Workship, a Palm Beach Atlantic University tradition since 1968, is a distinctive community service program that responds to human needs with Christ-like action in the community and the world. Through community service, students can discern their vocation and develop a life-long habit of servant leadership (45 hours of service a year are required). To date, students have volunteered more than 3.5 million hours. The Corporation for National and Community Service has placed PBA on its Honor Roll for exemplary service to America’s communities every year since its launch in 2006. Throughout the years, Workship has been featured in local and University news for its various service projects, including the Martin Luther King Day of Service.
PBA students partnered with the Palm Beach County Foster Parents Association to bring Christmas gifts to foster children in need at a West Palm Beach church.
More than 20 years ago, PBA students joined other colleges across the nation in the first national Into the Streets program, committing to serve families in the West Palm Beach community.
A Palm Beach Post reporter,interviewed several PBA students for an in-depth look at,their experience serving through the Workship program and their motivation for lending helping hands. The article includes a look into students' backgrounds, intrinsic values and more.
Nine years ago, former University President David Clark created the "Extending Hands" program in order for PBA staff and faculty members to work with their favorite charities. The program allowed for staffers to serve without using vacation days.
As part of the annual tradition of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service, PBA Workship coordinates and hosts a day of community assistance through various service projects in Palm Beach County.
Partnered with Miami Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll, the Florida Department of Children and Families, Child and Family Connections, Inc. and other community partners, PBA students served as camp counselors at the first-ever,“Camp for Champions,” a program for foster youth.
Every year at PBA, incoming students are greeted on-campus through a PBA tradition called Welcome Week, a week-long event,that includes games, academic open houses and a day to serve the community through various Workship projects. In 2013, PBA welcomed the largest incoming freshman class in University history, which helped touch the lives of the community in a strong and impactful way.
During spring break, a group of PBA students spent a week in an urban immersion experience, serving communities plagued with violence and poverty in a neighborhood north of the,West Palm Beach downtown district. Students held bike clinics, handed out coffee and breakfast led vacation Bible school and more.
In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., PBA students spread out across Palm Beach County to serve various communities and partner with local organizations. The projects included painting homes, cleaning the Downtown West Palm Beach Waterfront and the Palm Beach Zoo and playing with kids at Rosemary Village.
Every year, PBA awards,the Servant Leadership Award, an $1,000 honor given to two students who are leaders in areas of ministry and community service. The recipients last year were Jodi Touchton and Hannah Kratz. Thanks to the generous donation from Sam and Betsy Reeves of North Palm Beach, recipients use $750 for scholarship and may donate $250 to their charity of choice.
In partnership with nonprofit organization Feeding Children Everywhere, PBA students, faculty and staff gathered with other community members to hand-package and send out,50,000 meals for Palm Beach County families in need. The healthy and all-natural lentil casserole meals, created to combat the effects of malnutrition, were packaged at Conniston Middle School.