Quick Contact

Ronald Porter
Acting Director of Service-Learning

Eckerd College
Office of Service-Learning
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711

porterrk@eckerd.edu

toll-free: (800) 456-9009
local: (727) 864-7512

Service-Learning

Service Learning

Gamma Knox Service Dorm

The Knox Service Dorm was initiated in the fall of 2005 to provide a residence hall for students dedicated to service. The service-learning provides a unique and fun atmosphere that really draws students together. Through planning, and executing service projects with one another, the dorm quickly becomes like a family.

Gamma Knox Service Dorm

The service dorm has four main objectives:

  1. To support personal growth of the residents through service and education.
  2. To build a residential dorm that is defined by its occupants’ dedication to community service.
  3. To expose the Eckerd College community to service and educational opportunities on campus and off campus.
  4. To serve the needs of local, national, and global individuals and communities.

Requirements

  • Organize one group service program per semester
  • Participate in three service programs per semester
  • Participate in house activities that help to develop a community identity

Benefits

  • Free community building service trips (Past years have gone to Orlando)
  • Funding for service events
  • Transportation for service events
  • Knox Service Coordinator mentorship
  • Have fun and make friends!

Spring 2010

For our spring semester retreat, Gamma Knox headed over to Florida's oldest city: Saint Augustine. Eckerd students went to St. Augustine and worked with the St. Johns Homeless Coalition for a Fall Break Service Trip last semester and they had such a blast that Knox decided to head up there and help them out again. We learned a lot about the organization and were all touched by the compelling efforts to help people who are less fortunate. What inspired us all the most was not just the helping that goes towards those less fortunate, but the St. John's Homeless coalition aids in helping them grow stronger as families and individuals, prepares them for jobs, and helps them to be active and positive forces in their present and future communities. We helped the St. John's Homeless Coalition with their monthly yard sale. We helped unload the trucks, organize the items and even helped with pricing/selling items. On top of this, we split up into groups and went into the surrounding neighborhoods to educate people about filling out their census forms. This area of St. Augustine had a very small amount of people return their census forms last year, but with education and door-to-door workers, they have already doubled the response. After we helped clean up what was not sold, we played with some of the kids who live in the community - we had a game of basketball going and even had some roller skating happening! As the day ended we headed over to downtown St. Augustine and took a ghost tour of the city! Overall the retreat was a huge success and everyone really learned a lot - we grew as individuals, but more importantly we grew as a dorm.

Gamma Knox

See what we were up to in Spring 2009 or Fall 2008.

Reflective Service-Learning Portfolio

Triton Track

Current Calls to Action

Edible Peace Patch Project
Looking for something fun to do this summer? The Muscular Dystrophy Association is looking for volunteers for their summer camps! The camps will take place in Brandon, FL, June 21-27, and in Apopka, FL, July 12-18.
Interested? Contact Paula Orandash for more info at (727) 577-1700.
AIDS Walk Tampa Bay 2014
What are you and your friends doing to change the course of HIV in the Tampa Bay Region? By walking, donating or volunteering this year, you will help to provide much needed resouces to the AIDS Service Association of Pinellas (ASAP).
The 12th annual AIDS Walk Tampa Bay will be held at Vinoy Park in Downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday, September 6th. Registration starts at 8 a.m., and the walk starts at 10 a.m.

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.