MC to host nonprofit fair March 9, community invited to attend

 MC to host nonprofit fair March 9, community invited to attend

Feb. 3, 2017

The Maryville College Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) will host its second annual Nonprofit Fair on Thurs., March 9, 2017 in the Alumni Gym. The fair will be open to members of the community from 2-4 p.m. to learn about nonprofit missions, service or volunteer opportunities, and internships or employment opportunities. There is no charge to attend the fair.

Approximately 50 East Tennessee nonprofit organizations are expected to be in attendance, including Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, Alzheimer’s Association of Tennessee, the Emerald Youth Foundation, Keep Blount Beautiful and more.

 “This is an exciting event for our campus and our community,” said Amy Gilliland, director of community engagement at Maryville College. “It allows our students to network and explore career and volunteer opportunities, and it’s a great opportunity for community members to learn about ways to give back. The fair also exposes representatives from nonprofit organizations to more volunteers and provides a great networking opportunity among the nonprofits themselves.”

Nonprofit organizations that would like to register for a table should contact Gilliland at 865.981.8122 or

The event is a fundraiser for the Maryville College Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, which is part of a national alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations that prepares and certifies college students for professional careers in nonprofit management. Proceeds from registration fees will help MC students participate in the national Nonprofit Leadership Alliance annual conference, which offers professional development and networking opportunities for students who want to work for nonprofit organizations. This year, nine Maryville College students attended the annual conference in Denver, Colo. The 2018 conference will be held in Kansas City, Mo.

“I wish there were nonprofit fairs like this when I was in high school,” said MC senior and Maryville College NLA President Emma Everett, who recently completed a 300-hour internship at Family Promise of Blount County. “Volunteering is a great way to gain experience and boost your resume while helping your community.”

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2017 semester is 1,181.