Help a homeless child.
Become a School on Wheels tutor.
With one hour a week, change two lives.
Yours and theirs.


School on Wheels' volunteers give hope, educational assistance and support to the thousands of homeless children living in Southern California.

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"The homeless children I work with have given me so much. I can only hope I have given as much to them in return by making a positive impact on their lives.” - Karen McCarthy Tutor of the Month

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1.6 million children are homeless annually in the United States.

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Our volunteers provide one-on-one tutoring for homeless children K through 12 who live in shelters, motels, group foster homes, cars and on the streets.

Volunteer Opportunities

One-on-One Tutoring
Group Volunteering
Volunteer at one of our Learning Centers
Family and Youth Volunteering

Volunteer in Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Long Beach, San Fernando Valley, and more


There are four easy steps to become a School on Wheels volunteer:
  1. Apply
  2. Complete Online Orientation
  3. Attend a Follow-Up Tutor Training
  4. Complete a Fingerprint and Background Check

For more information please visit our volunteer page.

School on Wheels student Yhomira Lopez

“I was afraid of telling kids at my school that I was homeless, because I didn’t want to be judged,” says School on Wheels student and high school graduate, Yhomira Lopez. “I knew early on that the power of an education would help me change my life.”

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What's New?

Pechanga Raises Money for School on Wheels

Pechanga Band of Mission Indians recently hosted the 16th annual Pechanga Charity Golf Classic and raised more than $100,000 for the Semper Fi Fund, School on Wheels, Operation SafeHouse, and United Friends of the Children.

Homeless High School Students in LA Helped by School on Wheels

June 17th, 2014.  PBS NewsHour – Finishing High School can be an uphill battle; for homeless students, it can be like facing a mountain of challenges. School on Wheels Program Director, Matt Raab, is interviewed for PBS NewsHour about School on Wheels … Read More

Al Jazeera America – Homeless in America – 06-03-2014 [VIDEO]

Jennifer London reports on School on Wheels high school graduate, Yhomira, who sees Education as a ticket to a brighter future. Al Jazeera America sent a film crew to interview at School on Wheels and you can see the 3-minute … Read More

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