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2009 Quarter 1 Report

The Team Upstate Council was formed to help 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 January through March. Below is a complete list of activities for this quarter.

Upstate's community outreach activities for January through March included the following:

Amaus Free Clinic - Cathedral Emergency Services (January - March)

  • 50 Upstate medical students volunteered at the weekly free clinic during the spring semester

Booth House (January - March)

  • 10 Upstate students bring health education to teenagers twice a month throughout the spring semester. Booth House is operated by the Salvation Army to provide young adults with difficult living situations a temporary place to stay.

Cover the Uninsured Week (January - March)

  • Upstate students have solicited in-kind donations worth approximately $1200 for the second annual raffle to benefit Amaus Free Clinic. The raffle will occur in April and prizes include: Roundtrip plane ticket to anywhere in the U.S. on Jet Blue Airlines (Grand Prize); 32 inch HD Samsung Flat Panel TV (Second Place); "A Taste of Marshall Street" Package (Third Place); Dinner and a Movie/Comedy Show for Two (Fourth Place); "Pamper me Pretty" Spa & Jewelry Package (Fifth Place).

Fifth Grade Science Fair (January - March)

  • 15 Upstate students are engaging teams of fifth grade students at Dr. King Magnet School in scientific inquiry and investigation. The science fair will occur in April and students will be judged by their peers.

Fun with Food! Afterschool Program (January - March)

  • 12 Upstate first-year medical students introduced the concepts of healthy eating to second grade students and their families during afterschool activities at Dr. King Magnet School over a six week period.

Physical Therapy Chili Cook-Off (February)

  • 15 Upstate students coordinated a chili cook-off with over 75 participants to benefit physical therapy research.

Project SEUSS: SUNY ESF & Upstate Semester of Service (January - March)

  • 5 Upstate students helped to make MLK Day a day-on, not a day-off by volunteering at the North Area Athletic and Education Center in January. They helped 30 local school children learn about the food pyramid and healthy eating habits.
  • 2 Upstate students had a heart and volunteered at the North Area Athletic and Education Center in February. They taught 30 local school children how to be heart healthy for Valentine's Day through a series of interactive games and activities.
  • 2 Upstate students sprung into service and volunteered at the North Area Athletic and Education Center in March. They created working model lungs with 30 local school children on the first day of spring to discuss the effects of asthma and allergies.

Reading Buddies Program (January - March)

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

Salt City Homeless Outreach Program - SC Hope (January - March)

  • 50 Upstate medical students provided free medical care at the weekly clinic in the basement of the Mulroy Civic Center during the spring semester.

Samaritan Center (February)

  • 5 Upstate students assembled and distributed 115 winter care packages for during an evening meal at the Samaritan Center to celebrate Valentine's Day.

Vera House (March)

  • 20 Upstate students participated in the White Ribbon Campaign to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence, selling white ribbons and bracelets to the Upstate campus community.

7th Annual Father Daughter Valentine Ball (February)

  • Upstate employees volunteered at the annual event, which was attended by 670, and raised over $25,000 to support Pediatric services at Upstate.