MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University students will have the opportunity to meet with nonprofit leaders in the community during the Nonprofit Connections fair Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Curris Center Ballroom.

Nonprofit Connections takes place twice per year and brings together representatives from regional organizations to discuss with students the needs and issues that drive their work. Representatives also provide information about how students can explore volunteer opportunities as well as internship and job availabilities in the nonprofit sector. The event is open to students of all majors who wish to attend.

“I encourage anyone who has a desire to impact the world in a positive way — whether it’s working with people, helping animals or preserving our natural environment — to look at a career in the nonprofit sector,” said Dr. Kelly Rogers, co-organizer of the fair and associate professor. “If you can dream it, there’s a nonprofit out there doing the work right now and looking for like-minded people.”

The bi-annual event is hosted by the nonprofit leadership studies program in the Department of Community Leadership and Human Services. It is organized under the leadership of Rogers and Robin Esau, both faculty members in the nonprofit leadership studies program.

Nearly 50 nonprofit organizations will be in attendance at the fall 2018 fair, including Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, American Red Cross, Purchase Area Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center, Playhouse in the Park and more. Issues being addressed range from homelessness and food insecurity to wellness and environmental concerns.

In addition to offering networking opportunities for students looking to pursue careers in the field, the fair allows individuals involved with residential colleges, Greek Life, sports teams and various student organizations to meet with community leaders and advocates to learn how their organizations can give back in positive ways.

“We are very fortunate to have a thriving nonprofit community in Murray and western Kentucky,” Rogers said. “To have so many nonprofit leaders in one room sharing their visions for positive change and community development? Well, you just have to be there to experience the energy.”

The Department of Community Leadership and Human Services is housed in the College of Education and Human Services at Murray State. The nonprofit leadership studies program within the department aims to provide students with opportunities to gain skills in program development, marketing, managing and fundraising through a variety of practical and hands-on learning experiences. Students also improve their cultural competencies and gain a broader understanding of volunteer and human resource management responsibilities in the nonprofit sector.

Visit murraystate.edu/nls for more information about the upcoming Nonprofit Connections fair or the nonprofit leadership studies program. Schools wishing to bring students to the event and other community members looking to get involved may contact Rogers at krogers2@murraystate.edu or Esau at resau@murraystate.edu.

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