Do Good Bus Takes Philanthropy On the Road

Winter Road Trip Stops in Orlando, NYC, Salt Lake City, Seattle

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4, 2013 — To paraphrase Beat poet Thom Gunn, sometimes, you just gotta go. The Do Good Bus did just that — hitting the road last weekend and making the first stop of its Winter Road Trip in Orlando. More than 30 volunteers hopped on and were transported to the nearby city of Winter Park for a day of gardening and beautification with Rebuilding Together Orlando and Keep Winter Park Beautiful.

The Do Good Bus is an opportunity for everyone from students to retirees to get involved and help local communities through one-day community service projects. Volunteers need only sign up and show up — once they hop on the bus, the dedicated Do Good staff does the rest. Each trip is different, and the twist is that the volunteer destination is a secret. Do Good-ers take a leap of faith boarding the yellow school bus, not knowing where they’ll end up or what they’ll do when they get there.

“We want to raise awareness of all the great ways each of us can help our city, our neighbors and our friends,” said Rebecca Pontius, founder of the Do Good Bus. “We keep it a mystery to make it fun, and to get people on board with an open mind.

“In Winter Park, we helped transform an urban street scape into a comfortable, green community gathering space. Though our projects in New York, Salt Lake and Seattle will be different, I know we’ll have the same kind of community impact.”

The Do Good team strives to create a sense of community — and what better way to make new friends then to ride together with like-minded folks and have fun while giving back. Pontius and her team organize ice-breakers and games to get volunteers interacting. They also make time for local non-profit partners to educate the bus riders about their causes, hoping to inspire continued support after the bus ride is over.

The Do Good Bus will make its next stop in New York City on Saturday, Feb. 16, followed by Seattle (Mar. 2) and Salt Lake City (Feb. 23). Tickets are still available for all three cities and start at $30. Beverages and lunch are included; in general the time commitment is four to five hours.

More details about the Do Good Bus and how to sign up for one of the upcoming rides are at Hop on the bus and help your community!