Become a Volunteer

Being a tutor to a homeless child doesn’t take a lot of time, but the impact is enormous – for both of you. Our volunteers come from all backgrounds and professions with one goal: to make a positive difference in the life of a homeless student.

Every week,our volunteers give hope, educational assistance and support to the thousands of homeless children living in Southern California. Last year, we had the privilege of working with over 1,800 volunteers! But every year, the number of homeless children grows.  We need your help.  Here are the volunteer opportunities available to you at School on Wheels:

 volunteer tutoring one-on-one Tutor - Volunteer tutors provide hope and educational assistance to a homeless child through weekly one-on-one tutoring. Or you may be a part of group tutoring interacting with several other tutors and students.To find out more, click here.
 volunteer family tutoring Family Tutoring - Young people (ages 12 – 15) may tutor with an adult family member or guardian. To find out more, click here.
 high school volunteer tutor  High School Tutor – If you are 16 to 18 years of age, and working towards high school graduation, with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher you can become a tutor. To find out more click here.
 tutor coordinator Tutor Coordinator – Help School on Wheels serve more homeless children and practice your leadership skills. Become a Tutor Coordinator and lead a group of tutors! For more information click here.
 volunteer opportunities Other Volunteer Opportunities – Interested in volunteering for a day, internships or administrative work?  For more information on non-tutor volunteering, click here.


Here are the easy steps to become a School on Wheels Volunteer:

 School on Wheels Application Step 1: Apply – Complete our brief application form. Click the button above to start. Applicants between the ages of 12 and 15 must submit an additional application from a parent or legal guardian. High School Applicants must provide a teacher as a reference on your application form and notify them that School on Wheels will be contacting them by email.


 family tutoring Step 2: Complete Online Orientation – Once you submit your application, you will receive a link to our Online Orientation. It lasts approximately an hour and, for your convenience, does not have to be completed in one sitting.  You must complete the Orientation before you can move forward.


 family tutoring Step 3: (For Tutors only) Attend a Follow-Up Tutor Training & Complete Live Scan – After completing the Online Orientation, your next step is to attend our in person Tutor Training. Go to our Event Calendar to see our upcoming Training dates and RSVP online. We also require that all of our volunteers complete a Live Scan fingerprint background checkPlease note that we will have Live Scan Service at all of our Follow-Up Tutor Trainings for $35.


 School on Wheels one-on-one tutoring  Step 4: Matching – Making the right student/tutor match is a very important step. As soon as you have completed the above requirements, your Regional Coordinator will call you for an informal interview. We will review your availability, location and grade preference. This is also a good time for you to discuss any further questions or concerns you may have. Upon completion of the interview, your Coordinator will match you with your student and have you tutoring as soon as possible!


We ask for a one year commitment from our tutors.  The longer you remain with our program, the more experience and training you gain to help your student.  We do understand however, that this isn’t always possible.  Please contact School on Wheels if you have questions about the length of time that you can commit to volunteering.

For any questions about our application process, please read our FAQ’s. If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us: (213) 896-9200 or email Kyle McDonough, our Applications Coordinator: kmcdonough (at)

“Thank you for wanting to make a difference in the life of a homeless child. Nothing is more precious than your time which you are generously offering” – Agnes Stevens, Founder