Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Workship Program Celebrates Four Million Volunteer Hours workship program volunteers

West Palm Beach, Fla., USA (March 25, 2024) — This spring, Palm Beach Atlantic University’s (PBA) distinct community service program, Workship, reached four million hours served. Workship, started in 1968 by PBA’s founder, Dr. Jess Moody, and his wife, Doris, and has been a pillar of the university in its five decades of existence. On Wednesday, April 10, PBA will celebrate the milestone with a day of activities beginning with a chapel service at Family Church Downtown at 11 a.m.  

“This is an incredible milestone for our university,” said Dr. Debra A. Schwinn, president of PBA. “I am extremely humbled to lead a university that is committed to equipping students to grow in wisdom, lead with conviction and serve God boldly. Our Workship program embodies the essence of this mission, offering our students a unique platform to not only practice servant leadership but also to immerse themselves in value-based leadership within their prospective careers. It opens their eyes to the immediate needs of individuals and families within our community, instilling in them the imperative to contribute positively and effectively, wherever their professional journeys may take them.”  

The Workship program combines community service and worship and allows students to give back to the West Palm Beach community and beyond. Each undergraduate student is required to volunteer at least 45 hours each academic year at nonprofit agencies, churches and schools.  

Workship brings biblical values into the community, and students have served in countless ways over the years. Whether it is through tutoring elementary and middle school students, helping with hurricane recovery efforts, partnering with Urban Youth Impact to serve inner city youth, volunteering at the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital Foundation, or packing meals and mentoring children, Workship provides students the unique opportunity to get involved in the community.  

Workship has partnered with over 200 organizations across Palm Beach County alone, creating meaningful opportunities to support the local community. Most recently, the university teamed up with the Jewish Federation to organize 18 community service projects across Palm Beach County on MLK Day. Students, faculty and friends of PBA served nearly 2,000 hours in just one day. 

“It’s truly remarkable to see Palm Beach Atlantic University students, faculty, staff and alumni reaching such an impressive milestone of serving four million hours to the community and the world,” said Nathan Chau, Director of Workship. “Behind each of those hours lies a story of positive impact and transformation, reflecting the dedication and commitment of the university and its community. This achievement not only highlights the institution’s emphasis on community service, but it also underscores the profound influence it has had on individuals and the broader world.” 

To learn more about Workship or to get involved through community service, visit  


About Palm Beach Atlantic University 

Palm Beach Atlantic University, founded in 1968, is a private, Christian university, offering 100 different programs and pathways, including undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees and professional degrees. The university has a 19-acre campus in West Palm Beach and an Orlando campus, and the 78-acre Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Athletic Campus provides facilities for training and hosting intercollegiate sports. Sailfish athletes compete in 18 NCAA Division II and Sunshine State Conference varsity sports. PBA affirms the values that have built American society, including religious liberty and the free enterprise system. The university is dedicated to the integration of biblical principles to prepare students for learning, leadership, and service. Learn more at