THON’s Over – Now What?

Photo by Rob Peeler

Earlier this month, Penn Staters raised $10,621,683.76 For The Kids. After the countless hours of work and fundraising, students showed that they love to give back and serve those in need. With about a year until THON weekend 2020, there are plenty of other charitable organizations on campus that thrive off of the efforts of Penn State students.

Family Service Club

If you’re inspired to continue fundraising for children at the Hershey Medical Center, consider the Family Service Club. This student group raises money for the Hershey Ronald McDonald House. If this sounds like a fit for you, email about joining!

Music Service Club

Did you watch Andy Grammar’s THON performance and think, “I could do that!”? Use your musical talents to give back and join the Music Service Club. Students in this club travel State College to share music with locations like nursing homes. You don’t have to be the next Beyoncé to join  just have a love of music and check it out here!

Lions Against Hunger

Lions Against Hunger is a club here that provides relief for hungry State College families through year-round fundraising and volunteering. They also do important work raising awareness of the hunger and poverty in our own community. If this sounds like the right place for you, send an email to

Digi Digits

If you’re more comfortable in the lab than the BJC, check out Digi Digits. This student organization designs and produces 3D printed prosthetic-like training devices for children with disabilities. After giving away the device, the students of Digi Digits stay in touch with the recipient, offering any necessary adjustments or advice. To join this incredible group, check out their website.


Bloom is a Penn State club with both local and global focuses. To make a difference here in State College, they fundraise for the Centre County Women’s Shelter. To make a change that reaches outside Centre County, they raise money to make menstrual kits for women around the world. To lend this club a hand, email

Sideline Cancer

Sideline Cancer has been at Penn State for less than a year, but it’s already done great work on campus. The group raises money and awareness for pancreatic cancer. If this group’s mission inspires you, send an email to about joining.

THON is the biggest way Penn State gives back, but it’s far from the only. Now that a successful THON weekend has passed, there are still plenty of opportunities for service on campus. Check out any of the amazing organizations listed, or do some exploring here to see what Penn State has to offer.

How do you give back on campus? Let VALLEY know in the comments!


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