Quick Contact

Ronald Porter
Acting 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

Matt Flege '06

Global Development Studies major

Matt Flege 

So I couldn't help but notice during my first week of Autumn Term at Into the Streets that it was like a Beach Boys song I once heard... "Two girls for every boy." Inspired by these high odds I embarked on a path of service throughout my next few years at Eckerd College...

Seriously, though, Service Learning was a big part of my experience and the source of many of my most memorable lessons and experiences. I was active in Eckerd College Homeless Outreach, Spring Break Service Trips, and some of my friends and I founded the Coalition for Community Justice. These experiences were the basis of some of my greatest friendships at Eckerd.

After graduating from Eckerd, I joined the Peace Corps. I served in Jamaica, where I worked for Food for the Poor, and international Christian aid organization. My work included facilitating the construction of houses, distributing food aid to nonprofit and community organizations, and running a small adult education center. For any of you soon-to-be Eckerd grads thinking about the Peace Corps, give me a shout!

My wife Heidi (also an Eckerd grad!) and I recently returned to my hometown of Cincinnati, OH. I currently work for St. Vincent de Paul as the Social Services Team Leader.

Reflective Service-Learning Portfolio

Triton Track

Current Calls to Action

Edible Peace Patch Project
Looking for something fun to do this summer? The Muscular Dystrophy Association is looking for volunteers for their summer camps! The camps will take place in Brandon, FL, June 21-27, and in Apopka, FL, July 12-18.
Interested? Contact Paula Orandash for more info at (727) 577-1700.
AIDS Walk Tampa Bay 2014
What are you and your friends doing to change the course of HIV in the Tampa Bay Region? By walking, donating or volunteering this year, you will help to provide much needed resouces to the AIDS Service Association of Pinellas (ASAP).
The 12th annual AIDS Walk Tampa Bay will be held at Vinoy Park in Downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday, September 6th. Registration starts at 8 a.m., and the walk starts at 10 a.m.

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.