Director of Service-Learning
Office of Service-Learning
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
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.
The service dorm has four main objectives:
- To support personal growth of the residents through service and education.
- To build a residential dorm that is defined by its occupants’ dedication to community service.
- To expose the Eckerd College community to service and educational opportunities on campus and off campus.
- To serve the needs of local, national, and global individuals and communities.
- 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
- 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!
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.