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Resources for CBL Students

In a community-based learning (CBL) class, students have responsibility for the success of the entire class. 

Remember, you likely signed an informed consent form when you registered for classes. You consented to take responsibility for yourself when you participating in off-campus experiences through University of Richmond, and to abide by any rules prescribed by the University or community organization where you work. Refer to these safety guidelines for more details.

Your professor will provide specific information on the community-based learning requirements for your course. If your class requires you to choose a site in the community, be aware that it takes time to find a placement, so start the first day of class. Go over the site list your professor gives you, consider your transportation options, and then begin contacting community partners. It is likely to take more than one attempt to get matched with a site.

Be aware that community partners may have requirements to fulfill before you can begin volunteering, such as criminal background checks or medical tests. Be sure to ask about what is required before you can begin at the site.

Transportation to service sites

We can help you get to your volunteer site for your community-based learning class. If you are a student and you need to get to a service site, here are a few transportation options we offer: 

  • University of Richmond service shuttle: Students who need university-sponsored transportation to get to their service site can complete the UR Volunteer Trip Planner form. Once the form is submitted, students will receive an email from Transportation Services regarding service shuttle assignments or alternative modes of transportation. This is a good option if you are traveling to a service site regularly, as it may be on our shuttle schedule route already. 
  • Uber for Downtown: Are you traveling to a location that's within walking distance of University of Richmond Downtown (626 E. Broad Street)? Take an Uber with the new Uber to UR Downtown program, which is free for students, faculty, and staff, and then walk to your destination. 
  • Zipcar: If your community partner cannot be accessed by any of the University of Richmond’s transportation options above, you might be eligible to use the University Zipcars. Please submit your request for a Zipcar here
  • Uber and taxi vouchers: The CCE offers pre-paid taxi vouchers for students traveling to service sites if their service site is not accessible via the options above. We may also reimburse for Uber rides on your personal Uber account, if applicable. 
  • Mileage reimbursement: If you have your own car, we may reimburse for mileage using the federal mileage reimbursement rate. This mileage reimbursement is based on Google Maps routes from University of Richmond to your community partner/site. 

We will work with you to find the best option for you—please email for more information.