MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University’s Town & Gown program is partnering with the University’s Nonprofit Leadership Studies program in the College of Education and Human Services to sponsor “Nonprofit Connections” – an opportunity for local nonprofits to gather together in an effort to share information, recruit volunteers and network with faculty, staff, students and local businesses. The event provides an atmosphere for high school and college students to find worthwhile service learning and community service volunteer opportunities.

The free event will be held Tuesday, Feb. 12 in the Curris Center Ballroom beginning at 10 a.m. and will include a light lunch as part of the program for participants and Town & Gown partners.

Nonprofit Connections was launched in 2011 as a collaborative partnership between the Nonprofit Leadership Studies (NLS) program and the Murray State Office of Regional Outreach. Dr. Bob Long, Visiting Distinguished Professor for the NLS program, had suggested the event in order for students to have the opportunity to engage in face-to-face conversations with the broad range of local nonprofit partners in the area, all in one convenient setting. The event, which has the motto of “Volunteer. Intern. Serve. Make a difference!”, continues to grow each year, and provides all Murray State students with a venue in which to explore the vast options to connect with organizations working hard to meet community needs and address pressing issues.

“Our community is very fortunate to have so many nonprofit organizations that positively impact others,” said Carol Brunn, Town and Gown coordinator. “Our hope is that through this event, the efforts of these organizations can be shown to many who attend, extending the idea of service to make a difference in our community and beyond. We’re appreciative of all of our Town & Gown partners, and hope that their participation will allow them to network with local nonprofit organizations in order to form great partnerships and collaborations.”

The mission of the Murray State University Town & Gown Partnership Program is to enhance the quality of living and learning in the community and to foster improved communication between the University and local citizens. The partnership also facilitates the discussion of community concerns, invests in collaborative partnerships and organizes educational events that promote the history, culture and commerce of the region.

Please RSVP to Town and Gown coordinator Carol Brunn by calling 270-809-3023 or by emailing cbrunn@murraystate.edu.

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