September 01, 2017, BY Lauren Whelan '18

2017 Community Service Fair
Students attending the Community Service Fair learned about ways to give back through service with on- and off-campus groups. Photo by Reid Sanchez '18

Nearly 150 Bucknell students seeking volunteer opportunities attended the University’s annual Community Service Fair, held Aug. 30 in the Terrace Room of the Elaine Langone Center.

Presented by the Office of Civic Engagement, the fair served as a forum on campus for multiple philanthropic organizations looking for student involvement. With participating groups ranging from Girls on the Run to Mostly Mutts and the Lewisburg Community Garden, the fair addressed a variety of interests to engage students with diverse passions for service.

Many students who attend the fair incorporate their service into class projects. Their time giving back to the community becomes integrated into their schoolwork, adding a philanthropic element to academic experiences through classes such as Management 101. In addition to these class-related service opportunities, many organizations also provide a way for students to get involved regularly as a weekly volunteer, or as an assistant for ongoing research.

“Attending the fair shows our students that there are great ways to be involved and have a positive impact with the local community beyond the campus,” said Lynn Pierson, assistant director for community service.

Lauren Whelan ’18, who majors in markets, innovation & design, is an Undergraduate Executive Intern in the Division of Communications.