Category: Fundraisers

Jun 9

10 Father’s Day Facts

Sunday, June 18, is Father’s Day

Here is everything you need to know about Father’s Day which is celebrated around the world on the third Sunday in June.

  1. According to Hallmark, Father’s Day is the fourth-largest card-sending occasion
  2. Fifty percent of all Father’s Day cards are purchased for fathers. Almost 20 percent of Father’s Day cards are given to husbands.
  3. A study done at the University of North Carolina found that in terms of genetic makeup, mammals are more like their fathers than their mothers. Even though we get the same amount of genetic mutations from our parents, we actually use more of the DNA we get from our dads. Knowing this information can help in the study of diseases. For example, the severity of a disease can be different if passed down from the mother or the father.
  4. Father’s Day is celebrated worldwide to recognize the contribution that fathers and father figures make to the lives of their children. This day celebrates fatherhood and male parenting. Although it is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide, many countries observe this day on the third Sunday in June.
  5. Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Dodd is credited with starting Father’s Day after hearing a sermon on Mother’s Day. She wanted to honor her father William Jackson Smart, Civil War veteran and widower who raised six children on his own.
  6. Father’s Day vs. Fathers’ Day
    Any grammar geek could find the quandary in this holiday title. Isn’t the day set aside to celebrate all fathers, plural, rather than just an individual? Though Dodd petitioned for the holiday to be written as “Fathers’ Day,” the U.S. Congress used the term “Father’s Day” when they established the day as an official holiday.
  7. The First Father’s Day Card
    One of the earliest dates back roughly 4,000 years. Elmesu, a Babylonian youngster, carved a card out of clay to “wish his father good health and long life.”
  8. Roses for Dad
    And you thought only mom deserved flowers on her special day! Father’s Day’s official flower is the rose. A red rose is worn in your lapel on Father’s Day if your father is living, and a white rose is worn if he has passed away.
  9. The Origin of “Dad”
    While the exact date that the word dad came into use is unknown, it is estimated that it began around the late fifteenth century. It is believed that it was simply derived from baby talk, as in many languages “dada” or “tata” refers to a baby’s acknowledgment of their father.
  10. The best way we think to celebrate your Dad this year is to donate to School on Wheels in his honor!
    By sending a personalized E-Card on Sunday, June 18th, not only will you feel good helping a homeless child succeed in school through your donation, your Dad will know how much you love him on this, his special day of the year.

May 3

Honor your Mom this Mother’s Day

Donate to School on Wheels today and we will send your mom or a mom in your life a card or email in time for Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14th, 2017.

Donate $25 and we will send a personalized email –   Donate $40 and we will send a card in the mail with your personalized message.

The deadline for mailing personalized cards is Wednesday, May 10th, 2017.

Jul 31

How to Donate School Supplies for Homeless Students

Back-to-school season has begun, and we are in need of school supplies to help our students start the year with everything they need to succeed. With the cost of school supplies reaching up to $350 last year and always rising, many of our students are unable to afford the basic materials they need. Last year we gave over 6,000 backpacks and school supplies to our students. We couldn’t have done that without the generous donations from our supporters. Here is what you can do to help our students start the new year on the right foot:

  1. Donate in Person – Buy extra backpacks, notebooks, pencils, or any items on our Student Wish List while you’re shopping. Drop them off at one of our offices:
    1. 83 S. Palm Street, Ventura, CA 93001 or
    2. 600 East 7th Street, Ste 109, Los Angeles, CA 90021
  2. Roonga – Not near one of our offices? Now you can donate school supplies online. Browse our list of needed supplies, choose what you want to donate, and Roonga will send it directly to us.
  3. Online shopping – Many websites and online retailers – such as Target, Amazon Smile, iGive.com, or eScrip – will donate a percentage of your purchase to School on Wheels. Use these tools when you’re shopping online, and some of the money you spend will help us give our students the supplies they need – at no extra cost to you!
  4. Donate money for us to buy school supplies – Don’t have time to shop for supplies? Donate online: $50 buys a brand new backpack for a student. $100 provides a backpack and school supplies for the entire year.

Dan Cardinali, president of dropout-prevention group Communities In Schools said that when students don’t have the school supplies they need, “They lose a sense of belonging. They are, right from the start, set apart. It materially compromises their ability to learn.” Don’t let our students fall behind simply because they can’t afford school supplies. Your gift, however small, can make a difference.

Jun 1

Father’s Day Cards

  • Front of card
  • Back of card

Show Dad you care this Father’s Day!

Make a donation to School on Wheels in honor of your dad, and we’ll send him a Father’s Day card with your personalized message on the back. Just go to our donation page and select the Father’s Day option. We’ll follow up with you by email to get the recipient’s address and a personalized message to add to your card.

The cards are made from drawings by our students at the Skid Row Learning Center, and all proceeds will go to School on Wheels and the homeless children we serve.

Feb 13

In Memoriam, Agnes Stevens 1935 – 2015

Agnes Stevens Founder of School on Wheels died February 13, 2015

I am so sad to tell you that Agnes Stevens, Founder of School on Wheels, died last night after a long illness.  For those of us who knew and loved Agnes, this is a huge loss.  She was one of those very special human beings who inspired everyone around her.  She had such courage and the vision to see beyond all the road blocks in life. She had an unwavering belief in and passion for School on Wheels.  Agnes always said it takes so little to make a difference in a child’s life.  She certainly did that for the thousands of homeless children whose lives have been touched by School on Wheels.

She was an extraordinary woman who made a lasting difference in our lives and this world.  We all wanted to be a part of making Agnes’ dream of helping homeless children come true.  We will miss her every day.

With deep sorrow, Catherine

Catherine Meek, Executive Director

Here’s a link to the Agnes Stevens Memorial Fund

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Jan 16

Emily Austin Project

Emily Austin photo

A native of South Carolina and Florida, Emily Austin found her way to the City of Angels through her passion for the arts, film and television. She lived her dreams while working in entertainment marketing for studios such as Paramount, Sony and Disney. She was extremely smart, a skilled artist, and most importantly a wonderful friend. She was fascinated with the “possibilities” around her and craved learning new things every day. It was rare to see her without a book in hand, or a Film/TV series playing. She was a huge fan of science fiction and wanted to be on the wait list for the first trip to Mars.

Emily had a great compassion and empathy for people in need, especially homeless families and children. In honor of this glorious girl, “The Emily Austin Project” has been created.

Please donate what you can to support School on Wheels. Any time or monetary contribution is beyond appreciated.

May the Force be with you.