Imagine this…get on a bus only knowing that when you reach your undisclosed location, you will be someplace making a difference. Oh, and on the way you will be wined and dined and have fun too!
This is the mission behind the Do Good Bus. The founders, Stephen Snedden, Rebecca Pontius and Hannah Halliwell have always tried to find the good in things and strived to show others that it is easy to help. After being asked how to get involved by friends over the years, the group came up with the idea to put all their friends on a bus and show them exactly how to do just that. Stephen states, “We have met so many people who want to volunteer, but are afraid to or don’t know where to start.” With the Do Good Bus, “all you have to do is sign up and we do the rest.”
The Do Good Bus hosts a public ride every other month in Los Angeles, California and surrounding areas. Their activities have included working with kids, building new homes, creating guerrilla gardens, rolling burritos and more! You can photos and videos of previous projects here. Every ride includes breakfast, dinner or lunch and lasts between 4 and 6 hours depending on where they are going.
Stephen continues, “The trip and the destination are a secret. Every trip is different and only the three of us know the details.” This helps remove any preconceived notions that individuals have about a service project.
The Do Good Bus has three goals. Their first goal is awareness of the hundreds of causes that help their community and how individuals and groups can support these causes. Their second goal is to create community by making new friends during the bus ride together. Their third goal is to encourage people to continue to support the causes.
If you live in the Los Angeles area, you can join along on an upcoming ride. Simply sign up for their mailing list or following them on Facebook or Twitter to learn about their upcoming rides. There is a fee to participate in the ride. These fees cover the cost of transportation, meals, etc.
Even if you can’t ride the bus, you can help their causes. If you are feeling generous, they could use a bus so they could own the bus rather than chartering buses for each trip. Individuals, groups or companies could also sponsor a trip or a portion of a trip. The group also hopes Los Angeles area restaurants could donate meals in exchange for spreading the word about your business. In addition, the Do Good Bus could also use monetary donations. You can make a donation or learn about other ways to help on their website. You can also explore the causes they support and consider supporting them yourself.