How One Entrepreneur Got the Wheels Turning to Get People Volunteering


Tosten Burks is a contributor for Passion of the Weiss.
He has written for The Fader, GOOD, Grantland, and VICE.

MAR 7, 2016 on

To Rebecca Pontius, the reason more people don’t volunteer is simple: They don’t know where to start. Her solution comes in the form of a remodeled school bus. Pontius, a former event planner, leads “altruistic adventures” in the Do Good Bus, which takes volunteers to mystery service projects around Los Angeles. This is curated community service for the age of information overload. Below, she gives TakePart more insight into how she chooses to do good.

TakePart: How did this idea start?

Rebecca Pontius: It was inspired by my 30th-birthday party on a party bus. We actually didn’t do “good” on that ride, but what inspired me was throwing all these different groups of friends who didn’t really know each other on the bus together. Once they were shoulder-to-shoulder, everybody…read more.



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