What is Canning?

Canning is THON's biggest and most iconic fundraiser. It s the best way to first get involved in THON and Atlas. We have two canning weekends in the fall semester. After you sign up (with a friend if you would like), you are placed into a canning group and sent to a member's house for the weekend. You spend Saturday and Sunday soliciting donations from customers at storefronts and spend the nights bonding with you group! Tons of Atlas members meet their best friends on these weekends. You don't want to miss out!


It’s not! Ask anyone in Atlas. We love canning! Most of us wear crazy outfits, dance all day to music, and inspire and entertain each other throughout the day with canning stories in GroupMe. When you get home, you all get to count all the money you made!

What are the different ways to get more involved?

Hosting: Host a canning group at your house! Any Atlas member can host; you don’t have to have gone canning before. Check out our hosts guide showing how simple and easy it is.

Driving: We always need members to drive. If you have a car in State College, sign up to drive and you will be guaranteed to be put into a group. Don’t worry; those in your car will pitch in for gas!

What is Canvassing?

Canvassing is another one of THON’s iconic fundraisers. Simply put, it is door-to-door solicitation. You walk around neighborhoods with an Atlas partner (with whom you will bond with over crazy stories of wacky donors), knocking on people’s doors to ask for donations. Unlike canning where there are only two designated weekends, you can go canvassing any weekend! During a canvassing weekend, you arrive Friday night to bond with your group, canvass Saturday, and return to Penn State Saturday night. Just like with canning, you can get involved more by hosting and driving. Don’t miss out on an awesome fundraising weekend with Atlas!

BUT knocking on people's doors seems awkward...

It’s not! While canvassing, you get to sleep in so you don’t knock on people’s door at 7 A.M.Most people are super nice, whether they donate or not. Some donors like to hear more about THON and share their incredible stories with cancer. There’s also always a chance to meet some adorable puppies or be fed some delicious cookies as well.

2016 Canning Weekends

  • September 23-25, 2016 X
  • October 28-30, 2016 X

2016/2017 Canvassing Weekends

  • November 11-12, 2016 X
  • January 20-21, 2017
  • February 3-4, 2017

You can go canvassing anytime though! Go to the Members Events Tab to sign up for the different, non-mega trips!

2015 Canning Instructional Video