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

 

 

 

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

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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.

Thank you!


 Hayley Rutger
 Content Development Manager

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

 

 

Find out more about Mote at  www.mote.org