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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

Serv-a-palooza 2005


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SERV-A-PALOOZA was a week of college-sponsored service activities. It began with a volunteer opportunity to Boyd Hill led by the Knox House Service Dorm and ended with a dance in which all proceeds were donated to charity. In between there was a speaker on Global Service and the AIDS pandemic in Africa, a school wide service opportunity, and a party to celebrate service. The highlight of SERV-A-PALOOZA came during the Festival of Hope, a festival that allows seniors to showcase how they served the community during Fall Semester. It was an opportunity for all the students to come together, listen to some live music, and learn more about service.

At the end of the week there was a service event also called SERV-A-PALOOZA. This opportunity to do community service was meant to be one last volunteering "hoorah" for all the seniors. However, the event was open to all students to participate. Even some staff members came out to do some service, such as Casey Paquet in the Communications Office.

Overall it was an exciting week. Participation in all the events was high, especially considering SERV-A-PALOOZA was held late in the semester. Hopefully it will be a tradition that will be carried on into the upcoming years.

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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.