History of Workship
A Tradition Since 1968
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 3.6 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.
1988 - "Foster Children Receive Christmas Cheer, Gifts"
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. Read the story.
1991 - "School Part of U.S. Campaign, But Service Not New to PBAC"
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. Read the story.
2003 - "Their Passion? Service to Others"
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.
Read the story.
2007 - "University Frees up Staffers to Volunteer"
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. Read the story.
2011 - "PBA Students Take Part in Annual Community Service"
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.
2012 - "Workship to Lend Hand at County’s First 'Camp for Champions"
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.
2013 - "Palm Beach Atlantic Students Start School Year by Giving Back"
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 impacting way.
2014 - "Students Spend Break Serving in Their Own Back Yard"
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.
2014 - "Martin Luther King Jr., Day Sparks Workship"
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.
Read the story.
2015 - "Servant Leadership Awardees Work to Improve Lives of Others"
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.
2015 - "PBA, Partners to Package 50,000 Meals for Hungry Children"
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. Read the story.