fundraising.safety
Carol Melo
she/her

Rules & Regulations
Fundraising Safety Director

4th Year Student
Hometown: East Stroudsburg, PA
Major: Economics

Previous THON Involvement

THON 2020: Rules & Regulations Committee Member
THON 2021: Rules and Regulations Fundraising Safety Captain (Fundraising Development)

Why did you want to become a member of the THON 2022 Executive Committee?

I have gone through my life giving all I can to others. When I first encountered Penn State THON, it was my freshmen year of high school. My school participated in mini-THON and through it, I was able to learn, take initiative, and make an impact. The magic inside the Bryce Jordan Center never seized to amaze me. I want to be a facilitator for anyone inside the THON Community and help them find their voice. The countless effort and unity of the Penn State community inspired me to continue to dedicate my time.

What are your main responsibilities for THON 2022?

As the Fundraising Safety Director, I am responsible for the administration of the THON 2022 Rulebook to ensure the safety of our volunteers and the integrity of all our practices. I serve as the liaison between several different focus groups and my own Committee, and I work alongside all of my Co-Directors in ensuring that we serve as the best resources possible for our fundraising Organizations. I also oversee a team of Captains who are responsible for the administration of our online fundraising website, DonorDrive, communicating with and aiding all of our student Organizations in their fundraising, and monitoring all of our fundraising practices for safety and effectiveness. During THON Weekend, myself, my Captains, and our Committee Members work alongside the Event Safety Committee to ensure the safety of all THON Weekend attendees. 

What is your favorite THON memory?

I have always loved how the THON Community comes together year after year regardless of the circumstances. One of my best moments was during THON Weekend when I was a Committee Member, we were working security on the floor during Final Four and being able to see dancers, families, and spectators in the BJC sharing tears and smiles while listening to all the family stories. I especially loved seeing some of the families on the floor hold on tight to their kids, cherishing them and celebrating every single child.

What are you most looking forward to for THON 2022?

I am looking forward to seeing how resilient the THON a community is. We have just come from a different year with many obstacles and while we don’t know what bumps this year will have. I know the THON community will always show up. I can’t wait for all of those to do everything we can for the families, For The Kids®, for a dance in celebration.

What is your favorite quote?

“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it.” —Wilferd Peterson

What are you involved in outside of THON?

Undergraduate Net Impact, ALPFA

What are your plans after graduating from Penn State?

I plan to work in the corporate world for a financial firm, and then eventually work for a non-profit.