CSL Van Rental

The Center for Service Learning (CSL) has a 12-passenger van that is available for faculty, staff, and students employed by WCU who are organizing or participating in service experiences. An individual or organization may use the van up to four times per semester. Our goal is to minimize the logistical issues associated with organizing service/community engagement projects around our region, in order to increase service opportunities for our students, faculty, and staff!


Q: How do I rent/reserve the CSL van?
A: Please contact Mackensie Jimison in the CSL ( mnjimison@wcu.edu or 828.227.7184). Please have the following information ready:

  • Pick up and drop off dates/times
  • Destination(s)
  • Brief explanation for purpose(s) of use
  • Number of riders and drivers expected to be in van
  • Drivers’ information (specifically if the person calling is not the driver)


Q: What are the costs/fees associated with the use of the CSL van?
A: There are NO costs associated with the use of the CSL van. The Undergraduate Studies Office and CSL cover the fuel, maintenance, and insurance costs associated with the CSL van. However, please note that the following fees may be applied to your rental:

  • If the CSL van is not returned in appropriate condition, a $20 cleaning fee may be charged to the driver/organization responsible for the reservation.
  • If the CSL van is not returned by the time agreed upon on the reservation form, a $100 late fee may be charged. If unexpected events are to arise that may make you later (e.g., storms, vehicle complications, etc.) please keep the Center for Service Learning staff informed of these events.
  • If the CSL van is not returned with a full gas tank, a $100 refueling fee may be charged (the van packet will include a Wright Express gas card that you can use for refueling).
  • If the key for the CSL van is not returned, a $100 fee may be charged to the driver/organization responsible for the reservation.


Q: What can the CSL van be used for?
A: The CSL van may be used by faculty, staff, and students who are employed by WCU in some capacity, for civic engagement and service-related activities.

The purpose of the CSL van is to increase curricular and co-curricular student engagement in our community. Therefore, the purpose of your trip must be connected to community-engaged (or community-based) activities.

  • Appropriate curricular example 1: Professor Smith teaches a research methods course and her students are working in groups of five with six different community organizations through a problem-based learning (community engagement centered) course. One of the community groups is located in Asheville and the team of five students has to visit the community organization site three times over the semester.
  • Appropriate curricular example 2: Professor O’Steen teaches an environmental health course that connects the students with two different conservation organizations. One of the organizations is on campus and the other is located in Black Mountain. Twelve of the students in the course are working with the PISGAH conservation organization and need to travel to Black Mountain twice over the semester to complete the service component of their course.
  • Appropriate co-curricular example 1: In conjunction with WCU’s AmeriCorps*VISTA, the Campus Kitchen Garden Club has organized a gleaning initiative at a farm located outside of Bryson City. They have organized ten volunteers and need transportation assistance to and from the service site.
  • Appropriate co-curricular example 2: Two departments and the Center for Justice have collaborated to send eight students and three faculty members to Washington D.C. to engage with politicians, lobbyists, and activists at the annual CARE conference.
  • Inappropriate use example 1: Six faculty members from the College of Agriculture Sciences are going to Atlanta to attend their field’s national conference and want to use the CSL van.
  • Inappropriate use example 2: A social group on campus has planned a spring break trip to Cancun and wants to use the CSL van.

If you are not sure if your proposed use of the CSL van meets our criteria, please call and double check with the CSL. Community engagement and service manifests in many different ways, and we are always open to learning more about your project.

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