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Ronald Porter
Director of Service-Learning

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


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Service Learning

Washington, DC - Spring Break 2012


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The LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) rights themed Washington, D.C. Service Trip of 2012 volunteered with an organization called Food and Friends, which delivers meals and groceries to individuals with severe illnesses. Originally formed in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the organization has since expanded the reach of its client base to serve people with a variety of life-altering illnesses but has always deeply valued diversity and compassionate care. All of the meals are specially prepared for the unique dietary constraints of each client, which is especially important since some treatments and illnesses make it difficult or unhealthy to eat certain foods. We helped primarily by bagging groceries/meals and delivering them to the clients. It was a very exciting and positive work environment.

When we weren't volunteering, we were exploring the city. We toured many of the monuments and memorials, saw several important buildings, (like the White House!), and visited some of the many museums. Some of the highlights included seeing Holocaust Museum as a group, visiting the Occupy D.C. movement, and walking around the National Mall. We also took time to reflect on our experiences and relate them back to our theme of LGBT rights.

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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.