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The Do Good Bus Gets People To Pay To Volunteer

Paying to volunteer doesn't seem to make sense until you ride the Do Good Bus. It's a nonprofit that makes volunteering a community and social experience in a unique and fun way.

A nonprofit is now getting people to pay to volunteer in Los Angeles. The Do Good Bus takes strangers and groups of people around LA to do all kinds of volunteer projects, but you’ll have to pay for it. The tickets range from $30 to $45 and 10 percent goes to the cause where the volunteers work. The rest goes to running the nonprofit.

Executive Director Rebecca Pontius said the business has been expanding well since she founded it. “I think people are okay with paying to volunteer because they are a little overwhelmed with where to start or what organization to volunteer with, and so this is sort of a pay your way and then we do the rest for you,” Pontius said.

Many of the volunteers said they were happy to pay because it’s about the experience. “It’s not just volunteering. It’s all the fun that goes along with interacting and being out of your box a little bit more,” said Kristy Smith, one of the volunteers.

“Anybody can donate money, but it’s nice to see where your money is going and to be a part of the good your money will be doing,” said Ashton Ford, another volunteer.

Pontius said the experience also leaves you feeling good—something the Do Good Bus strives for with each and every ride. 

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