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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
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Service Learning

Fall Term 2010

Fall Term 2010

Catapulting off a highly successful Autumn Term, where a whopping 310 freshmen rushed Into the Streets, Service Learning has been a mess of activity this fall!
The first Justice Dinner invited students to challenge common conventions and preconceived notions of power and justice as they revisited an old favorite, "The Emperor's New Clothes". The second Justice Dinner took a saucier turn, as the CIW (Coalition of Immokalee Workers) came up to dine and discuss. Together, students and CIW representatives, discussed the injustices witnessed in the migrant farm worker population of South Florida, the nation's largest provider of tomatoes. The third gathering will provoke thought and debate over LGBT treatment and rights.

Fall Term 2010

Weekends were punctuated with various service trips. On September 11, a group volunteered at a local Mosque, to show solidarity against a tide of religious ignorance. A group traveled south to Sarasota to SMART (Sarasota Manatee Association of Riding Therapy), aiding general upkeep of the facilities. Some other students shared a Saturday morning with New College volunteers at Terra Ceia Preserve, participating in Manatee County's Costal Clean Up Day. Those volunteers desiring more a black tie feel, gathered to assist PARC (Pinellas Association of Retarded Children) with their black tie gala. They greeted guests and facilitated the silent auction.

Fall Term 2010

On October 23, 2010 a group of 15 environmentally crazed students set out to conquer a 'River of Grass', thus began the Fall Break Service Trip to the Everglades National Park, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States! Here, these fearless students braved hot days and sleepless, buggy nights with no more than a tent wall to keep them protected. Never the less, service prevailed and two southern trails where restored and cleared (Eco Pond and Rowdy Bend).

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.