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Ronald Porter
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

Yucatan, Mexico - Spring Break 2012

It was at 3:30am that our week-long adventure to Mexico began. We spent five days volunteering with la Cuidad de la Alegría, or City of Joy. The organization has an impressive reputation in the local community and is made up of eight different homes or centers that cater to a variety of needs.

We spent time volunteering at the Pharmacy, where we discarded five trash bags full of expired medicines and replaced them with newly donated medications. One morning, we were organizing the Bread and Blanket Shelter by restocking shelves and separating garbage from recycling. Our group of twelve helped paint the Women's Shelter and fix the children's playground there as well. Another day we were at the Home for the Elderly; lotioning their feet, taking them for walks, playing games, and doing crafts with them. With all of this, we still found time to play a game of soccer against the local children... and lose to them! The twelve of us had a great time making new friends, practicing our Spanish, and giving a week of service.

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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.

Community Action Stops Abuse

Community Action Stops Abuse

It takes a whole community to stop domestic violence. CASA's vision is a community without domestic violence so that home is a safe place.

Edible Peach Patch Project

The Edible Peace Patch Project

The Edible Peace Patch Project is a not for profit organization whose mission is to eliminate poverty as a factor in educational success and diet-related health issues.

Tampa Bay Estuary Program

Tampa Bay Estuary Program

The mission of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program is to build partnerships to restore and protect Tampa Bay through implementation of a scientifically sound, community-based management plan.