Each year since 2009, Jackie Creager and a dozen or so South Campus colleagues get together over lunch to make Valentine’s Day cards for the Cancer Center’s Bags of Cheer program. Jackie, who is a U-M Information Technology Services business systems analyst, says it is a nice break from her all-day computer job to relax over lunch with her fellow volunteers while turning an array of scrapbook supplies into such a worthwhile project for hospital patients.
“I collect supplies all year from craft stores, and bring in cute pictures of my kids, grandkids, and my flowers. I even use pictures of my dogs,” she says. “Others bring supplies, too, and we all look over each other’s shoulders and enjoy seeing what kinds of designs are developing – that’s part of the fun.”
Jackie says her unit has a history of community service, and over the years they’ve been joined by people in other ITS units. That means this project is also a nice way to make new friends, socialize and have some fun.
“Another benefit is that I definitely feel refreshed and bring a different way of thinking to my computer work after making all the valentines,” she says.
The Valentine’s Day Bags of Cheer project is for adult cancer patients at the Cancer Center and in the hospital. Each receives a bag stuffed with home-made valentines created by volunteers. Patients look forward to this event every year and are inspired by the thoughtfulness of those creating these special cards of cheer.
University employees, school children, families and individuals as far away as Michigan’s Upper Peninsula contribute to this annual event. If you would like to help, you can read more about guidelines, deadlines and where to send your completed valentines here or you can contact Mary McCully, Volunteer & Community Resources Coordinator at phone 734-936-8307; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers from all walks of life come together at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, combining their compassion, skills and talent to make a difference in the lives of our patients. Many of our volunteers have been touched personally by cancer, but that is not a requirement to join our efforts. Anyone with a keen interest in helping is encouraged to volunteer. To create a successful volunteer experience, we work hard to match your skills and interests with the right opportunity. Consider Volunteering!
The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center’s 1,000 doctors, nurses, care givers and researchers are united by one thought: to deliver the highest quality, compassionate care while working to conquer cancer through innovation and collaboration. The center is among the top-ranked national cancer programs, and #1 in Michigan for cancer patient care. Seventeen multidisciplinary clinics offer one-stop access to teams of specialists for personalized treatment plans, part of the ideal patient care experience. Patients also benefit through access to promising new cancer therapies.