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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

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Into the Streets

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Academy Prep
At Academy Prep young people with complicated lives have a chance. This educational center for St. Pete's low-income youth aims to help "students with promise" to finish high school and college and ultimately to become leaders in the community. They expose students to a myriad of activities and experiences which would otherwise be beyond their reach. Volunteers will be helping in areas all around the school Ð from washing a bus to pulling weeds on a small baseball field to helping organize the school's library.

Bay Point Middle School
Bay Point is a middle school just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Eckerd College (meaning it's very close). Volunteers helped in mentoring students involved in the Doorway Program, a program where low-income students must maintain a certain GPA and can earn a scholarship for college. Volunteers also helped mentor students in science classes.

Beth-El Farmworker's Ministry
Beth-El helps migrant farmworkers and their families by providing education, advocacy, job help, and basic items such as food and clothing. Every week the ministry passes out food under their "Food Bag Program". Volunteers helped with putting the food bags together.

Boyd Hill Nature Trail
Boyd Hill Nature Trail is a large preserve located in the city of St. Pete and close to the college. A number of interesting plants, alligators, and wildlife can be seen in the park. Boyd Hill also runs educational programs as well. Volunteers worked at planting trees as part of a restoration project.

Children's Home Society of Florida
This organization is a non-profit child welfare agency. They work in foster care, teen maternity help, abuse assistance, adoption services, and pregnancy counseling. Volunteers worked at the Family Visitation House, helping the Children's Home in any way they could.

The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast
Hospice is a program for patients and families facing life-threatening illnesses. Hospice tries to help comfort such people in their last days. There are two projects with the Hospice. In one project, volunteers helped to clean and reorganize the St. Pete Thrift Shop. In the second project, volunteers participated in interactive games and activities with nursing home patients.

Palladium Theatre
The Palladium is a non-profit performing arts facility that provides local artists and cultural organizations a professional space for events. Volunteers helped with projects that needed attending.

Pinellas Association for Retarded Children (PARC)
PARC enhances the quality of life for persons of all ages who have developmental disabilities. PARC's programs provide opportunities for individuals to participate in the life, work, and recreation activities of those with disabilities. Volunteers interacted with developmentally disabled adults and children, leading games and other activities.

Ronald McDonald House
This organization provides a "home away from home" for families receiving medical treatment at All Children's Hospital. The Ronald McDonald House offers a place for families to sleep, eat, and share their emotions with others going through similar traumas. Volunteers helped perform general house-cleaning duties for the families that are temporarily staying there.

St. Petersburg Free Clinic
The St. Pete Free Clinic provides help for folks in need of food, financial assistance, medication, medical care, and other necessities. Volunteers sorted and organized donated food in preparation for distribution to nearly 100 organizations that operate feeding or food assistance programs.

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army provides food and shelter for the homeless in St. Petersburg. Volunteers helped paint an area of the shelter and assist in meal prep for the homeless.

Science Center
Incorporated in 1959, The Science Center of Pinellas County, Inc. is a 25,500 square foot facility located on 7 acres in northwest St. Petersburg, Florida. Today, The Science Center attracts over 70,000 students, children, and adults annually to its unique learning environment, offering hands-on educational activities to promote the understanding of science. Volunteers helped work on projects around the facility.

Southeastern Guide Dogs
This agency trains seeing-eye dogs to work with blind folks. Volunteers were needed to mend the agency's "Freedom Walk" project. This part of the facility is extremely important for helping to train dogs to assist the visually impaired.

West Care Florida
This agency helps folks struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. Volunteers helped do maintenance work around the facility, such as painting and yard work, and had the opportunity to learn about the programs offered there.

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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.