Foster The People | Do Good Bus

Do Good Bus partnered with Foster The People to inspire community and volunteering across North America. In each city on the band’s tour, the Do Good Bus loaded up with 30 volunteers and took them to a mystery volunteer activity in their community. Our doGOODers did everything from feeding the homeless to recycling mattresses to handing out books to kids. Each city was a unique experience and both Foster The People and the Do Good Bus hope to continue to inspire to do good, no matter where you are.

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WHERE DID WE GO?

These are the places and faces we visited across North America. We hope you’ll click through and read more about them and how they’re changing their communities.

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Scottsdale, AZ | WHEAT

Cause: WHEAT (World Hunger Education Advocacy & Training)

Mission:  To educate, advocate, motivate and empower individuals to action in the fight against hunger.

Activity:  Our group collected professional clothing for locals trying get on their feet.

Get Involved:  Click here to find out more and get involved.

Dallas, TX | North Texas Food Bank

Cause: North Texas Food Bank

Mission: To passionately pursue a hunger-free community.

Activity: Our group prepared over 8,500 meals for families.

Get Involved: Click here for more information on how to get involved.

Austin, TX | Wild Fire Relief Fund

Cause: Wild Fire Relief Fund

Mission: To generate awareness and garner support for Texas volunteer firefighters.

Activity: Our group raised over $12K for volunteer firefighters in Texas. Austin City Limits matched for a total of over $25K going directly to firefighters.

Get Involved: For more information on how to get involved, click here!

Houston, TX | Halo House

Cause: Halo House

Mission: to assist people of all ages who are being treated for a blood cancer by providing them with fully furnished housing at a very low cost while they are undergoing active treatment for their cancer at the Texas Medical Center.

Activity: Our group prepared two fully-furnished apartments for patients who recieve treatment at Texas Medical center for blood cancers.

Get Involved: Click here to find out how to get involved.

New Orleans, LA | Son of A Saint

Cause: Son of A Saint

Mission: To enhance the lives of fatherless young males through mentorship, sports and mental health services.

Activity: Our group played football and basketball with 70 boys who don’t have male role models in their lives.

Get Involved: Click here for more information on how to get involved.

Orlando, FL | Mustard Seed

Cause: Mustard Seed

Mission: To help to rebuild the lives of families and individuals who have suffered disaster or personal tragedy by providing household furnishings and clothing while being environmentally responsible to our community.

Activity: We disassembled 100 old mattresses to be recycled and sold. Money is then used to buy new mattresses for people affected by flood, fire or financial hardship.

Get Involved: For more information on how to get involved, click here!

Atlanta, GA | Piedmont Park Conservancy

Cause: Piedmont Park Conservancy

Mission: To enhance and preserve Piedmont Park as a vital urban green space and as a cultural and recreational resource that enhances the quality of life for all Atlantans.

Activity: Our group got our hands dirty cleaning up trails and landscaping throughout the park.

Get Involved: Click here for more information on how to get involved.

Nashville, TN | Hands On Nashville

Cause: Hands On Nashville

Mission: To meet community needs through volunteerism- addressing issues like hunger, homelessness, and the environment.

Activity: Our group prepared an urban farm for harvest season in an effort to help people who need access to healthy, nutritious food.

Get Involved: For more information on how you can get involved, click here!

Richmond, VA | I Have a Dream Foundation

Cause: I Have a Dream Foundation

Mission: To motivate and empower students to reach their educational and career goals by providing resources, enrichment opportunities, tutoring and mentoring.

Activity: Our group distributed more than 1700 books to elementary students in Richmond.

Get Involved: For more information on how to get involved, click here!

Washington, DC | Grassroot Project

Cause: Grassroot Project

Mission: To use sports to educate at-risk youth in the community about HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.

Activity: Our group played games with 8th grade students in a program spreading awareness about HIV and AIDS prevention.

Get Involved: Click here for more information on how to get involved.

New York, NY | The Door

Cause: The Door

Mission: To empower young people to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment.

Activity: Our group sorted emergency clothing for runaway and homeless youth.

Get Involved: For more information on how to get involved, click here!

Toronto, ON | Arts for Children & Youth

Cause: Arts for Children and Youth

Mission: To provide opportunities for children and youth in under-resourced communities and schools to engage meaningfully and actively in hands-on, high quality arts education.

Activity: Our group raised over $400 for the program which provides Toronto children with art experiences.

Get Involved: Want to get involved? Click here for more information!

Boston, MA | Boston Natural Areas Network

Cause: Boston Natural Areas Network

Mission: Works to preserve and develop community open space for sustainable purposes by creating community gardens, urban wilds, and greenways.

