The popular Voodoo-themed doughnut shops (there are two locations in Portland) recently teamed up with Urban Opportunities to launch the Voodoo Van, a hot-pink former utility truck that now serves as a rolling showcase for Voodoo's imaginative doughnut creations.
Using Twitter to announce where it will be on any given day, the van pops up around town, serving many of the same crazy varieties available at its bricks-and-mortar locations: Voodoos (voodoo doll-shaped doughnuts with raspberry “blood” filling), Bacon Maple Bars (maple bars topped with strips of real bacon), Portland Cremes (Portland's official city doughnut) and even vegan doughnuts.
Here's a tip for meeting planners and tour operators: The van can be booked to make appearances at special events.
While the doughnuts are delicious, the van has an even sweeter purpose. It's operated by Urban Opportunities, a nonprofit job-readiness training program for homeless, at-risk and under-supported youth. The kids staff the van, earning $8.75 an hour while picking up valuable customer-service and sales skills along the way. All proceeds from Voodoo Van sales go back to Urban Opportunities.