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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

Fall Term 2008

Habitat for Humanity started off our October. Students dedicated their Saturday morning to help build houses in Palmetto County.

The International Day of Service reached Eckerd Alumni around the world. October 18th was an international service day. Eckerd Alumni around the world participated in this event dedicated to service. Current students and local alumni worked side by side at a Vietnamese Buddhist Temple, a local Romanian Congregation, the Florida Center for Survivors of Torture, and Beth-El Farm Worker Mission.

Our Social Justice Dinner featuring the League of Women Voters was an amazing assembly of students discussing the importance of voting as well as the issues in the upcoming election.

Alcohol Awareness week in collaboration with the Consumption Challenge had students match the amount of money they spend on vices in a week and donate that to a local rehab center and a secondary school in Africa. Students and faculty rose close to $200 for the cause.

This year marked the fifth anniversary of our Alternative Fall Break Trips. Two groups of students spent their break working and serving others. One group went to Immokalee, Florida to work with migrant farm workers and to learn more about the issues that they face on a daily basis. The other group went to Koinonia Partners, an organic pecan farm in Georgia. These students harvested and cleaned the orchards while getting a glimpse into a simple, sustainable lifestyle.

November has started off with students helping to preserve Eckerd's natural beauty. In an effort to restore the campus, students spent the day planting trees and native species.

Stayed tuned to find out what November and December brings around...

Fall Update

September has been a busy first month of the Fall Semester. We kicked it off the semester with a CPS event featuring Dr. Robert Gamble. The event, Street Kids and Social Orphans in Odessa, Ukraine, focused on Dr. Gamble's attempt to get children off the street and into shelters.

We have had several service events. A group of students went to the Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy (SMART) to help with their work day. The students pulled weeds, cleared the entrance, cleaned the storage rooms, and spent their Saturday working to get this farm in shape for their students. Another group of students traveled to Sweetwater Organic Farm. Here the student helped clear plots for planting.

The Service-Learning Office also hosted a showing of Easy Street, a documentary on the everyday lives of the homeless in St. Petersburg.

This September also began our first monthly discussion known as the Social Justice Dinner. Every month we will be discussing a pertinent issue over dinner. This is an open event to all and a safe place for dialogue. This event focused on issues of race and racism and its affect on the community. We were pleased to have the NAACP come and share their wisdom.

Knox House Update

The Knox Service House has also been active. They started out the semester tutoring children at the Asian Neighborhood Family Center, worked the AIDS Walk and raised $465. They have continued their service work on the Fall Service Trip to Miami where they built hope and homes with Habitat for Humanity.

View Photos from Miami - Knox Service Dorm residents take a Fall Service Trip to Miami to work with Habitat for Humanity

AIDS Walk 2008

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.