Do Good Bus promises altruistic adventurism by bringing people together to help local causes in a fun and social environment. During each mystery event, Do Good Bus strives to create awareness for local causes, create community amongst volunteers and prove the power of working together to make a difference.
On a Do Good Bus Ride, our first goal is awareness. There are hundreds of causes that help our city, our neighbors and our friends and the mission is to show people how to support these causes. Secondly, our team truly believes in the importance of creating a community and what better way to make new friends then to ride together with like-minded folks and have fun while giving back. Lastly, we hope the Do Good Bus experience will inspire passengers to do good again – at work, at home and in their community.
We are based in Los Angeles, CA but have partnerships that allow us to host rides across the US. Reach out and we’ll see if we can host a ride in your city.
MissionOur Mission is to give individuals an opportunity to get involved together, do GOOD together and learn more about their community. We will accomplish these goals by:
- Building awareness of local causes and those in need by offering fun and entertaining Community Rides for like-minded folks to work together to make a difference. As a fun twist, the destination is usually a mystery, which helps keep everyone open-minded.
- Creating a unique community of new friends, teammates, students or employees by harnessing the power of working together, team-building and fun and games.
- Encouraging riders to make a difference in the future by continuing to support the causes we visit.
Whether it is small disaster relief, homeless issues, helping kids and animals, or improving your neighborhood…we are here to give you access to causes in your community – all you have to do is hop on the bus!
While the name implies we simply “do good”, there is much more the Do Good Bus offers. Our number one goal on the bus is to ensure everyone has a good experience — from the passenger to the non-profit. That includes: feeling accomplished, feeling informed about the cause’s mission, keeping energy and spirits high and having an organized and efficient experience. Secondly, our goal is to create new bonds and strengthen existing ones through unique team building with a “do good” twist. Our experience working with over 100 non-profits across the country has given us expertise in ensuring both the non-profit and the volunteer end their day feeling inspired and connected. For us, it’s more than doing good…it’s creating community.
Our Board Members
Craig Murray is the founder and CEO of CMP Entertainment Group, Inc., and mOcean, one of the largest creative marketing/design and commercial production agencies in the entertainment industry.
Founded in 1986, his company currently consists of over 150 employees in Burbank and West Los Angeles and creates trailer, broadcast, digital, online and print campaigns for a wide variety of studio and network clients. These include Disney, Warner Brothers, Fox, Paramount, F/X, HBO, Showtime, TNT the Discovery Network and TLC.
Murray serves on the board of directors of the Chrysalis organization, the Burbank Arts for All Foundation and is a member of the National Leadership Council for Michigan State’s College of Music. He and his wife, Lisa, have three daughters, ages 27, 25 and 23 and reside in Burbank.
Co-Founder, Dogeared Jewelry
Merlin Clarke is Co-Founder and “Head of Happenings” at Dogeared, the California-based jewelry brand synonymous with real style and meaningful messages. Merlin and his wife, Marcia Maizel-Clarke, started Dogeared on the sunny beaches of Southern California in 1991. His role and personal mission are to ensure that the company grows while remaining true to a set of core values and new business practices which reflect a socially responsible philosophy that’s built into Dogeared’s DNA.
Merlin spearheaded Dogeared’s initiative to become one of the first Certified B Corporations (B-Corps) – a certification awarded by meeting high standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. Dogeared received its first certification in 2011.
Co-Founder, Piper Preschool
Jesse is the co-founder and CEO of Piper Preschool and co-founder of Cassidy Preschool in Santa Monica, CA. Opening in January 2014, Piper Preschool is the largest preschool center in Los Angeles County. At Piper, he is the lead strategist over community culture, branding, expansion, operations, and marketing.
He is also the founder of the 807 Center, a community center approach to connecting local families with classes, concerts, lectures, and various other events.
Jesse serves on the West LA School Safety Board and is currently creating a standardized safety system for private child-care centers, elementary schools, and high schools in the area. He is also involved with Baby2Baby, Baby Buggy, and Present Now non-profits.
The BusThe Official Do Good Bus is a 1976 Crown Bus that has been restored and retrofitted to create a unique experience for all of our doGOODers. You can see pictures from the remodel here.
Unique features on the bus include:
- Cause Cases – vintage suitcases underneath the seats to gather donation items for local causes
- Charity Gumball Machines – proceeds benefit a featured cause each quarter
- “Face-to-Face” seating
CausesThe best way to bring a community together is to help your neighbors.
We help local non-profits, indivduals and groups in our community. While The Do Good Bus supports and visits official 501c3 non-profits, our mission is also to help individuals and families in need in our own neighborhoods.
We are honored to be a 1% for the Planet member.
Why the mystery?Everyone likes a little mystery, right?
We keep our rides a secret to add an element of fun, but also to avoid any pre-conceived ideas or opinions about the causes we visit. This allows volunteers to show up with an open mind ready to help.
The doGOODers behind this unique idea have been working with organizations like Friends of El Faro and LA Guerilla Gardening for many years. After continually being asked by friends, “How can I get involved?”, the group decided to put all their friends on a bus and show them EXACTLY how to get involved.
In addition to doing GOOD, it was also important the bus offered a sense of community and a little fun. Inspired by a 30th birthday on a party bus, the Do Good team had found the perfect combination for an unforgettable experience.
When we’re not hosting our Community Rides for the public, we partner with companies and groups to take them on Corporate Rides and Hosted Rides throughout their cities. We’ve worked with some pretty amazing groups and celebrated a lot of birthdays on the bus! You can also read what people have to say on our testimonials page.
You can also see blog posts about some of our favorite past rides.
* Groups have ridden multiple times!
PAST CORPORATE CLIENTS
ABC Disney TV
American Contract Furniture, Inc.
Association of Corporate Council
Beverly Hilton Hotel
Falcon Waterfee Technologies
Johnson & Johnson*
Music for Relief
PAST BIRTHDAYS, SCHOOLS, AND UNIQUE RIDES
Amanda’s Altruistic Adventure
Chaminade High School
Foster The People
Kelly’s Surprise Birthday
Kevin Celebration of Life
KIND “Surf to Ski”
Kollin Bar Mitzvah
LAUSD Linked Learning