An 8 year ride for kids

Put an end to Bullying & Adolescent Suicide

In year 3 of this mission, I introduced a bicycle ride to my travels to raise
awareness about issues kids are having to deal with at far too young an age.
Bullying and Adolescent Suicide are two of these challenging burdens most kids
will unfairly have to overcome throughout the remainder of their lives. At rides
end we will have ridden enough miles to traveled the perimeter of the earth, twice.
My mission on this ride has but one focus: To save kids lives.


June 30th, 2015
The Kindness Bus is in dire need of mechanical repairs…and we don’t have the funds. It is imperative that we have a fundraiser. I am also asking for support for the 2015-2016 school year expenses.
The link below will take you to our fundraising page and video. Please help us by doing your part in supporting this noble mission.
Thank you,
Bob Votruba and Bogart too!!


June 29th, 2015
Below is the Mission Statement for the Begun Center at Case Western Reserve University in the Mandel Community Studies Center building. What a jewel this place is in the City of Cleveland.

The Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education promotes social justice and community development by conducting applied, community-based and interdisciplinary research on the causes and prevention of violence, and by educating and training social workers, teachers, law enforcement and other professionals in the principles of effective violence prevention. The center also develops and evaluates the impact of evidence-based best practices in violence prevention and intervention, and seeks to understand the influence of mental health, substance use, youth development and related issues on violent behavior and public health. The center seeks to advance knowledge through dissemination of information in the scientific literature and attempts to bridge the gap between science and practice to inform public policy related to violence prevention.

This is CLE to Me

June 28th, 2015


I loved seeing this sign in Cleveland. It challenges all of those who love this town to profess their positive thoughts of this great city. Cleveland is truly The City of Kindness.

Child Evangelism Fellowship

June 27th, 2015


I recently had the pleasure of meeting Alex Twum, Regional Director for Education of the CEF. All the way from Ghana, Alex was proud to tell of his teachings of Christ to children.

Bogart Waits

June 26th, 2015


No matter where I travel during the course of the day, Bogart is at the ready to greet me as if I have been gone for weeks on end. What a pleasure it is to have Bogart along on this tour.

Throwback Thursday

June 25th, 2015


This TBT photo is from spring ‘09. The original Kindness Bus was just starting to take shape. Even early on, the message had great meaning.

Gates Mills Nature Camp

June 24th, 2015

One very special place children in Northeast Ohio can attend in summer is the Gates Mills Nature Camp. This camp has about 80, K-5 campers and 10 counselors. It uses hands-on and discovery learning methods to explore the many phenomena in nature, science, math, art and physical education all while building self esteem and positive character in each camper.

One Million Acts of Kindness was given a stellar introduction to the group courtesy of founders, Joe and Carmela Hayes.

Thank you to all.