Next Stop, Volunteering! The Do Good Bus Makes Community Service Easy (and Fun) Next Stop, Volunteering! The Do Good Bus Makes Community Service Easy (and Fun)
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Next Stop, Volunteering! The Do Good Bus Makes Community Service Easy (and Fun)

by Alissa Walker

March 25, 2011

A recent trip took volunteers to Camp Harmony, which provides homeless children with a camp experience for a week, where they set up a carnival for the kids. Another visited a workshop run by 826 LA, where volunteers helped high school seniors write their college essays. "People were nervous about that one," says Pontius, remembering how attendees fretted about their less-than-stellar grammar skills. "But they came out and said they couldn't believe how much they could help in four hours."

Volunteers who board the bus pay a small fee to cover costs, which include drinks and a catered lunch for the group, plus the rental of a theme-appropriate bus (if they're going to help a school, of course they're renting a vintage school bus). And the bus is always looking for sponsors and new places to dispatch their do-gooders. Pontius says they favor grassroots and homegrown organizations. "We really try to find causes that are very local so people can go back and help again."

This weekend, you can catch them at the TOMS Give Shop, a week of events sponsored by our friends at TOMS Shoes, which is taking place at Space 15 Twenty in Hollywood. The Do Good Bus will be boarding at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 27, but this outing has a bit of a twist. Bring your bike—you'll be riding to your service opportunity. Be sure to RSVP here and report back to us on the good you do.

Photos by Bonnie Hawthorne

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