Quick Contact

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

Service Beyond Eckerd

Below are some links that we think you might find helpful.

Center for Career Planning and Applied Learning
Provides information on Eckerd's Career Resources, international education, internships and service learning opportunities.

Florida Campus Compact

The International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership
IPSL is a site that have programs that integrate study abroad and service learning

Volunteer Florida
Volunteer Florida deals with issues facing Florida and has programs students can get involved in.

AmeriCorps is like Peace Corps only it is in America and the obligation to serve is only one year.

idealist.org is interested in college students and their engagement in service.

Many Opportunities to Serve

With more than 100 non-profit organizations in the Tampa Bay area, there is a plethora of ways for you to get out and get active in your community. You may engage directly with the people/issues that an organization serves or provide behind-the scenes report to help agencies achieve their mission. Some social issues or skill areas you can touch on through service:

  • Aging
  • Animal Care/Animal rights
  • The Arts
  • Disability services
  • Drug prevention and rehabilitation
  • Criminal justice
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Faith Based organizations
  • Health
  • Human rights
  • Hunger & homelessness
  • Immigration
  • International service
  • LGBT rights
  • Marine life preservation
  • Marketing
  • Migrant farmworkers/labor
  • Political activism
  • Poverty
  • Racial reconciliation
  • Women and gender issues
  • Youth programs

Visit the Service-Learning Office to learn more about organizations addressing these issues in the Tampa Bay community.

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.

Community Action Stops Abuse

Community Action Stops Abuse

It takes a whole community to stop domestic violence. CASA's vision is a community without domestic violence so that home is a safe place.

Edible Peach Patch Project

The Edible Peace Patch Project

The Edible Peace Patch Project is a not for profit organization whose mission is to eliminate poverty as a factor in educational success and diet-related health issues.

Tampa Bay Estuary Program

Tampa Bay Estuary Program

The mission of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program is to build partnerships to restore and protect Tampa Bay through implementation of a scientifically sound, community-based management plan.