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. 

Questions? Contact volunteerism@ringling.edu 

 

****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

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.

 

 

 ***NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION SERVICE PROJECTS 2015***

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 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. 

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 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!

 

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- 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.

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 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.

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

 

 

 

 

Find out more about Mote at  www.mote.org