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

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.

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.