medical students organized a service trip to Haiti to bring medical aid and screening services to rural communities.
- The Division of Student Affairs supported Team Haiti in its pledge to collect over 60 pairs of pajamas for youth in an orphanage in Haiti.
- The College of Health Professions Radiation Therapy Program was instrumental in collecting over 200 medical supplies for Team Haiti to distribute at local hospitals and a student-run wound clinic.
Clark Tower Community Programs (November - December)
- Upstate students conducted a food drive in the residence hall and collected over 100 items to donate to local food pantries.
Toy Drive (December)
- Upstate students and employees collected hundreds toys for needy children in our community during the holiday season.
American Medical Association Bone Marrow Donor Drive (December)
- 15 Upstate medical students from the AMA Medical Student Section organized a bone marrow donor drive in conjunction with the National Marrow Donor Program.
Campus Activities Governing Board (December)
- The CAGB collected canned goods as admission to the December Comedy Show and donated over 100 items to local food pantries.
Report prepared by:
Zanette G. Howe, Marketing and University Communications, Special Events Manager
Andrea B. Leifer, Program Coordinator Community Outreach & Global Health Education