Portland fans give back locally as part of Foster the People's "Foster the Future" Tour
Twenty-five Foster the People fans boarded the Do Good Bus, a transportable community service venture, this afternoon at the Roseland Theatre in Portland and embarked on a trip to an unknown location for a mystery service project.
The Do Good Bus dropped them at Oregon Food Bank where Do Good Bus volunteers packaged 9,693 lbs of onions for Oregon Food Banks’ network agencies to distribute to families in need. Riverpoint Farms in Hermiston donated the onions to the food bank.
According to Oregon Food Bank, approximately 535,000 Oregonians lived below the poverty rate in 2010 and growing levels of long-term unemployment forced more people to seek food.
“We couldn’t do our work without volunteers,” said Jean Kempe-Ware, spokesperson for Oregon Food Bank. “Due to long-term unemployment the need for emergency food has never been greater. We’re so grateful for the Do Good Bus and encourage other people to come join us at Oregon Food Bank and volunteer.”
The Do Good Bus is accompanying Foster the People on its “Foster the Future” fall tour. The Bus hopes to “do good” by giving fans opportunities to give back locally and volunteer with organizations that better their communities.
“Going out and volunteering sounds simple, but many people don’t volunteer because they don’t know where to start,” said Mark Foster, lead singer of Foster the People. "When we first started the band, our main focus – besides music – was to do something that would help people. We didn't have any specific cause in mind, but we knew we wanted to get involved in charity work. The Do Good Bus is perfect because we'll do something different every day that will match the needs of the city we're in. It's a great way to show people how to volunteer and will hopefully inspire them to continue volunteering where they live.”
“We hope today’s experience inspires people to continue to give back – both with Oregon Food Bank and other local nonprofits,” said Rebecca Pontius, co-founder of the Do Good Bus. “If we’ve provided first-time volunteer experiences, encouraged seasoned volunteers to lead projects and inspired people who have never volunteered to try it on their own, we did good in Portland.”
In the weeks leading up to the tour, Foster the People fans applied online for spots on the Do Good Bus. As part of their applications, volunteers explained what community meant to them. Fans also nominated organizations for potential service projects. The Do Good Bus staff then selected a charity after speaking with the nominated organizations to determine which were most in need of enthusiastic volunteers.
“I’m going to see if I can volunteer more,” said Jesse Gonzales, a 24-year-old Portland resident. “I just moved here, and I love how everyone on the Do Good Bus ride today is having fun and getting along and getting to know each other.”
ABOUT OREGON FOOD BANK
Oregon Food Bank believes no one should be hungry. With sufficient public will and support of the entire community, we believe it is possible to eliminate hunger and its root causes.
Since 1982, Oregon Food Bank has led the fight against hunger in Oregon and southwest Washington by collecting and distributing food through a network of four OFB branches and 16 independent regional food banks. The OFB Network helps nearly 1 in 5 households fend off hunger. OFB also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through advocacy, nutrition education, garden education and helping communities strengthen local food systems.
People interested in volunteering with Oregon Food Bank may visit www.oregonfoodbank.org.
ABOUT THE DO GOOD BUS
The Los Angeles-based Do Good Bus promises altruistic adventurism to a bus full of passengers by taking them to a mystery volunteer activity where they will help a local cause in a fun and social environment. During each ride, the Bus strives to create awareness for local causes, create community among its passengers and encourage ongoing support for causes it visits.
This fall, Do Good Bus takes its community-service ventures national and accompanies Foster the People on the band’s “Foster the Future” tour. While on tour, the Do Good Bus takes 30 fans in each city to a mystery location to complete a community service project. Following Do Good Bus tradition, all of the projects and service locations remain secret until the Do Good Bus arrives on the project site. For more information, please visit www.dogoodbus.com and follow The Do Good Bus on Twitter at twitter.com/DoGoodBus.
ABOUT FOSTER THE PEOPLE
Los Angeles-based indie-pop trio Foster the People released their chart-topping, critically acclaimed debut Torches this May. The album made its Billboard debut at #8 and includes the bands certified platinum single Pumped Up Kicks. Foster the People will continue to tour the world this fall on its Foster the Future tour. With sold-out shows in nearly every market and a live set that's undeniably energetic, this is a band who you won't want to miss in 2011! For more information about Foster the People, please visit: www.fosterthepeople.com.