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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

Into the Streets: 06

Into the Streets

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Autumn Term 2006 proved to be an exciting one, as the Office of Service-Learning hosted two successful events aimed at exciting students about getting involved in their new community. The first was Get Out and Get Active, an informational session that introduced new students to available volunteer opportunities at Eckerd. The session was well-attended and featured an appearance by Mahatma Gandhi, a firm believer in the benefits and necessity of service. The second, Into the Streets, is an Eckerd tradition that combines a day of service with education and reflection. This year, the event saw 320 first-year students (our largest number of participants ever!) volunteer their time at 20 agencies throughout St. Petersburg.

The Office of Service-Learning also welcomed two new staff members for the 2006-2007 school year, Randy Browne and Meghan Cohorst. Randy replaces Josh Orphanidys as the Service-Learning Intern and will be working to alleviate poverty in the Tampa Bay area by coordinating service events and student outreach. Meghan occupies a new position, that of Environmental Service Intern, and will be handling environmental and immigration-related service opportunities as well as managing the campus recycling program.

Finally, we've moved into new offices! Come visit us in our temporary home on the first floor of Omega.

View photos from Into the Streets

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.