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For Volunteers

“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



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.


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.

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.

Reserve a CSO Van

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 011, 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!