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Ronald Porter
Director of Service-Learning

Eckerd College
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St. Petersburg, FL 33711


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Service Learning

New Orleans: Spring Break 11

New Orleans

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It's been six years since Hurricane Katrina, yet the Lower 9th Ward still looks like a third world country. Houses are still bordered up, marked with spray-painted X's indicating the number of bodies pulled from inside. Yet the people living there persist, despite having lost everything, including family members. Some of gone the extra mile to rebuild their community, such as the people we met working for the Lower 9th Ward Village, where we stayed. The Village hosted events and held things like tutoring sessions for the surrounding community without much outside assistance.

We also worked with the St. Bernard Project, rebuilding a house. There we installed drywall in the ceiling, a huge challenge since many of us had no prior construction experience. Regardless, we got it done and it was a hugely rewarding experience. The family we helped is one step closer to moving back in and the city is one step closer to being whole again.

As I did not have a working camera in New Orleans I have very few picture which were taken on my phone. I've been trying to get my group to send me pictures, but it's looking like I'm going to have to go physically take their cameras in order to get them. Here's what I have for now.

View photos from New Orleans

Reflective Service-Learning Portfolio

Triton Track

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.