Classes have started, the quarterback carousel is turning, and canning weekends are here. Ah, yes, fall is upon us.
As a former THON chair, I know that canning is great way to meet new friends and raise money for the cause that we all love and adore. In preparation for this weekend, here are a few tips for both veterans and first-timers:
- Prepare for inclement weather – Four canning weekends span late September to mid-February this year. This weekend’s forecast in the area looks so-so.
- Bring a pillow – If you know the place you’ll be canning at is hosting 10+ people, this is a smart move.
- Wear Penn State apparel – This should be an obvious one. Hats, scarves, hoodies, knee socks, and jerseys are all good ideas.
- Pay the driver – Drivers are crucial to successful canning weekends. Depending on the distance on the trip, hook your driver up with some gas money.
- Be friendly - People are much more likely to donate if you greet them on their way by.
- Smile! – There are thousands of people out there that really appreciate your canning efforts!
- Drop out at the last minute – Having had to organize canning trips myself, there is nothing more frustrating than someone who drops out Friday morning. THON Chairs work hard to put these weekends together and a late dropout can be a huge wrench in the works.
- Run out in the middle of the street – Let’s get everyone home safely this weekend.
- Be upset if people don’t donate – Many people donate to THON and many people don’t. There’s no need to get frustrated if people don’t chip in.
- Get in arguments with canners from other orgs – This happens rather frequently. Solve these dilemmas peacefully—there’s no reason to be aggressive. Best way to solve this is getting to your canning location early.