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Upstate is honored as Corporate Volunteer of the Year

Upstate is honored as Corporate Volunteer of the Year

SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- When it comes to corporate volunteerism, Upstate is tops.

In recognition of its community outreach efforts, Upstate Medical University was named Corporate Volunteer of the Year by the Corporate Volunteer Council and the United Way of Central New York.

The honor was presented at the annual United Way of Central New York awards showcase, held April 27 at the Palace Theater.

Nicole Standish of the Corporate Volunteer Council (CVC) applauded Upstate’s efforts. “The list of Upstate Medical University’s volunteer efforts in our community is tremendous. If there was a need, the team at Upstate was there to support it.  It would be impossible to measure the impact their generosity has had on our community but we are pleased to recognize their efforts and say thank you for your dedication to the CVC and our community.”

United Way of Central New York President Frank Lazarski also acknowledged Upstate efforts. “I truly believe there is an extra special meaning for an award when it comes from your peers. Being recognized by all the businesses and organizations who make up the CVC is a well-deserved honor for Team Upstate.”

Accepting the award, Upstate President Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, FAAP, acknowledged Upstate’s winning formula.

“This honor reflects the commitment of our more than 9,000 employees and 1,500 students to give back to the community and to help those in need,” Laraque-Arena said.  “As the region’s only academic medical center, serving the community is a hallmark of our mission. We are grateful to our partners in community service, the United Way and the Corporate Volunteer Council, and the dozens of other agencies and organizations who we work with each day to build a better community.”

Upstate was honored for the dozens of community and volunteer services it has provided in the past year, including helping Clear Path for Veterans, the Chittenango-based veterans support group; training resident health advisors for Pioneer Homes residents; mentoring students at Bellevue Elementary School as part of the Matilda Cuomo’s statewide mentoring program; tutoring students through its OASIS senior program; preparing and serving lunches for a local senior nutrition program. For a look at Upstate’s recent community service endeavors, go to:

Upstate helps more than a hundred other agencies through its charitable giving, contributing more than $2.8 million in the past five years through the United Way’s annual campaign and State Employees Federal Appeal.

“Community service is not simply what we do after the workday is over,” said Zanette Howe, Upstate’s assistant director for community engagement and outreach. “Community service is part of our mission. It’s part of our responsibility to the region, and making these efforts successful is the dedicated workforce at Upstate that goes above and beyond every day to help others in need.”

This isn’t the first time Upstate has been recognized for its community service and support of the United Way. Other honors include the Spirit of Caring Award for Campaign Excellence (2012), Leadership Development Award (2011), Volunteer Service Award (2010). Howe, who serves as director for the university’s Community Giving Campaign, received the 2006 Campaign Volunteer of the Year Award.

Caption: Participating in the United Way of Central New York awards presentation at the Palace Theater are, from left, Linda Veit, Zanette Howe, Nancy Prott, President Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, FAAP, Linda Vigliotti-Bane, Margy Bourke and Darryl Geddes. Upstate Medical University was named Corporate Volunteer of the Year.