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Upstate Medical University receives award from the Corporate Volunteer Council

Upstate Medical University receives award from the Corporate Volunteer Council

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Upstate Medical University has been honored by the Corporate Volunteer Council (CVC) for its “extraordinary support in furthering CVC’s mission.” This is the first year the CVC has recognized a member institution for its commitment to the organization.

CVC of Central New York is an organization in which companies and businesses join together for the common good. By participating with the CVC, businesses help promote workplace volunteering, provide valuable opportunities for professional development, and opportunities to have a greater effect on social issues by forming community partnerships, and more.

“I'm proud that Upstate Medical University is the recipient of this special recognition from the Corporate Volunteer Council,” said Zanette Howe, Upstate’s assistant director for community relations and one of the original members that helped bring back CVC. “As a member of the CVC, we join with other businesses to raise awareness of social problems, share ideas and strive to make a difference in our community. I'm proud that Upstate’s president, Dr. David R. Smith recognizes the importance of corporate social responsibility and that he has encouraged our employees and students to make a positive difference in the community where we live and work.”

Upstate was one of a handful of companies that revived the CVC nearly 10 years ago, by supporting CVC initiatives and assisting with the development of marketing materials.

“We’re pleased to present this inaugural award to Upstate Medical University,” said Tamara Kiesa, the president of CVC. “The 2013 CVC Corporate Volunteer Award honors Upstate’s outstanding commitment to the organization. Upstate continues to promote the mission of the CVC by demonstrating leadership in improving our community through active participation in volunteerism.”

CVC member institutions have been involved in a number of outreach efforts, including the Dictionary Project, that donates and distributes more than 2,000 dictionaries third graders in 22 different Syracuse schools, and the Samaritan Center, where CVC members have prepared and served hot meals to the hungry.