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Project Goals and Motivations

Students at Washington University in St. Louis lack reliable and cost effective transportation to local volunteer organizations. Previous attempts to address this problem have been prohibitively expensive. 

The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at Washington University in St. Louis works to remove barriers that prevent students from volunteering. Seeking to solve the problem of student transportation, they implemented a car rental program with Enterprise CarShare. The program allows undergraduate students to rent vehicles at no cost to themselves to drive to volunteer organizations. The CarShare program successfully provided the student with convenient and affordable transportation, but was financially taxing on the institution.

The lack of transportation for student volunteers that is convenient and financially viable for all parties is a problem at Washington University in St. Louis. The purpose of this project was to provide transportation for students at a lower cost than the current Gephardt program.

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