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Ronald Porter
Acting 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

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

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.