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2009 Quarter 2 Report

The 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 April through June. Below is a complete list of activities for this quarter.

Upstate's community outreach activities for April through June included the following:

Amaus Free Clinic - Cathedral Emergency Services (April - June)

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

American Medical Association (AMA) Tour to Insure (May)

  • 30 Upstate faculty and students participated in a 4-mile run and raised more than $400 to benefit local health clinics that provide services to Syracuse's uninsured and underinsured.
  • 2 Upstate medical students traveled 150 miles from Albany to Syracuse on bicycles to complete the northeastern leg of the National AMA Tour to Insure, a large-scale, student-organized bike/run relay to raise awareness and funds that assist the millions living without health insurance.

Andrea's Art Auction (May 29)

  • 12 Upstate employees helped organize the annual Andrea's Art Auction, which supports the Golisano Children's Hospital and scholarships for area students.

Booth House (April - May)

  • 10 Upstate students brought health education to teenagers twice a month throughout the spring semester. Booth House, operated by the Salvation Army, provides young adults who have difficult living situations with a temporary place to stay.

Corporate Challenge (June 23)

  • 38 Upstate employees participated in the Syracuse Corporate Challenge in June. The annual event highlights corporate team spirit and supports different local charities each year.

Cover the Uninsured Week (April)

  • The Upstate community came together to support the 2nd Annual Amaus Raffle Fundraiser, which donated $3,250 to support the Amaus Free Clinic and assist Syracuse's uninsured and underinsured.

Fifth Grade Science Fair (April)

  • 15 Upstate students engaged 65 fifth grade students at Dr. King Magnet School in scientific inquiry and investigation at an annual science fair hosted by Upstate.

Food Bank of CNY Community Gardening (May)

  • Upstate faculty and students helped plant more than 400 tomato plants in a community garden.

Global Youth Service Day (April)

  • 10 Upstate students distributed nutrition and fitness education information at the March for Babies, held on Global Youth Service Day. Global Youth Service Day is organized nationally by the Global Youth Action Network, National Youth Leadership Council, and Youth Service America, with thousands of partner organizations in the United States and across the world. This project was funded by the UnitedHealth HEROES Grant.

Heart Walk (April 18)

  • Upstate President David R. Smith, MD, served as chair of the Syracuse Heart Walk and Upstate was a major sponsor of the event. 441 Upstate employees and students participated in the American Heart Association's Heart Walk, raising $30,000 for the Heart Association. Team Upstate was the Heart Walk's top overall fundraising team, top team healthcare division, and top fundraising team for Kentera.

InterFaith Works' Community Wide Dialogue Annual Duck Race To End Racism (June 6)

  • 20 Upstate employees and their families participated in the 7th Annual Duck Race to End Racism, held at Syracuse's Inner Harbor and presented by the Community Wide Dialogue, a program of InterFaith Works of CNY. Team Upstate marched in the parade carrying our 2009 duck which featured Upstate's values: discovery, innovation, respect, integrity and community service.

Juneteenth Festival and Celebration (June 13)

  • Upstate Medical University was a lead sponsor of Syracuse's 2009 Juneteenth Festival, and host of the first annual Health Pavillion. Scores of Upstate employees and their families volunteered at the Juneteenth Festival by assisting with the Thursday night Ancestral dinner; marching in the Friday afternoon Winston Gaskin Community Walk for Wellness and Saturday's parade; and by hosting, coordinating and staffing the Health Pavillion on Saturday. Bruce Simmons MD, director of Student and Employee Health at Upstate, was keynote speaker at Thursday's dinner.

Literacy Festival (June 6)

  • Team Upstate volunteer Brad Long of the Health Sciences Library, volunteered at the Light a Candle for Literacy Parade and Festival held at Syracuse's Beard School. Long showed and discussed the human anatomical models to children and parents. Hundred of children and their families received free books, made crafts, enjoyed music and learned about community resources at this fourth annual festival.

March for Babies (April 26)

  • More than 200 Upstate Medical University employees and students raised more than $16,000 for the March for Dimes by participating in the organization's annual March for Babies.

Migrant Clinic (June)

  • 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 SUNY Upstate student volunteers and the Onondaga County Health Department.

Miracle Motorcycle Ride for Children (MAY 30)

  • Emergency Department chair and acting University Hospital CEO, Dr. John McCabe, kicked off the event with a thank you message for the event's nearly 700 riders, volunteers and sponsors. 55 Upstate employees and their families raised more than $2,000 for the Miracle Motorcycle ride and many volunteered at the event.

Paige's Butterfly Run (June 6)

  • 70 Upstate students and employees raised more than $1,100 for the annual Paige's Butterfly Run. Dr. Tom Welch and Dr. Bill Kerr were honorary co-chairs for the event, and Team Upstate had the largest number of participants.

Project SEUSS: SUNY ESF & Upstate Semester of Service (April)

  • 3 Upstate students sprung into service and volunteered at the North Area Athletic and Education Center in March. They were able to create fruit and vegetable stamp art and engage 15 local school children in Nutrition Bingo, games to teach them about health and nutrition.

Race for the Cure

  • 70 people joined Team Upstate for the annual Race for the Cure in May, and raised $2,500 for the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Reading Buddies Program (April - May)

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

Rockin' the Red Cross (April 24)

  • Central New York's premier battle of the corporate bands, featuring Upstate's band, Tachycardia performed at the Landmark Theatre to raise funds for the American Red Cross. Over 130 Upstate employees and students participated in the event.

Salt City Homeless Outreach Program - SC Hope (April - June)

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

Sarah House Supply Drive (April)

  • Upstate physical therapy students collected non-perishable food and household supplies to benefit Sarah House, a hospitality house that supports patients and families seeking medical treatment in Syracuse area hospitals.

UnitedHealth HEROES Grant (April)

  • SUNY Upstate Medical University is a 2009 recipient of the UnitedHealth HEROES Service-Learning Grant which supports youth-led projects that focus on healthy lifestyles. Programs like Global Youth Service Day are made possible by the efforts of the UnitedHealth Group and Youth Service America.
Report prepared by: Zanette G. Howe, Marketing and University Communications, Special Events Manager Andrea B. Leifer, Program Coordinator Community Outreach & Global Health Education