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Community Service Office

Wright Hall, Lower Level
5 Chapin Drive
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: 413-585-3060
Fax: 413-585-3068

"I am thankful for the CSO because it introduced me to the Northampton community and has supported me in forming meaningful relationships with community members. Whether I am on or off campus, my experience as a student volunteer has strengthened my Smith career in a very special way."
—Beverly '18

Helpful Documents



If you don't drive there are several partnering agencies within walking distance or on a bus route. If you do walk, please be aware of your surroundings.

PDF iconIf You Don't Drive (PDF)


If your community service activity is on a bus route, check the PVTA bus schedule.

Private Vehicle

The CSO's transportation policy does not allow students to use their own private vehicle to drive other students or program participants for CSO-sponsored community service projects.

Smith College Vans

The CSO maintains four vehicles to assist students in getting to community service partner organizations, Jandon Center-related initiatives and projects, and religious services.

Using a Smith College Van

First-Time Users

If you are a first-time car user, you must first become certified. You will need to register with your driver's license and complete online training presentation and safety quizzes. Information about requirements and the presentations are in the document below.

PDF iconThree Steps to Become Van Certified (PDF)

Transporting Children

If you will be transporting children under 18, you must have this form signed by the parent or guardian before each trip. All passenger forms must be filled out each time the van is used.

PDF iconTransporting Children/Field Trip Permission Form

Microsoft Office document iconTransporting Children/Field Trip Permission Form (Spanish)

Reserve a CSO Van

PDF iconCSO Van Policies

Vehicle Reservation Form >


The van coordinator will contact you within four business days to let you know if there is a car available.

Agency Confirmation Form

The agency that you are driving to must fill out the Agency Confirmation Form below. They may also fax the information to 413-585-2794 or by email to

Agency Confirmation Form >


Any unauthorized use of the vans (use outside your reservation) will be considered theft and will result in serious disciplinary action such as suspension from driving a college vehicle and reporting to the Judicial Board.

Picking Up Keys

Van keys must be picked up at the CSO, in the Program Coordinator's office, room 019, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. You will have to sign out the key packet. Be prepared to show your driver's license. If you are using a van over the weekend, you must pick up the van packet before 4 p.m. on Friday.

Dropping Off Keys

Van packets with keys and completed forms must be returned to the letter box in the Chapel basement door as soon as you return to campus!

Meetings & Events

Featured Event

CSO Welcome Party

  • JCCE Wright Hall 013, 4:15-5:30 p.m.
  • Come learn about the Community Service Office (CSO), the Jandon Center for Community Engagement (JCCE), and community service opportunities. Meet students already involved! Join us for treats and prizes.


CSO Community Service Fair

  • Campus Center Carroll Room, 4-5:15 p.m.
  • Want to get involved in community service, but not sure how? Don’t miss out! Drop by to discover ways to get involved with urban agriculture, tutoring, food justice and more. Representatives from Community Service Office partner agencies are looking forward to sharing opportunities at their agencies with you.


Dig In and Volunteer with CSO at Gardening the Community

  • 8:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (on site 9 a.m.-noon)
  • Come volunteer with the CSO for our first fall trip to Gardening the Community! GTC is an intersectional food justice organization based in Springfield. GTC focuses on youth development, community building, and growing good food. Transportation is provided. The gardening event will take place outdoors. Sunscreen and bug spray are provided. Please bring water and a snack if you need one. Email for more information.