Bucknell values participation in community affairs and seeks to cultivate civic responsibility. Academically based service-learning and co-curricular community service, or volunteering, are integral parts of the educational experience for faculty and students. They find it's a way to make a difference in the community, learn important lessons, and explore community issues that are important to them. Not only does civic engagement help others, it helps students develop leadership skills as educated citizens and make connections between classroom learning and real-world experience. Students interested in nonprofit work can also explore career options.