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2010 Quarter 3 Report

The Team Upstate Council was formed to promote public awareness of the Universitys 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 July through September. Below is a complete list of activities for this quarter.

Advisory Dean Community Outreach Projects (September)

160 1st year medical students participated in our new Advisory Dean Community Outreach Projects.

The Advisory Dean Community Outreach Projects are designed for 1st year medical students, but all students are welcome to participate. These are group-based volunteer projects that take place every week.

Weekly volunteer sites include: Assumption Food Pantry, Catholic Charities North Side CYO, South West Community Center, The National Kidney Foundation, and The Samaritan Center.

Amaus Free Clinic Cathedral Emergency Services (July - September)

Upstate students volunteered at the weekly free clinic during the summer and fall semesters.

Upstate students and the COGHE office designed and implemented a Patient Navigator Program (PNP) at Amaus.

PNP allows students to learn about the underlying causes of poverty and social injustice. Students are partnered with patients in order to provide support and resources, helping patients to navigate the healthcare system.

Backpack and Book Drive (August)

Upstate employees participated in a drive for backpacks, books and school supplies that benefits local children attending Mary Nelsons Youth Day BBQ.

Booth House Salvation Army (September)

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.

Challenge Cup Hockey Tournament (August)

The Challenge Cup Hockey Tournament raised $1,950 for Upstate University Hospitals Pediatric Emergency Department.

CNY Lung Cancer Walk, Run & Rally (September)

Sponsored by Upstates department of Radiation Oncology, in an effort to support the LUNGevity Foundations ability to fund the most promising research into the early detection and successful treatment of lung cancer.

Light the Night Walk (September)

95 Upstate employees and students raised $4,319 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at the Light the Night Walk.

Lukies Holes Fore Hope Golf Open (July)

Upstate employees participated in the 8th annual Lukies Holes Fore Hope to benefit the Golisano Childrens Hospital.

Migrant Clinic (July - September)

10 Upstate students volunteered at mobile clinics to provide health care to migrant farm workers in Central New York. The Migrant Clinic is a collaborative effort between Upstate medical student volunteers and the Onondaga County Health Department.

Pats Pavement Pounder (September)

Upstate employees volunteered at the 11th annual Pats Pavement Pounder, which raised over $10,000 for pediatric cancer research.

Reading Buddies Program (September)

15 Upstate students participate one-on-one with 3rd grade students at Dr. King Magnet School each week during the fall semester.

Salvation Army (September)

10 Upstate student volunteer at the afterschool program teaching health education and especially the importance of personal hygiene.

Upstate Open (July)

Upstate employees volunteered at the 23rd annual Childrens Miracle Open, which raised over $108,000 to support pediatric services at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital & the new Pediatric Cancer Center.

Vera House (September)

10 Upstate students trained to become on-call Vera House volunteers.

Vera House provides emergency shelter, counseling and support to women who are victims of domestic and sexual violence and to families in crisis. Student volunteers are trained to work the crisis-call hotline or as victims advocates at shelters and local hospitals.

Walk to Cure Diabetes (JDRF) (September)

Over 19 walkers raised $1,179 for juvenile diabetes as part of the Walk to Cure Diabetes.

Walk from Obesity (September)

Sponsored by the CNY Bariatric Surgery Center at Upstate, scores of participants raised $6,000 to create awareness of the disease of obesity.

Report prepared by:
Zanette G. Howe, Marketing and University Communications, Special Events Manager, Siobhan Arey, Program Coordinator Community Outreach & Globa