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2010 Quarter 4 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 October through December. Below is a complete list of activities for this quarter.

Advisory Dean Community Outreach Projects (October-December)

  • 160 1st year medical students participated in our new Advisory Dean Community Outreach Projects.
  • The 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 (October December)

  • Upstate students volunteered at the weekly free clinic during the fall semester.
  • Upstate students and the COGHE office designed and implemented a Patient Navigator Program 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.

Assumption Food Pantry (October-December)

  • 30 Upstate students volunteered at Assumption Food Pantry
  • Serving food to clients, restocking and organizing food items
  • Packing bags of groceries to be given out to clients

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.

Catholic Charities North Side CYO (October-December)

  • 40 Upstate students volunteered once a week at North Side CYO providing health education and tutoring

Center for New Americans Blanket Drive (October)

  • Upstate students and employees collected over 100 blankets, sheets, towels and warm clothing for refugees.

Community Giving Campaign (September December)

  • Close to 1,700
Upstate employees contributed over $600,000 to support vital health and human service agencies and the Upstate Foundation in our annual giving campaign.

Dictionary Project (October)

  • Ninety-five third-graders from Dr. Martin Luther King Magnet School received new dictionaries from Upstate medical students.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (October)

  • 126 members of Team Upstate raised $12,000 for the American Cancer.

March Of Dimes (October-December)

  • Upstate employees and students participated in the March for Babies walk, and raised more than $4,285.

National Kidney Foundation (October-December)

  • 20 Upstate students volunteered at the National Kidney Foundations health screening.
  • This screening provided individuals in the community with information regarding the importance of healthy lifestyles and the dangers of living uncontrolled with hypertension and diabetes.

Refugee Health Project (October-December)

  • 8 Upstate students participate in presenting a health orientation to new refugees, helping them become familiar with the health care system in the United States
  • 12 Upstate Medical Students volunteer at the Saturday Morning Refugee Education Program held at MLK school, teaching refugee children about the importance of healthy lifestyles

Salvation Army (October-December)

  • 10 Upstate students volunteered at the after school program teaching health education and especially the importance of personal hygiene.

South West Community Center (October-December)

  • 60 Upstate student volunteer at the after school program providing tutoring in all subjects and health education.

Step Out-Walk to Fight Diabetes (October)

  • Employees raised $4,097 for the American Diabetes Association at the Step Out Walk.

Toy Drive (December)

  • Upstate students and employees collected hundreds toys for local children in our community during the holiday season.

Vera House (October-December)

  • 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.

Veterans' Day Parade (November)

  • An enthusiastic group of Upstate veterans gathered to march together in Syracuses Veterans' Day Parade.

Walk From Obesity (September)

  • The CNY Bariatric Surgery Center at Upstate sponsored the first Syracuse Walk From Obesity to raise awareness of the disease of obesity, childhood obesity and morbid obesity. 90 participants raised $6,000.
Report prepared by:
Zanette G. Howe, Marketing and University Communications, Special Events Manager
Siobhan Arey, Program Coordinator Community Outreach & Global Health Educatio