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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

Autumn Term 2012

The 2012 Into the Streets Autumn Term program created and lead by the Office of Service Learning took place on Friday, August 24th. Into the Streets is the first major service initiative of the academic year and for many students is a rite of passage. The new students discover they are not only members of the Eckerd community,Into the Streets 2012 but participants in the St. Petersburg community and to a greater extent, members of the larger global community that benefits from the time and energy of dedicated civic minded individuals. Many upperclass students recall their Autumn Term Into the Streets experience with great joy and continue to help at their service site throughout their college experience.

Into the Streets dinnerThis year's group of 345 students, staff and faculty ventured Into the Streets to work at 31 various community service agencies in the Tampa Bay area. Students mucked horse stalls at the Sarasota-Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, sorted cans for the hungry at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, planted organic veggies at the Bartlett Park Community Garden, interacted with residents at Westminster Shores Nursing Home and did many other projects. Following their service, students engaged in a discussion about their work and then re-assembled on campus for dinner and to learn about the work of the other projects.

Into the StreetsIf you are interested in finding out more about the organizations that participated in Into the Streets, want to get involved in service, have questions about volunteering or just want to meet some interesting people and make new friends, please contact the Office of Service Learning.

Check out photos from the 2012 Into the Streets.

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.