Category: Our Donors

Sep 22

Ventura County Credit Union Annual Back to School Drive

Helping To Donate Backpacks And School Supplies

Ventura County Credit Union teamed up with School On Wheels to provide school supplies to the homeless students we tutor and mentor throughout the school year. Each of their seven branch locations, including Camarillo, Moorpark, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Ventura, participated in this drive.

From July 1st to August 31st, each location accepted donations of school supplies to donate to this very worthy cause. They saw many generous and giving people step up to the plate and help to make this one of their most successful drives yet!

Thank you so much for making this an annual event.  Our Ventura Resource Center was fit to burst with all the backpacks and supplies we received from this drive.  Supporting School on Wheels in this way ensures homeless students start school with all the equipment they need to have a successful school year. Thank you VCCU staff and members!

Sep 15

BCG Digital Ventures Volunteers Revamp Digital Learning Center

BCG Digital Ventures, Helps Improve School on Wheels’ Learning Center at the Homeless Shelter in Compton.

In August, 75 employees from BCG Digital Ventures’ Manhattan Beach location volunteered their time, helping School on Wheels improve its learning center at the homeless shelter in Compton. The Digital Ventures volunteers cleaned the rooms, painted the walls, and assembled and lifted furniture.The end result: a beautiful center where children can do their homework at furnished workstations, toddlers can play educational games on colorful rugs, and babies can sleep in newly assembled cribs. In addition to providing the children with new furniture and an amazing Digital Learning Center, BCG Digital Ventures (along with donations from Bristol Farms, Beautify Earth, and many more) also contributed new computers, printers, and a charging station. Thank you to everyone who helped make School on Wheels’ Digital Learning Center possible!

Oct 23

Comerica Cares – 31 Branches take part in Back to School Drive to Benefit Homeless Students

For the 2nd year in a row, Comerica Bank partnered with School on Wheels to gather backpacks and school supplies from its customers and staff.

31 branches throughout Southern California took part in the supply drive and many got creative with their donation boxes which were set up in the banking centers.

Comerica Bank promoted their back to school drive by emailing customers and handing out fliers about the event.

Their drive started on July 1 and ran through to the end of September.  On Oct 6, banking center managers and staff made the treck to Skid Row to present School on Wheels with over 6,000 backpacks, school supplies and equipment.

Lynn Fernandez, Senior Vice President – Retail Bank Administrator had this to say about their now annual event for School on Wheels:

“We appreciate all your organization does for homeless children in our region and are pleased to be able to help support your efforts.”

In addition to the thousands of donations, School on Wheels was also presented with a check from Comerica Bank which will continue to go towards supporting every student we tutor.

School on Wheels relies on the generosity of partners like Comerica to provide backpacks and school supplies to over 6,000 homeless children annually. We appreciate how you personally took on this project and advocated for our students. We know they appreciate the effort by the smile on their faces when they receive brand new backpacks and school supplies that they can call their own.

Thank you so much for your support and dedication to School on Wheels and we look forward to your drive next year.

Sep 22

Yom Kippur – Joyful Thanks

Yom Kippur is the holiest day in the Jewish Calendar. We thought it would be fitting to give special thanks to all our donors, supporters, volunteers, staff, and friends that observe this special day.

Every year we receive thousands of backpacks and school supplies that are sorted and filled by congregations throughout Southern California.  Many temples, day schools and social action committees organize fundraising events for School on Wheels and the homeless children that we serve or offer their time and talents as volunteers for School on Wheels.

This day is the most solemn of the year for Jewish people; yet there is an undertone of joy that suffuses it, a joy that revels in the spirituality of the day. We are so thankful and filled with joy that we can consider the following among our wonderful donors and friends:

Temple Judea
Heschel Day School
Congregation Shir Amir
The Haupt Group
Kehillat Israel Early Childhood Center
Temple Isaiah Preschool
Congregation Tikvat Jacob
Burbank Temple Emanu El
Temple Ramat Zion
Temple Etz Chaim
Temple Beth Hillel
Congregation B’nai B’nai
Temple Isaiah (Golden Sun Kids)
Temple Aliyah
Hehillay Israel (Early Childhood Center)

 

Aug 17

Assistance League Of Santa Monica Puts Together Backpacks For Students

From the Santa Monica Mirror:

Assistance League of Santa Monica member volunteers gathered on Wednesday at the Chapter House to fill 420 backpacks with age appropriate school supplies, which includes notebooks, writing utensils, and other materials, as well as a hygiene kit including deodorant and toothbrushes. These will be distributed to local students in the fall before classes resume.

As of the 2014-15 school year, the League has supplied non-profit organization Schools on Wheels with 935 backpacks!

Thank you so much!

Jul 23

Students Donate School Supplies with Lemonade Stand Profits

This summer, Kelly Washkewicz, Caprial Koe, and Alia Koe continued their tradition of donating school supplies to School on Wheels. These generous 11th graders have been using a creative method to support School on Wheels every year since they were in middle school – each summer they set up a lemonade stand and use the profits to buy backpacks and school supplies for our students!

The first donation was in 2011 and consisted of about $400 worth of backpacks and supplies. Their business took off in the following years, growing to a $2,000-value donation this year! The boxes of school supplies came just in time for the upcoming school year. They will be taken to local shelters and group homes where children need materials for school, as well as to students’ first one-on-one tutoring sessions. Thanks to Kelly, Caprial, and Alia’s creative thinking and dedication, hundreds of homeless students won’t have to go without the backpacks and school supplies they need during the next year.

To make your own donation of school supplies, visit our Student Wish List and buy a few extra items when you’re doing your back to school shopping. Or think outside the box like Kelly, Caprial, and Alia and start a fundraiser or school supply drive of your own!

backpack donations over the years