Nominations sought for Upstate’s ‘Your Cause’ charity for 2018

Team Upstate is inviting the Upstate Medical University community to nominate a Central New York non-profit organization to be its 2018 Your Cause charity.

“The ‘Your Cause’ sponsorship is a way for Team Upstate to connect with one local charitable cause each year,” said Zanette Howe, Team Upstate chair and director of Community Relations and Events at Upstate. “Throughout the year, the Upstate family will learn about the programs and services provided by the organization and of opportunities to take part in that organization through fundraising events, volunteer experience or other community outreach activities.”

Howe adds that the selected organization is also eligible to receive up to $5,000 in support during its year of Team Upstate sponsorship.

The person who nominates the selected organization will serve as the liaison between the organization and Upstate, creating ways for the Upstate community to learn more about, and to become involved with the organization

Clear Path for Veterans  was selected as the first Your Cause agency in 2016. Clear Path for Veterans aides veterans and their families through various programs and services. In 2017, Team Upstate selected On Point for College for helping low-income traditional and non-traditional students overcome the barriers to higher education.

“We are excited to partner with a new agency in the coming year and look forward to nominations from our colleagues,” said Howe. “Our Your Cause sponsorship program promotes Upstate’s spirit of volunteerism while rewarding a deserving agency with promotional and financial support.”

Team Upstate promotes public awareness of Upstate’s contributions to the community and encourages volunteer participation among students, staff, faculty and retirees. It sponsors activities and events annually that promote quality of life and support Upstate’s mission, vision and values.

Applications for the 2018 Your Cause program must be submitted by Nov. 30. The winning organization will be announced by Team Upstate in December.

More information on Your Cause, including the sponsorship application is available at Team Upstate: Your Cause. Completed applications should be emailed to Nancy Prott, prottn@upstate.edu.

Caption: On Point for College was selected as the 2017 Your Cause agency. Photographed are representatives and Team Upstate members who gathered with Upstate Medical University President Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, FAAP, center, after the agency’s selection. From left are Zanette Howe, Team Upstate chair and director of Community Relations and Events; Dakir Thompson, a LeMoyne College student who was supported by On Point for College; Laraque-Arena; Samuel Rowser, executive director of On Point for College; and Rhonda Butler of Volunteer Services, who nominated On Point for College for the Your Cause sponsorship.

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