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Causes: Education

Mission: The mission of School on Wheels is to enhance educational opportunities for homeless children from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Our goal is to shrink the gaps in their education and provide them with the highest level of education possible.

Results: In 2010, School on Wheels achieved the following milestones: Opened a new Learning Center in Skid Row, Los Angeles Tutored 1,400 students Recruited and trained 1,501 volunteer tutors Provided 6,270 students with backpacks filled with school supplies Distributed 454 school uniforms and 3,600 bus tokens Awarded three scholarships

Target demographics: Homeless Children K-12th Grade

Direct beneficiaries per year: 6000 Homeless students throughout Southern California

Geographic areas served: Southern California

Programs: Our program serves as a consistent support system to homeless students at a time of great stress and fear. We bring the message to our students that they are cared about and important. We do this by offering: One-on-one weekly tutoring with a volunteer Backpacks, school supplies and school uniforms A toll-free number for kids to keep in touch with us (800-923-1100) Assistance in entering school Help in locating lost records Guidance for parents in educational matters for their children A learning center located in the heart of Skid Row Tutoring in seven major regions in Southern California, including Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

While researching non-profits where I could volunteer and directly work with members of my community, I found School on Wheels. My work schedule made it tough for me to directly tutor a child so I have chosen to donate financially to their mission instead. They are a wonderful organization providing a much-needed service to the thousands of homeless children in Southern California. Sadly there are too many kids who might fall through the cracks and School on Wheels does what they can to help students succeed and thrive.

6 Lorraine8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

School on Wheels is an amazing non-profit volunteer organization helping homeless and displaced children all over Southern California. I started volunteering over a year ago and have helped 3 children in a local shelter get the homework help that they needed. I currently continue to tutor a student weekly and it is one of my favorite moments of my week, by far. To be able to make a difference in a child's life and reiterate the importance of education, is something I am extremely proud of. This is a win-win situation and I am so happy to be a part of it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with School On Wheels in Los Angeles' Skid Row since September. The people running this program are dedicated, talented and passionate. The kids are met at the bus, which drops them off in the heart of Skid Row. They are escorted by volunteers and staff to the program. There, they are given a snack. Then it's time for homework. The staff attends to each child's (sometimes up to 25), making sure they are on task and up to speed. At the end of the day, they are either picked up by a parent or escorted back to the shelter. School On Wheels provides a valuable service to an otherwise forgotten part of our community. Many Thanks for all your efforts and good works!!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i got involved with School on Wheels when they came to a local art studio for a field trip. I could tell instantly that all the staff had a genuine concern for the children and their efforts to do educational outreach. This charity fills a critical gap in supporting education for foster and homeless children. The cycle of poverty ends when there is a collective commitment to education and literacy. School on Wheels is a life changing organzation for all of those involved.

2 Alicia15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at School on Wheels has been the most rewarding volunteer experience of my life. I was connected with awesomely inspirational youth and was able to help them in a very direct way with very little time commitment. Everybody I ever worked with at this organization was kind. professional. and truly believed in the power of what we were doing.

1 Diana28

Volunteer

Rating: 5

School on Wheels is a great organization to volunteer with. Not only are they caring, and provide a truly valuable service, they are also very organized. So, volunteering with them means you're able to make maximum impact with the time and skills you're able to give. Best of all, the kids and parents do make the most of what the volunteers have to offer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

School on Wheels has been an amazing part of my life. I enjoy helping kids succeed and am proud to serve under a great staff that supports you and the child/children you tutor. I started out as a tutor, once a week, and quickly grew found of the organization, motivating me to take on a larger role and even devote more of my time to the cause. I am a college student taking way too many units and also work part-time, so if I can make this commitment, anyone can. I highly encourage anyone School on Wheels because it is a very rewarding and simple way for one to give back to the community in a profound way!

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a teacher, I organized a fundraiser for the organization where we used the money to purchase backpacks and various supplies. My students were beyond thrilled when they researched the program! The staff was extremely grateful, helpful, and inspiring. We have continued the project yearly due to the mission of the program and the passion in the staff.

1 Edwin E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great volunteer opportunity for a cause truly humbles you as a person and gives you perspective.

5 Rachelle L.

Donor

Rating: 5

I used to volunteer with School on Wheels and now I'm a donor. This is an incredible organization with an impact that is immediately visible in the students and communities they work with. Their dedication, ingenuity and tireless commitment to helping homeless children get an education is nothing short of inspirational. I'm proud to have worked with them and will continue my support.