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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

10-11 Annual Report

Service-Learning was an active part of campus life this past academic year. Total service hours maintained a high level of participation at 72,523 total hours for 2010-2011. That's an average of 40 hours donated per student this past academic year. Other highlights include:

  • The amount of fundraising maintained a high level this past year with our students giving and organizing fundraisers to the amount of $30,474. A portion of this was our community responding to the spring earthquake in Japan but also that students participating in spring break service projects and service during winter terms demonstrated an increased sense that they should also contribute financially to the agencies they serve. There is an increasing interest among our students to give to those in need.
  • Spring break programs increased in participant numbers and we expanded to new locations for service. We had projects in South America, Europe, Central America, the Caribbean, the US and Florida—18 projects in all.
  • There was an increase in co-curricular educational events and reflections on service. Service-Learning hosted numerous "Justice Dinners" where groups of students would enjoy a simple homemade meal (usually a vat of chili or rice & beans) and then have a discussion about service and social justice issues. These events were quite popular.

Service remains an important part of the Eckerd experience and should only improve with the implementation of our college-wide Quality Enhancement Plan which focuses on reflective service-learning.

2010-2011 Service Learning Annual Report 
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10-11 Annual Report

Reflective Service-Learning Portfolio

Triton Track

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.