About Us


     The Satchels of Caring Foundation has been committed to supporting those with cancer in the Western Pennsylvania region and beyond since the organization initiated its program in 2003. We use high quality donated fabrics to create unique Satchels of Caring that are filled with therapeutic and inspirational contents, such as a soft hand-knit cap, specially designed scarf, support literature, a journal donated by volunteers and friends, and other items.   To date we have distributed over 14,000 Satchels!

(*The photo to the left features our South Hills Group, a very busy group of volunteers! Lyn McGinnis, second from right, is a member of our Board of Directors.)

Get to Know Us Better

What's in a Satchel of Caring?

  • Scarf with tying Instructions from Anokhi USA

  • Support literature

  • Prescription drug assistance brochure

  • Hand/body creams and lip balm

  • Inspirational Literature and Bookmark

  • Tissue packet 

  • Custom designed note cards 

  • Journal hand-embellished by volunteers

  • Bookmark highlighting "Writing Down Your Soul" by Janet Conner; click here: http://janetconner.com/books for more information on Janet and her program.

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Meet Our Board of Directors

Heather Knuth
Integrity Design, LLC

Eileen Iorio

Lisa McQuade 

Georgine Golitko
Vice President, Community Outreach


Kathy Graham
Vice President, Production

Lyn McGinnis
GM Properties, Inc.
Operations Director, South Hills

Phyllis DeRienzo
Communications Director

Our Distribution Partners


AHN Cancer Institute - Robinson

AHN Cancer Institute at Robinson

AHN Cancer Institute at Jefferson Hospital

AHN Forbes Hospital-Monroeville

AHN Health & Wellness Pavilion in Peters Township

AHN McMurray - Oncology

AHN McMurray - Radiology

AHN Pittsburgh (North Side)

AHN West Penn Hospital

American Cancer Society

Butler Health System Radiation Department

Cancer Caring Center

Chaffin Luhana Foundation - Mothers on the Move 

Creative Hair Solutions

Fulton County Medical Center

Jefferson Hospital Wig Salon

Our Clubhouse Pittsburgh

Our Clubhouse Westmoreland County

St. Clair Hospital

UPMC Beaver Dutch Hollow

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

UPMC Magee Hospital 

UPMC Moon Township

UPMC Passavant Hospital

UPMC Shadyside Hospital

UPMC Womancare Center Hermitage

Washington Hospital

Women's Center - Washington Hospital


 Individuals and Friends

Special Thanks To BNY Mellon

BNY Mellon has been a most benevolent partner in the mission of Satchels. Their employees are some of our committee members and many are very helpful, dependable volunteers. Offering a cooperative program, BNY Mellon encourages their employees to give back to the community with a matching opportunity. For each employee hour volunteered at Satchels, BNY donates an hourly stipend. We are so grateful for their steadfast commitment to Satchels and to our mission of supporting those with cancer. Thanks BNY Mellon!