#WATWB: A Mobile Movement

“A new type of volunteer opportunity is coming to the Fox Cities this spring in the form of the Give Back Bus. For a small donation, the Give Back Bus will transport riders on altruistic adventures around the Fox Cities area. But there’s a twist – destinations will not be revealed until the bus arrives at its final stop. Trips are generally four hours long and there is no limit to the scope of projects planned. Volunteers could help clean up a local park, serve meals at a shelter or build a house for a family in need.

This initiative was pioneered by members of 2017 Leadership Fox Cities, a community-based professional development program which is part of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with The Volunteer Center in Appleton.

The Give Back Bus experience will inspire passengers to do good again – at work, at home and in their community,” says Kristin Cates, marketing director for The Volunteer Center.

The Give Back Bus is modeled after similar programs, the closest of which is located in Washington County. Its goals are to bring excitement to volunteering while connecting people and organizations, as well as promote civic engagement and build community pride by focusing on education and urgent, sometimes invisible, needs in the community.

The bus offers two types of rides: community rides for local residents and corporate rides focused on team bonding excursions. The first community ride is scheduled for Saturday, April 14 with the goal of hosting monthly trips. Trips are currently recommended for participants ages 18 and up, but family-friendly rides are being planned for the future.”

I was given the opportunity to join the April 14th bus after a few people cancelled. However, that was the weekend of an April blizzard and I note on the web page that the first ride of this extraordinary idea didn’t leave the garage. I’m on an email list for future dates and hope to find out first-hand where the bus will take its passengers and how we can give back to the Fox Cities community.

Stay tuned.

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41 responses to #WATWB: A Mobile Movement

  1. dweezer19 says:

    It sounds like a unique idea. The only glitch I can see is volunteers who may not be up for or suited to the designated task once they arrive. I hope you get called again Mary. I look forward to hearing about your adventure.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      There will definitely be a post if I make it on the bus. I’m very curious about the volunteer opportunities the bus will take people to on these rides.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      It’s very unique and an idea that could spread to other communities. I really love the forward and creative thinkers in the Fox Cities.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Oh absolutely. Spreading the love of people on a bus has to be rewarding for the riders, but oh so helpful to the people receiving the love.

  2. Dan Antion says:

    I’m back! I know, I already liked this and commented, but it’s my first time as a co-host for #WATWB and I wanted to make it official. I know, you’re a co-host too, but you’re on my list. I hope you have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend – thanks again for participating and supporting #WATWB

    • bikerchick57 says:

      You’re welcome, Dan. No Facilities is on my list, so that means I have 12 to go after work today. Enjoy your duties and the many wonderful posts that you’ll read through the weekend.

      • Dan Antion says:

        I am going to try to read as many as I can over the weekend. I do enjoy these posts.

  3. Joanne Sisco says:

    It’s too bad your first attempt was cancelled by bad weather. I hope you get on the next one – or at least one soon.
    Like Dweezer, I had the same initial thought … not knowing what the activity will be could leave participants improperly prepared.

    Good luck, Mary. This has all the makings of an interesting experience!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I am guessing that those in charge have already taken into account the activity vs. abilities. I’m sure it will be fine.

      • Joanne Sisco says:

        I was thinking more along the lines of needing rubber boots to tromp around an outdoor area doing cleanup vs working indoors.
        Either way, I’m sure you will have a rewarding experience 🙂

  4. What an innovative idea. It sounds like fun to be involved in a do-good adventure, and I look forward to hearing when you get a chance to participate.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I would guess the second bus will be scheduled after May and I hope I’m available for whatever date that may be.

  5. Susan Scott says:

    I also look forward to the follow up Mary … it’s a great idea! People like to have a common purpose. Great post thank you!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      #WATWB has been a wonderful journey in finding out what my community has to offer. It’s amazing once you poke your head out the door. 😉

      • I read my local newspaper every day with an eye out for uplifting stories to share. I know there is a lot going on in the community around me that doesn’t make it into the news. Always nice to read about it though. 🙂

  6. Shilpa Garg says:

    This sounds like a fab initiative. Looking forward to read your experiences in Give Back Bus ride, Mary! 🙂

  7. Kalpana says:

    I love the idea of a Give Back Bus. I’m looking forward to hearing how it went when you do finally get a go at it.

  8. Norah says:

    What an exciting project, encouraging people to get involved at a “grassroots’ level in their own communities.

  9. JoAnna says:

    Go, Mary! I’m impressed by your sense of adventure, not knowing the destination. But that does add an element of excitement. 🙂

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I’m usually willing to try something once, JoAnna, as long as it doesn’t involve sky diving or bungee jumping. 😉

  10. G Angela says:

    Wow I just loved this idea and hats of for the person who initiated this kind of community involvement, thanks for sharing such an interesting idea:)

    • bikerchick57 says:

      You’re welcome. I’m waiting to hear when the next bus will be heading out so I can sign up. I think it will be a positive and rewarding day.

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