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2009 Quarter 3 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 July through September. Below is a complete list of activities for this quarter.

Amaus Free Clinic - Cathedral Emergency Services (July - September)

  • 50 Upstate students volunteered at the weekly free clinic during the fall semester.
  • Upstate students and faculty celebrated the clinic's second birthday in July.

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.

Children's Miracle Open (July)

  • 25 Upstate employees volunteered at the 22nd annual Children's Miracle Open, which raised over $108,000. Paul Seal was the Executive Chair of the event.

Light the Night Walk (September)

  • More than $10,000 was raised by team upstate for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at the Light the Night Walk.

Lukie's Holes Fore Hope Golf Open (July)

  • More than 10 Upstate employees participated in the 7th annual Lukie's Holes Fore Hope to support the school room at the Upstate Golisano Children's 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.

National Kidney Foundation Kids in Control Program (July - August)

  • 12 Upstate medical students introduced the concepts of healthy eating and physical fitness to youth ages 8-13 for five weeks at the Syracuse Urban Youth Development Satellite Camp at Bellegrove Baptist Church with support from the National Kidney Foundation.

Orientation Bus Tour: An Introduction to Your New Community (August)

  • 150 Upstate students participated in a bus tour of Syracuse during new student orientation that introduced them to the community and avenues for volunteerism. With stops at community organizations including Amaus Free Clinic, Center for New Americans, and the Samaritan Center, students were educated about the nutrition and health care challenges facing members of the Syracuse community. Students were given a pre- and post-tour survey to assess the impact of the tour, and were also asked to submit a written response about their experience.

Pat's Pavement Pounder (September)

  • Upstate employees volunteered at the 10th annual Pat's 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.

Salt City Homeless Outreach Program - SC Hope (July - September)

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

Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital Opening (September)

  • More than 300 employees volunteered at the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital grand opening.

Walk to Cure Diabetes (September)

  • Over 50 walkers joined Team Upstate to raise $2,765 for juvenile diabetes as part of the Walk to Cure Diabetes.
Report prepared by:
Zanette G. Howe, Marketing and University Communications, Special Events Manager Andrea B. Leifer, Program Coordinator Community Outreach & Global Health Education