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When students arrive on campus for New Student Orientation each fall, they experience a variety of educational and social activities designed to help them successfully transition to Ringling College of Art and Design, and to become actively involved in the Sarasota community.

The Student Volunteerism and Service-Learning staff strive to develop and broaden these types of learning opportunities to help students enhance their leadership skills, build friendships, and facilitate teamwork. As part of the Orientation experience, students participate in a self-selected community service project.

Read through the 2013 selections below. 2014 selections will be up August 1, 2014. Once they are updated, be sure to fill out the form (after August 1, 2014) to participate with your top preferences.

****You must log in with your Ringling College user i.d. and password. If you do not yet have this set up, please go to the Ringling College Portal at my.ringling.edu and click on "New Account" on the  left side. You will need your Student ID number.****

Remember to bring closed-toe shoes, protection from the sun (hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen) and bugs, wear light-weight long pants and work clothes that you do not mind getting dirty! 

Looking forward to serving our community with you,

Rachel Levey-Baker, Director of Student Volunteerism and Service-Learning 

Karen Arango, Assistant Coordinator of Student Volunteerism and Service-Learning and AmeriCorps*VISTA

 

COMPLETE THE FORM HERE.

 

 ***NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION SERVICE PROJECTS 2013***

 

Community Haven For Adults and Children with Disabilities

Join in this beautification project to help spruce up this valuable community asset!  Students will be doing general clean up and beautification, both indoors and outdoors. 

Community Haven for Adults & Children with Disabilities,  Inc. creates solutions and makes changes in the  lives of children, teens, and adults with disabilities by providing a variety of specialized programs and services, such as Early Childhood Intervention, School-to-Work Transition, Occupational  Rehabilitation, Work Force Development,  Kaleidoscope Musical Theater, Employment Opportunities, and Community Living. 

Please bring sunscreen, bug spray, wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and bring a hat. Beware of fire ants!

Learn more about this organization at www.communityhaven.com/index.htm

 

 

InStride Equine Therapy 

The goal of InStride is to improve the physical and/or neurological status of individuals with physical and mental disabilities through Hippotherapy. Riders with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, autism, traumatic brain injury and learning disabilities have all benefited from participation in the InStride therapeutic riding program. They currently serve over 100 children and adults with disabilities from Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte counties. Lend a hand to assist this important community resource! 

Students will not get to work with the horses but will get to see a demonstration on how they are used for therapy. Volunteers will assist with many important tasks around the facility like yard work, cleaning stalls, and even painting designs on picnic tables. 

Please bring sunscreen, bug spray, wear closed-toe shoes and bring a hat. Beware of fire ants!

Learn more about this organization at instridetherapy.org/pages/

 

Orange Blossom Community Garden

Participants will assist this valuable community asset by: starting seeds for their fall garden and plant sharing, starting pineapple plants, helping ready garden plots for fall youth gardening activities, helping clean and ready garden plots for some of our neighborhood non-profit organizations, moving and organizing supplies and materials, laying cardboard and spreading mulch between beds for walkways, general garden sprucing up/cleaning up. The garden could also use some assistance creating signage for their composting areas. 

Please bring sunscreen, bug spray, wear closed-toe shoes, and bring a hat. Beware of fire ants!

Learn more about the Garden at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Orange-Blossom-Community-Garden/281802457517.

 

Sarasota County Parks- Caspersen Beach Park

This clean up with involve removing invasive and exotic plants and trees, and removing debris from the Intra Coastal Waterway side and on the island.

Please bring sunscreen, bug spray, wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and bring a hat. Beware of fire ants!

Find out more about the Sarasota County Parks at www.foscp.org

 

Sarasota County Parks- Hermitage Artist Retreat/Blind Pass

This clean up with involve removing invasive and exotic plants and trees, removing debris from the Intra Coastal Waterway side (there are multiple tires submerged that need to be removed), and cleaning out the swamp area.

Please bring sunscreen, bug spray, wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and bring a hat. Please wear shoes that you do not mind getting wet. Beware of fire ants!

Find out more about the Sarasota County Parks at www.foscp.org

 

Sarasota County Parks- Manasota Beach

This clean up with involve removing invasive and exotic plants and trees, and removing debris and trash from the Intra Coastal Waterway side along the bay.

Please bring sunscreen, bug spray, wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and bring a hat. Beware of fire ants!

Find out more about the Sarasota County Parks at www.foscp.org

 

Make Waves for the Ocean: A Social Media Project

Raise awareness about our oceans, and how to protect them, through photography and social media during this volunteer opportunity in The Aquarium at Mote Marine Laboratory. Participants will photograph the exhibits and animals at Mote — such as manatees, sharks and sea turtles — to creatively highlight the importance of our oceans. Then they’ll share their favorite photo and a personal statement about why the oceans inspire them, along with ocean-friendly information/links provided by Mote, via their own Facebook, Twitter or other social media pages.

Required: Smartphone with camera and Wi-Fi abilities OR digital camera with USB cord / USB card reader. (You’ll need to be able to make the post online with your smartphone or transfer your photo and statement to a Mac laptop at Mote.)

Founded in 1955, Mote Marine Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit 501(c) 3 research organization dedicated to today’s research for tomorrow’s oceans. Mote emphasizes world-class research relevant to conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity, healthy habitats and natural resources. Showcasing this research is The Aquarium at Mote, which is home to more than 100 marine species and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 365 days a year. Learn more at www.mote.org and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube: /motemarinelab 

 

Fill out the service project form here.