Volunteer Roles


Tutoring Responsibilities

  • Commit to tutor your student one hour a week on a consistent basis
  • Inspire your student to develop a positive attitude towards learning and provide academic assistance
  • Log all your tutoring hours weekly via our online tracking system
  • Notify School on Wheels when your student needs a backpack, school supplies, uniforms or books
  • Maintain an open line of communications with your student’s parents, teacher and School on Wheels’ Coordinator
  • Commit to being a positive influence on your homeless student’s life by tutoring consistently
  • Exemplify School on Wheels’ values, ethics and integrity

Tutor Coordinator Description

The role of the Tutor Coordinator is to provide ongoing support to homeless students by matching them with volunteer tutors and serving as the liaison between the tutors, the shelter/location, and School on Wheels.


  • Match children with tutors in a timely manner
  • Ensure that all parties (shelter staff, students, tutors, and School on Wheels) know the days and times of tutoring assignments
  • Maintain database of tutor and student information
  • Support and encourage volunteer tutors


  • A minimum of two hours of communications with tutors every week
  • A minimum of two weekly visits to location
  • 18 years old and have a high school diploma
  • Minimum of three months experience as a School on Wheels tutor

Other Volunteering Opportunities

Individuals – We love Interns!  Are you available for a few hours a week to help our office staff with administrative tasks?  Please email volunteers [at] schoolonwheels.org

Additionally, we have ongoing AmeriCorps VISTA full-time one-year positions available. Please visit the AmeriCorps section on our website for more information.

If you have additional skills such as fundraising, public speaking, event planning, technology, workshop facilitation, etc. we would love to hear from you.

Group Opportunities

If you are part of a group and would like to volunteer with School on Wheels here are some suggested activities:

Sorting and packing -  We need help sorting the school supplies and stuffing the backpacks we receive throughout the year.  If you love crayons and pencils then this is the volunteer position for you!

Canvassing – Help spread the word about School on Wheels and attract more volunteer tutors.  We will provide your group with fliers and posters to canvas your local area with information about School on Wheels.  Make it a fun event/offer prizes!  We will keep you posted on new volunteers that your group recruited.

Tabling –  Set up tables or booths at your local store or place of work and talk up School on Wheels!  We will provide you with all the materials that you will need.  Your volunteers can watch an online video so that they become experts on who we are and what we do.

Computers/Technology – If you would like to help at one of our learning centers, our computers always need attention and love.

Motel Outreach – Watch our online training video and work with a Regional Coordinator in your area to plan a day of outreach.  We distribute supplies and information to families living in motels and campgrounds.

Party Planning – We can match your group with a local shelter to provide a surprise party, birthday party or holiday party for students living there.

Host a recruiting event – Set up a table with information about School on Wheels at your place of work or a local store/location.

Host backpack drive – Set up a backpack or school supply drive at your place of work or at an event.  We can provide you with all the materials you will need.