Quick Contact

Ronald Porter
Director of Service-Learning

Eckerd College
Office of Service-Learning
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711


toll-free: 800-456-9009
local: 727-864-7512


Service Learning

The Benefits of Doing Service

For Individuals

  • Have fun!
  • Make lifelong friendships
  • Learn more about yourself
  • Build valuable leadership skills
  • Gain marketable “real life” experience
  • Think about the important things in life
  • Explore career/major options
  • Get connected to the community

For Student Groups

  • Learn teambuilding skills
  • Become more active
  • Increase membership
  • Enhance overall morale
  • Find a new sense of purpose
  • Gain public recognition

For Eckerd Classes

  • Learn through hands-on work in a community service environment
  • Make meaning of academic theory and retain more relevant information
  • Learn about the complexities of social injustices and systematic problems
  • Learn about the importance of civic responsibility and active citizenship
  • Consider the role of faith in service
  • Be more engaged in the course

Calls for Participation

Academy Prep

Volunteer with Academy Prep

Academy Prep is a unique private middle school program serving 5th through 8th grade students in a low-income area. Students must qualify for need-based scholarships to attend and must have a desire to succeed in a rigorous academic environment. Academy Prep works with students to prepare them for higher education, maintaining relationships with graduates through high school, college, and into their adult lives.

YMCA Reads

Volunteer Mentors Needed

YMCA Reads! is an after-school reading assistance and mentoring program providing opportunities for at-risk and low-income children in kindergarten through third grade to develop the reading skills they need to succeed in school.

Community Action Stops Abuse

Community Action Stops Abuse

It takes a whole community to stop domestic violence. CASA's vision is a community without domestic violence so that home is a safe place.

Edible Peach Patch Project

The Edible Peace Patch Project

The Edible Peace Patch Project is a not for profit organization whose mission is to eliminate poverty as a factor in educational success and diet-related health issues.

Tampa Bay Estuary Program

Tampa Bay Estuary Program

The mission of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program is to build partnerships to restore and protect Tampa Bay through implementation of a scientifically sound, community-based management plan.