Become a Volunteer
Sewing Experience Appreciated, But Not Required!

CONTACT US to let us know you'll be joining us: 

South Hill Location

Lyn McGinnis-coordinator 

  •  Saturday, January 25th         9-11:30am

  • Tuesday, February 4th           9-12pm

  • Saturday, February 22nd       9-11:30am

  • Wednesday, March 4th          9-12pm

  • Saturday, March 21st             9:-11:30am

South Hills Location
Health and Wellness Pavillion, Peters Township
160 Gallery Drive
McMurray, PA   15317

Pittsburgh Location

Kathy Graham-​

  • Tuesday,  January 28th        12-1:00pm

  • Tuesday, February 11th       6-9pm

  • Tuesday, January 25th         12-1pm

  • Tuesday, March 10th            6-9pm

  • Tuesday March 31st             12-1pm

Downtown Pittsburgh Location
The Bank Tower
307 Fourth Avenue
Suite 509
Pittsburgh, PA   15222

Interested in setting up a volunteer day for a group of employees, or a club or organization?  We host Community Action Days at our headquarters in The Bank Tower 307 Fourth Avenue, Suite 509. To set up a mutually agreeable date and time, email us here:


Family & Consumer Science Teachers

Have a classroom of students you'd like to sign up to participate as helping hands?  We'll provide sewing kits and instructions free of charge.  You have your students sew satchels for credit and return to us on completion.  To request kits, email us here:

Helping Hands organizations, committee members and friends meet at various community and committee events to select, cut and assemble sewing kits using coordinating fabrics, cording, trim and buttons donated by local commercial interior design firms.  These kits are then sent to area high schools, colleges, and sewing clubs to be assembled.  When complete, a custom tag reading, “Made especially for you by Satchels of Caring Foundation” is sewn into each Satchel.  

Fabric Dimensions
For volunteers wishing to use their own fabric, the following dimensions should be used to cut the necessary fabric pieces:
Body(1): 24" x 14"
Straps(2): 20" x 4"
Band(1): 8" x 14"

Sewing Instructions
Click the link below for a copy of our sewing instructions. If you have difficulty downloading, you may also request a copy via email by sending a message to:  
These sewing instructions are for anyone sewing satchels- expert and student will find these directions easy to follow.


Knit and Crochet Hat Instructions
Many of our volunteers have been requesting a pattern to knit or crochet hats for chemotherapy patients.  Below are three patterns that we found from Halos of Hope who regularly contribute hats to our satchels.  If you have difficulty downloading, you may also request a copy via email by sending a message to: 




Ribbon Flower Embellishments
Click here for a simple tutorial to make ribbon flower embellishments.  A great project for Girl Scouts or other groups of young students.  If you can sew a button and cut ribbon, you can make one of these!


Contact Us

Satchels of Caring Foundation

Mail Packages or Donations
Satchels of Caring Foundation
307 Fourth Avenue
Suite 509
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Attn:  Kathy Graham


The Satchels of Caring Foundation is a 501C3 charitable organization and is classified by the IRS as a "public charity."