Activity: Our group planted 10 trees at Pope John Paul II Park.

Get Involved: Click here for more information on how to get involved!

Columbus, OH | Local Matters

Cause: Local Matters

Mission: To change the food system of Columbus through education and easy access to healthy, affordable , and sustainable foods.

Activity: Our group harvested crops and planted fruit trees and tulips at one of 90 community gardens.

Get Involved: For more information on how to get involved, click here!

Indianapolis, IN | Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

Cause: Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

Mission: To unite diverse communities under the common motive of creating and maintaining a beautiful place to live – “helping people and nature thrive”.

Activity: Our group cleaned up two local Indianapolis parks.

Get Involved: To get involved with KIB, click here!

Chicago, IL | Gaia Movement

Cause: Gaia Movement

Mission: To raise public awareness of pressing environmental issues, and take action to protect our earth.

Activity: Our group sorted and cleaned books and toys that wil be distributed to kids during the holiday season.

Get Involved: For more information on how to get involved, click here!

Seattle, WA | Nature Consortium

Cause: Nature Consortium

Mission: A grassroots community-based organization working to  to connect people, arts and nature through Youth Art Program, an Urban Forest Restoration Program and the Arts in Nature Festival.

Activity: Our group planted trees and plants to restore the West Duwamish Greenbelt.

Get Involved: Click here for more information and ways to get involved!

Vancouver, BC | Union Gospel Mission

Cause: Union Gospel Mission

Mission: To demonstrate God’s transforming love, ease the burden of the most vulnerable, rebuild the lives of the broken and offer dignity to those who feel cast aside.

Activity: Our group helped serve Thanksgiving dinner and distributed eyeglasses and socks to over 3000 low-income and homeless locals.

Get Involved: For more information on how to get involved with Union Gospel Mission, click here!

Portland, OR | Oregon Food Bank

Cause: Oregon Food Bank

Mission: To eliminate hunger and its root causes … because no one should be hungry.

Activity: Our group packaged 9,693 lbs of onions to be distributed to families in need.

Get Involved: Click here  for more information on how to get involved!

San Francisco, CA | Golden Gate National Park Conservancy

Cause: Golden Gate National Park Conservancy

Mission: To preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, enhance the park visitor experience, and build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future.

Activity: Our group worked at Lobos Creek Valley on habitat restoration.

Get Involved: For more information and ways to get involved yourself, click here!

Los Angeles, CA | LAGG & Westside Global Awareness Magnet School

We visited two causes in LA!

Cause: Westside Global Awareness Magnet

Mission: To provide over 400 students with a gifted and talented program with an emphasis on environmental education.

Activity: Our team partnered with Joyful Activist to paint a mural and build a 70-ft long raised planting bed for fruit trees.

Cause: L.A. Guerilla Gardening

Mission: To get our hands dirty by starting gardens all over Los Angeles and to be a resource for other potential Guerrilla Gardeners interested in brightening their own communities.

Activity: Our group cleaned up and weeded two local guerrilla gardens and cleaned up a city block near McArthur Park.

Get Involved: Click here for more information!

Pomona, CA | Habitat for Humanity

Cause: Habitat for Humanity

Mission: To work in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. Houses are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged.

Activity: Our group visited their “ReStore” and moved 3.5 tons of building material donations as well as helped paint the inside of the store.

Get Involved: For more information and ways to get involved, click here!

San Diego, CA | Feeding America

Cause: Feeding America

Mission: To build and hunger free and healthy community by distributing fresh, nutritious food throughout San Diego and surrounding community.

Activity: Our group bagged apples for their Farm2Kids program and repackaged pinto beans to be distrubuted to families in need.

Get Involved: Click here for more information and find out ways to get involved! 

Las Vegas, NV | Tonopah Community Garden & Las Vegas Rescue

We visited two causes in Vegas!

Cause: Tonopah Community Garden

Mission: To create a caring and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a sustainable food system and ecofriendly environment.

Activity: Our groups dug a compost pit and mulched and planted new flowers.

Get Involved: Click here to find out more and learn how to get involved!

Cause: Las Vegas Rescue

Mission: To provide redemption, recovery, and re-entry to the homeless, addicted, and those in need through feeding the hungry, support, care, and an introduction to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Activity: Our group prepared a drink station and food for homeless locals and assembled hygiene kits to be distributed to locals trying to get back on their feet.

Get Involved: For more information on how to help, click here!

 

How Will You Do Good?

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A Thank You Letter

Our mom taught us to always write thank you cards.  It’s just good manners.