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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

Lucas Seipp-Williams '03

Sociology major

Lucas Seipp-Williams 

Eckerd College has heart. EC was a perfect fit for me, as a young idealist needing support and direction for my passion to make a difference in the world.

Some of my fondest memories of Eckerd were from the "club scene." I'm not talking about Ybor city in Tampa! I'm talking about the many school-funded service clubs that provided enriching and fun opportunities for me, like refereeing Special Olympics competitions (Circle K) and protecting wildlife through beach cleanups (Earth Society).

My most memorable spring break trips were building houses in North Carolina with Habitat for Humanity and picking tomatoes with the immigrant workers of Immokalee. Many schools would shy away from such controversial issues at immigrant workers' rights. Eckerd College supported our involvement and was keenly interested in furthering the public dialogue.

Arriving at Eckerd, I had no plans to study abroad. By my sophomore year I was speaking foreign languages and planning one international trip after another. In Costa Rica, I supported an environmental studies and sustainable living program at an elementary school. In Thailand I studied and supported movements for people's rights around issues of rapid development.

I earned a degree at Eckerd, but the greatest return on my investment was the support and guidance I received to follow my heart and to powerfully act on my desire to make a difference in the world.

Now, 5 years after my graduation from EC, I am the Baltimore Health Coach. I make a living supporting inspired, purposeful people to take great care of themselves, so that they can make their biggest positive impact in the world possible.

I love my work! I get paid to study and practice the keys to wellness, success and fulfillment. After some years in business, I am clear that there is no greater currency than inspired, genuine service. Despite the down economy, there is no shortage of resources to support work based in this intention.

Everywhere I go, I look for ways to be of service.

For instance, I lead surfing and wellness retreats in Costa Rica. In 2010, a group of fellow health coaches and I will run the first annual retreat fundraiser to end the unnecessary destruction of the arboreal wildlife of Costa Rica. We are starting by causing the insulation of power lines that are electrocuting monkeys as they attempt to cross roads through the trees. Learn more at www.nosarawildlife.com

I also have the pleasure of supporting a residential recovery program for veterans called The Baltimore Station. In June of 2009, I helped a board member organize a Spa Day fundraiser that mobilized the wellness community in Baltimore to offer their services to raise money for the cause.

And every Friday, I support the men to incorporate best practices in the areas of holistic health, nutrition, cooking and meditation. In our 9-week comprehensive wellness program, one week is dedicated to the energizing and healing effects of service. The men choose large and small ways to give of themselves throughout the week. Despite being financially poor and physically compromised, the men always come up with ways to make a difference.

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.

Notes from the Field

Servant Leaders blog
Service-Learning Interns blog
The service-learning student interns are increasing service involvement at Eckerd, becoming successful service leaders and helping students create a community around the values and challenges of servant-leadership.

Service Learning Profiles

Alumni Profiles

Read individual profiles of how involvement with Eckerd Service-Learning changed the lives of current students and alumni.  Learn more.