30 Cities, Over 11,000 Miles, 75 Days and $1,767 in Gas

  • Los Angeles
  • Vegas
  • Salt Lake City
  • Denver
  • Wichita
  • Fayetteville
  • Austin
  • San Antonio
  • New Orleans
  • Tampa
  • Orlando
  • Atlanta
  • Nashville
  • St Louis
  • Louisville
  • Newport
  • Wilmington
  • Washington
  • New York City
  • Binghamton
  • Auburn
  • Detroit
  • South Bend / Chicago area
  • St Paul
  • Bismark
  • Billings
  • Spokane
  • Bend
  • Santa Cruz / San Francisco  area
  • 140 Character Conference – Los Angeles

* some cities may change

Last year I thought driving around the country for 3 months helping to spread light on the issues of homelessness and poverty was insane. Of course, this year only validates my insanity, but because I had the courage to take this huge risk there are formerly homeless people sleeping inside as a result of this ‘madness’. The success of last years road trip is too great to measure. Housing programs were started, feeding programs were started, and thousands upon thousands of people who would normally never roll down their car window to talk to a homeless person at an exit ramp now have a new understanding of the realities of life on the streets.  I could have never predicted any of this, but it seems that when I visit a community, depending on the involvement of the community, InvisiblePeople.tv becomes a catalyst for real change.

This year it’s even more exciting because a camera crew will be following me around making a documentary on homelessness using the road trip as a background.

As you may know part of the funding has come from a Pepsi Refresh Grant, and this year I am so honored to have 100kHomes as a sponsor. Also grateful Hanes will be supplying socks, Ford will be lending me a Flex, TubeMogul has donated upgraded services, it looks like Sprint will be helping me with broadband, Pitch Engine continues to allow me to have a newsroom, and Gift Card Giver has helped with fast food cards.

This year, unfortunately, I was not able to find a hotel sponsor. Because each night I have to upload videos and do all kinds of other work it’s important that I have space with internet. I know several people have offered to host, but what happens is we end up talking all night and I don’t get work done. Maybe even more importantly, going into tent cities and under bridges is hard emotional work. Getting rest is important. Hotels are a must.

I Need You!

Without your help none of this will happen. YOU are InvisiblePeople.tv. Every bit of success is because this has always been a WE and not a me. YOU are the amazing people who have supported this great work for the last two years and I am grateful.

Yes, Ford lends me a car, but I still pay for the gas and the oil change, and that is expensive. The Pepsi Grant will help with the expenses, yet I’d rather use that money on the We Are Visible project that will launch later this month. (We Are Visible is a project to teach homeless people social media literacy that will have huge impact)  And to be point blank honest here once again when this road trip is over I am unemployed and without income. Without your continued support this great work stops.

Ways you can help:

  • Talk about the road trip. The more we create a buzz the more change happens
  • Donate here. InvisiblePeople.tv is now a 501(c)(3) so your donation is tax deductible
  • Gas gift cards, Walmart gift cards, Subway gift cards
  • Hold a fundraising tweetup in a city I am visiting
  • Sponsor a hotel (needs to be in downtown areas)
  • Media outreach. Contact your local news media and bloggers
  • Donate one tweet a day click here
  • Pray! Lord knows I need lots of prayer
  • Be creative. Example: Kevin Hendricks is putting together a book to help raise funds


Please note that so many people requested visits that I could not visit everyone. I also had to visit new places this trip. Please don’t take it personal. I want to visit everyone. Even though this road trip ends in October InvisiblePeople.tv will continue to travel so at some point we will connect.

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  • HeartsOfFire

    Awesome work Mark. You are an inspiration to me as we plan our 2010 World Homeless Day Tour, Sept. 15-Oct. 10. Maybe we'll meet some where on the road.

  • Meg

    You are an amazing individual. I truly wish you were coming to Phoenix. All my best and keep up the amazing work.

  • Phil

    Good work! But maybe not the best route. Not sure why you're passing through Dallas and Houston without stopping in them. Both cities have very large homeless populations and very significant poverty. I hope you at least get off the highway at those places. I can understand skipping Memphis, Seattle, and some of the other major cities because they're not along the way, but the difference between those places versus Dallas / Houston is that Dallas and Houston are actually ON your route!