October 17, 2011 | Issue #108

Foster The People Teams With ‘The Do Good Bus’

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A mobile charity organization called The Do Good Bus has partnered with the indie rock band Foster the People to promote awareness of local charities across the country.

The Do Good Bus works like any other tour operator, but instead of taking guests to a sporting event or a festival, they take groups of volunteers to charities in their community.

The project was started by two non-profit professionals from Los Angeles, Rebecca Pontius and Stephen Snedden. The two came up with the idea when Pontius's brother rented a party bus for her 30th birthday and they realized they could use it to do volunteer work with their friends.

"I thought if we had a party atmosphere, but then did something good at the same time, we could show them how to volunteer," Pontius told ReminderNews.com.

The birthday party volunteer trip was a success, and since then they have taken the bus to help pass out burritos to homeless people, sold hugs for charity at a farmers market and brought school supplies to an orphanage in Mexico.

Now they are following Foster the People on their national tour (Pontius's brother, Mark is the band's drummer) volunteering time for local charities at each stop along the way. So far they have worked with charities in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Maryland and Connecticut.

Click here to learn more about The Do Good Bus.