Are you and your friends passionate about supporting THON throughout the year? Are you not affiliated with a group that already participates in THON? You can start your own independent organization! There are countless numbers of students on campus who want to get involved. With the right structure and the right motivation, the sky is the limit for what your organization can do! All organizations must be recognized by the university in order to participate in THON.
Here’s what you need to do to set the foundation for a successful and exciting year:
THON isn’t just about the money that we raise. THON is about offering love and support to the children and their families. THON is about bringing a smile to a child’s face, giving them the opportunity to have a normal childhood. THON is about having fun, too! As long as your focus is on having fun, everything else will fall into place!
Successful THON organizations are led by passionate students who take ownership of the many roles required to run an organization. Suggested positions include Executive Chair, Fundraising Chair, Family Relations Chair, and Inspiration Chair.
You can either go to the Student Activities Office, location in 209 HUB, or go to their website, http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/hub/studentorgs/new.shtml, and learn how to create a new organization on campus. All proper paperwork must be filled out before you can register your organization with THON. Please remember that your organization’s name cannot have “THON” in it.
By registering your organization with us, we’ll be able to track your fundraising progress, add you to the THON Chair listserv, and pair you with a THON liaison whose job is to focus on supporting your organization.
Once your leadership team is in place, and you’ve registered as a THON organization, start spreading the word about your new team! Tell your friends and classmates about what you’re doing, and encourage them to join you at your meetings.
So you’re registered with THON and you’ve got members…now what? By meeting with your THON liaisons on the Communications and Donor and Alumni Relations Committee, you’ll learn more about the process of how dancers from new organizations are selected, how to successfully fundraise, how you can work towards “adopting” a family, and so much more.
Do you have more questions about being an Independent Dancer? If so, please e-mail Kelly Tompeck, Overall Communications Chairsperson, at firstname.lastname@example.org!