Learning to Serve

MSU's Nonprofit Connections Event

The Nonprofit Connections Event (NCE) is held each fall and spring semester as a way to bring leaders from area nonprofits to the MSU campus. The spring 2018 NCE will take place on Tuesday, February 6, from 10 am – 2 pm. It’s an event spotlighting close to 50 regional charities and non–profits.

It’s being held in the Large Ballroom of the Curris Center on Murray State University’s campus. This is a great place for students and community members to talk with nonprofit leaders about their needs, jobs and volunteer opportunities. The event also serves as a place for professional networking where anyone can share ideas, concerns, and questions related to issues affecting our communities.

According to recent data released from the Kentucky Nonprofit Network - the state association of nonprofits - there are 1,842 nonprofit organizations in west Kentucky and just over 19,000 total in the state. One in 11 Kentuckians works for a nonprofit - that's 9.1% of the state's workforce. Nonprofits in Kentucky bring in a total of 427.3 billion, that's a "B" not an "M," in annual revenues.

Kelly Rogers is an associate professor with the outdoor recreation track of Murray State University's Nonprofit Leadership Studies program. “We are excited to host the event each semester,” said Rogers. “It provides an opportunity for our students to meet with organization leaders. Murray State offers both undergraduate as well as graduate degrees in Nonprofit Leadership Studies.”

Students in the Nonprofit Leadership Studies classes used to travel to the individual agencies and organizations in groups. Organizers decided it would be a better use of valuable time for everyone involved if all the participating non-profits were all in one place for the students to network with. Now the event has grown exponentially and is open both campus and region-wide.

Many different types or non-profits are represented and they cover a wide variety of issues such as homelessness, food insecurity, wellness and disaster preparedness. Some agencies work with children, seniors, and those with disabilities. Other centers are concerned with social issues such as sexual assault, foster care, and victims’ rights. There are also arts and educational organizations, those concerned with environmental causes, animal rescue facilities, and religious ministries. As well as regional organizations such as the United Way, attendees can speak to MSU’s Nonprofit Leadership Studies Program, their Service Learning Office, and the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service.

For more information about this event, or if you are a non-profit who would like to attend, please contact Kelly Rogers at krogers2@murraystate.edu or Robin Esau at resau@murraystate.edu.

Service learning for students

Students from any major can apply to be a Service Learning Scholar. These courses give those in any profession tools to work effectively with and/or for non-profits.

Service Learning (SL) uses experiential learning techniques to combine community service with learning objectives in a course. Through SL students perform meaningful service to the community while engaging in a study that is related to that service. 

Full List of Non-Profits who have already signed up:

  • Murray State University Nonprofit Leadership Studies Program,
  • Murray-Calloway County United Way,
  • MSU Service Learning Office,
  • MSU Quality Enhancement Plan Office of Experiential Learning
  • Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service.
  • Racers Helping Racers
  • Marcella’s Kitchen
  • Needline
  • Soup for the Soul
  • MSU Meal Bank
  • Purchase Area Sexual Assault Center
  • Cassidy’s Cause
  • New Pathways For Children
  • West Kentucky Mentoring
  • CASA by the Lakes
  • Easter Seals of West KY
  • Calloway County 4H
  • American Red Cross
  • Murray-Calloway County Humane Society
  • Lifehouse
  • Hope Unlimited
  • Murray-Calloway County Hospital
  • Murray/Calloway County Hospice
  • Lighten Up Calloway and CC-ASAP
  • Mayfield YMCA
  • Murray Christian Fellowship
  • Journey Church
  • Baptist Campus Ministries
  • MCC Senior Citizen Center
  • Playhouse in the Park
  • Murray Art Guild
  • Special Olympics
  • MSU Conversation Partners
  • The Nature Conservancy - Shelly Morris
  • Friends of the Clarks River Wildlife Refuge
  • Friends of Lake Barkley State Resort Park
  • Student Conservation Association
  • Boy Scouting