Help advance our cause: Volunteer with us
Join us to spread the "Bite Me Cancer" attitude! You can make a positive impact for teenagers battling all cancers and also help us directly expand research opportunities for thyroid cancer treatments.
Help us tell our story! The Communications team raises awareness of our events and initiatives. Specific activities within this committee include website updates, social media plans and posts, press releases, branding, messaging, graphic designs for brochures/posters/flyers, distribution of news to the public, and support materials for events. Volunteers may also attend 3rd party events or cancer-related conferences to promote Bite Me Cancer.
This committee plans and facilitates events and activities for Bite Me Cancer, including our annual sponsorship program, grant funding, 3rd party events and our own events such as games at Nationals park and our virtual 5K event. Specific skills for this committee include event operations for planning and/or onsite, business development skills to obtain new sponsors and 3rd party partners, grant funding knowledge, and establishing new sources of funding.
This team oversees the activities related to supporting teenagers battling cancer. The Teen Support Bags program is the largest part of the committee’s work which includes assembling the Teen Support Bags, coordinating volunteer groups needed for the bag stuffing events, managing the inventory of the bag items, reaching out to hospitals to maintain relationships, and finding new hospital partners.
This team also provided dinner to the INOVA Children’s Pediatric/Oncology Unit once a month before Covid. This group occasionally attends third-party events that are focused on teens/pediatric cancer topics/activities.
Our annual wine dinner (titled "It's In the Bag!") is our biggest fundraiser event of the year. This committee entails approximately a 6-month commitment that focuses on all of the planning for our annual wine dinner. There are a variety of roles and activities available for volunteers to help including: logistics for setting up what’s needed with the venue, registration database/ticket work, coordination of the silent auction, marketing/graphics, social media/PR ideas, budgeting, etc. During the 6-month period, a conference call once a month is set up with the team. Participation is also available for our meal tasting, cake tasting, and wine tasting events.
Finance and Operations
This committee ensures Bite Me Cancer is running in a fiduciary, legal and operationally-sound manner. The annual budget and monthly updates are the Finance and Operation team’s main responsibilities. Also, anything related to legal topics, banking/investments, office management/communications, copyright issues, bylaws, and some strategic subjects are managed through this committee.
Board of Directors
Our board of directors is a very dedicated and passionate group of individuals who make a 1-year commitment that can be renewed each year by the Ferraro family and the board member. The board of directors is responsible for the strategic and financial direction of the foundation. Each board member also participates on a committee. We are open to new board members and can even “train” someone who has not been on a board before. What is important is that each board member makes a commitment to help Bite Me Cancer especially because we are an all-volunteer organization. The board meets monthly currently via conference call (in person during "normal times" with a virtual option) to discuss the latest matters pertaining to Bite Me Cancer.