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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

Community Plunge: 2006

Community Plunge, like Into the Streets, is a chance for Eckerd Students to volunteer for a half-day of service. This year, some of the EC Service Clubs such as Amnesty International, EC Homeless Outreach, EC Circle K, Best Buddies, Earth Society, and EC Pride have chosen sites to introduce students to the service work and organizations they are involved with on a regular basis. This year sites included the Beacon House (a homeless shelter), PARC (an non-profit that works with the developmental disabled), Boyd Hill Nature Trail, and Creative Clay (a non-profit art studio that is open to ALL members of St. Pete). Even though Community Plunge started early students still were able to get out of bed, get involved in their St. Pete community, and have fun!

Community Plunge

Community Plunge

Community Plunge

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.