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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 selections below and then be sure to fill out the web form by August 13 to participate with your top preferences.
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
Susan Saulnier, Coordinator of Student Volunteerism and Service-Learning
Lizzie Lehuta, Assistant Coordinator of Student Volunteerism and Service-Learning and AmeriCorps*VISTA
Fill out the web form here.
Join in this beautification project to help spruce up this valuable community asset! Students will be doing general clean up and beautification on around the grounds, including giving the barn a fresh coat of paint.
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.
Learn more about this organization at .
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 pet and visit with them. Volunteers will work on putting in a sensory trail for InStride clients, including: creating a Minion by painting stacked tires; painting fence posts to look like people, creating totem poles out of recycled jugs, and more!
Learn more about this organization at instridetherapy.org/pages/
Orange Blossom Community Garden
Learn more about the Garden at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Orange-Blossom-Community-Garden/281802457517.
Sarasota County Parks- Hermitage Artist Retreat/Blind Pass
World-class artistic creators of all disciplines are invited to work at the Hermitage Artist Retreat located on this Sarasota County property on the beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.
This clean up with involve removing invasive and exotic plants and trees, removing debris.
Find out more about the Sarasota County Parks at and at hermitageartistretreat.org.
Sarasota County Parks- Longwood Run Park
This clean up with involve removing invasive and exotic plants and trees, painting, and general clean up around the grounds of this county park.
Find out more about the Sarasota County Parks at
Mote Marine Aquarium Social Media Education Project
Help Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium spread the word about our $6 Saturdays in September for Florida residents — a special to celebrate Mote’s 60th anniversary year of marine science, education and conservation!
Students will walk through Mote Aquarium and choose six things that make Mote special — from amazing animals to educational exhibits and windows into working laboratories. Then they will take photos and post them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, sharing their six highlights with a few words about what they learned at Mote, also including #MoteMarineLab, a mention of our $6 admission special and the link to its details: www.mote.org/saturdays.
Mote staff will also give the students a printed graphic highlighting the $6 admission special, so they can include it in their photos. We want them to be creative and have fun knowing that they’re helping a good cause – read about Mote below.
*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.)
About Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
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 Mote Aquarium, 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
Dear Ringling students,
By participating in Mote’s social media projects, you are helping people discover Mote’s mission and learn about our oceans, which are essential to life on Earth. Part of Mote’s mission is to help the public become more ocean literate so they can make informed choices and take good care of ocean ecosystems. As a nonprofit, we can only carry out this mission with support from our communities. Every ticket to Mote Aquarium benefits our world-class research, conservation and education. So when you encourage people to visit through this project, you’re helping us in a huge way!
We hope you enjoy your visit, learn lots and share what you learn with your friends.
Content Development Manager
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Find out more about Mote at www.mote.org