Thank you from BAG IT!

We put together this video as a thank you to our many supporters. We couldn’t Fight the Fear without you! Click to watch the video.

How do BAG IT Volunteers make a difference?

Volunteers are a valuable part of any nonprofit and BAG IT is fortunate to have some wonderful individuals who take time out of their busy lives to volunteer and support us on a regular basis.  We appreciate that you share your skills, talents, time and heart for BAG IT!

How do BAG IT Volunteers make a difference?  They . . .

  • Make chemo caps
  • Write thank you notes
  • Help with inventory
  • Serve as Ambassadors in the community
  • Make up our Board of Directors
  • Help with our fundraising events (Take a Hike in Tucson and Be There in Phoenix)
  • Assist with our bookkeeping
  • Take pictures
  • Provide Spanish translations

For some people volunteering is about giving, but for the likes of our volunteers it is a way
of living.

What our volunteers have to say:

“When I was introduced to Bag It, by a co-worker, I was looking for a way to give back. We were relatively new to Tucson and had lost quite a few family members and close friends to all types of cancer. . I feel I get so much more from this Organization than I give. Every year that goes by I meet new people, get to reconnect with old friends, but most importantly, I am surrounded by such a positive, uplifting bunch of people no matter what the Event. This will be my 10th year volunteering with BAG IT and I am honored they let me keep coming back!” – Anne

“I volunteer at BAG IT because I love seeing the smiles on patients when they share how our “BAG ITs” have touched their lives and helped them in this most trying time. So being at a booth and spreading the word on all we do, makes me feel connected to our community and part of something amazing.” – Jacque

“While everyone is so busy these days, it’s important to remember that people are in need and appreciate your help.”  – Stan

Thank you for being a Volunteer!  – Sherri, Joyce, Mindy & Annettra

Shout Out to the Radiology Ltd. Community

What a wonderful show of support from the Radiology Ltd. community in Tucson.

I attended my first BAG IT event on Friday, July 28, at the Radiology Ltd. located at Carondelet. They held two Bake Sales/Root Beer Float fundraisers in July with 100% of the collected proceeds going directly to BAG IT.  What could be better than root beer floats on a hot Tucson day!

I was very impressed with Guest Services Representative Nadia Jimenez.  She enthusiastically coordinated more than 10 coworkers to donate cash, baked or bought goodies and Pepsi Co. to donate the rootbeer to ensure that more dollars could benefit BAG IT!  Together with Professional Relations Representative Laura De La Torre, they invited staff and patients to stop by to choose an afternoon goodie or take them up on their offer of a root beer float made to order, dropping in a donation to help support BAG IT!

Our information table was visited by many people that stopped to learn more about how BAG IT helps newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families Fight The Fear of cancer.  Several who had received a bag from their doctor shared how helpful it was to them personally.

What a fun and easy way for an office group to support BAG IT and expose others to BAG IT and the great work we do!  Thank you to Radiology Ltd. for their ongoing support of BAG IT.  We appreciate you! And thanks to BAG IT volunteer Natalie Ireland for helping to make the event a success.

If you are interested in holding an event to support BAG IT please contact our Volunteer & Event Coordinator, Lisa, at lisa@bagit4u.org to set something up today.  Every little bit helps us continue to provide the BAG IT resource bag at no charge to patients to help Educate, Support & Empower them on a difficult journey.

Announcing BAG IT’s New Executive Director

Effective May 1, 2017 the BAG IT Board of Directors has named Mindy Griffith as the new Executive Director.

Founder Sherri Romanoski will take on the new role of Senior Advisor for the organization. She plans to spend more time with her 5 adorable grandkids, family and friends. “It feels right for my path to take a new direction. I remain passionate about our mission and will continue to support BAG IT in this new role going forward,” said Sherri.

“The Board, the staff, and myself – are extremely supportive of Mindy Griffith as our new Executive Director,” said Sherri. “Mindy has been the Volunteer & Event Coordinator with BAG IT for over a year and has proven her dedication to our mission along with strong leadership skills. She developed our Ambassador program, expanded our Volunteer base, conducted major fundraising events, and assisted in a variety of other capacities.” Mindy’s training and experience as a teacher, school administrator, program coordinator and non-profit board member provide her with the skills, knowledge, and passion to move BAG IT forward.

Mindy has a Master’s Degree in Education from Ohio University and has been engaged in key leadership roles in other Tucson non-profits. We welcome her with open arms as she helps guide BAG IT in Educating, Supporting & Empowering individuals to Fight the Fear!