Hello again everyone!
On Saturday, October 22nd, I went to the first official Do Good Bus ride! It was an awesome experience that ended up being an incredibly influential experience.
But before I talk about the event itself, some light should probably be shed on what exactly the Do Good Bus is. The Do Good Bus is just a regular school bus (for now) meant to transport volunteers to a pre-determined location for a day of service. The ride itself is usually kept secret, so the riders have no preconceived notion of what the day is going to be like.
This concept is a relatively new one, only being done in LA and here, as Volunteer Center Executive Director Sue Millin had informed us on our ride. So those on the ride had an important job of evaluating the ride and the event so that the experience can improve so it is the best it can be by the time it is open to the public!
The event went excellently, keeping to the schedule and everyone working hard the whole time. Before we got to work though, we met in Regner Park’s parking lot and got a ride to the Full Shelf Food Pantry in West Bend.
When we arrived, we were given the privilege of getting a tour of the food pantry by Board President Al Pauli. It was really an eye opener for how many people really need this food. Every month, 200 families don’t need the services, but 200 new families that have never been there before need them and come into the food pantry. That’s 200 - 2,200 new people that need food every month, (going by the numbers that Al provided, 1 - 11 people per family) along with the people that already need the food.
In response to the needs of the food pantry, the Rotary Club hosts Enchantment in the Park every year to help collect food for the Full Shelf Food Pantry.
The Rotary Club asks for donations in either packaged food or about $10. The money goes towards the Club to keep it running and to pay for the expenses of the event, but the food goes directly to the Full Shelf Food Pantry.
This is why, after the tour of the pantry, we went back on the Do Good Bus and went back to Regner Park to help the Rotary Club set up for Enchantment. October seems like too early to start setting up lights for a Christmas event, but because Regner is so big, and the whole park is being decorated, it takes a lot of time to set up. Not to mention that Enchantment is going to be open right after Thanksgiving.
Speaking of things coming up soon, the Do Good Bus is set to launch to the public by January of 2017! That means that other events like this will be opening up to the general public, where you get to hop on, and do good.
Maybe I’ll see some of you there!
I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, and I hope you do good in the coming weeks!