Transportation for Service Activities & Community Engaged Classes

While transportation is not guaranteed, there are steps you can take to better ensure transportation for your service experience.

IMPORTANT: Applications for transportation must be made 5 business days prior to your trip.

Who can apply for Service Transportation?

In order to qualify for transportation funding and logistical support students must:

  • Be a faculty member teaching a community engaged class, OR
  • Be a current degree-seeking student at Grinnell College; and
    1. Be traveling for a service or community engaged class purpose;
    2. Have met at least ONCE with a CLS adviser – either an exploratory or career community adviser;
    3. Be traveling to a location that is not easily walkable; and 
    4. Be traveling in a group of 2 or more.
      • Extenuating circumstances may be considered.  If one person will be traveling alone or the location is nearby, prior approval must be obtained from a member of the CLS Service & Social Innovation staff​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Vehicles used are part of the College’s carpool fleet. The CLS covers charges.

Transportation Options:

Least Flexible​:

Request a professional FM driver 


  • Time for pick up or drop off are not flexible.
  • Destination or pick up location may not change.
  • Drivers may be used for groups of 2 or more volunteers. 
  • If you cancel at the last minute or do not show up, student coordinator is billed for unfulfilled requested time for the driver.
  • Professional drivers are paid for a minimum of 2 hours of work.


Apply for service transportation and support by filling out the  Service Transportation Form above.

Select non-student driver.

Most Flexible:

Become a certified FM student driver (or faculty drive their own class)


  • Student drivers may be used for groups of 2 or more volunteers.

Student Driver Eligibility: 

  • There are different age restrictions for different distances.
    • Students must be at least 19 years old for trips within the Grinnell city limits and 
    • 20+ years old for trips outside Grinnell. 
  • Drivers must have had a clean US drivers record for the past two years (no moving violations).
  • Drivers must complete a certification process through Facilities Management.


To become a student driver fill out the Grinnell College Driver Application and email a copy to Amy VanManen ( Please cc Ryan Solomon ( so that we have a record of your application. If you need assistance you may either email Amy or call her @ 641-269-3300.

If you are eligible, becoming a certified student driver enables you to:

  1. Drive yourself for SLWS activities;
  2. Be a volunteer driver for your service groups;
  3.  Become a paid driver for the college.

Apply for service transportation and support by filling out the  Service Transportation Form below.

Submit name/s of student driver for the group.

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Moderately Flexible​:

Identify certified student drivers


  • Student drivers already a part of the volunteer project will volunteer their time to drive.
  • Students drivers requested to drive outside of their own volunteer project, may be paid through FM, and as approved by CLS
  • Student drivers may be used for groups or 2 or more volunteers. 

Student Driver Eligibility: ​​​​​​​

  • There are age restrictions for distances that a student driver can go.
    • Students must be at least 19 years old for trips within the Grinnell city limits and 20+ years old for trips outside Grinnell.


Request service transportation and support by filling out the  Service Transportation Form above.

Submit name/s of student driver for the group.

What happens if I am late or do not show up without communicating?

  1. If you miss your ride — you pay!  Your account will be charged the full cost of your transportation if you are a no-show.
  2. Misuse of this service might result in not being able to use this service again in the future.

What if I have an emergency?

  1. We understand that emergencies happen and sometimes Grinnell College carpool rides need to be cancelled.
  2. Emergent circumstances include death, fire, major illness, etc. A paper that needs to be written is not an emergency.  It is a time management issue!
  3. If an emergency arises during business hours call Jessica Lease in facilities management at 641-269-3300 between 8:00am and 5:00pm.  In addition, email the CLS letting us know why you called FM and cancelled your ride.
  4. If an emergency arises after business hours please call Campus Safety at 641-269-4600 to let them know about the situation AND send Jessica Lease an email (cc’ing the CLS) explaining the circumstances.

Applications must be made at least 5 business days in advance of the date transportation is needed.

​​​​​​​Business days are M-F 8:00am-5:00pm.

Days that College offices are closed (weekends, holidays, etc.) are not business days.

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