• "I learned as much from my experience tutoring as Issa learned in being confident in his math and himself."

    Region 2 – South LA: David Salazar - My first experience in tutoring for School On Wheels was when I met Issa who taught me how important it is to help kids during difficult times in their lives and how we can help so much by just being there. I learned as much from my experience tutoring as Issa learned in being confident in his math and himself.     Region 2 – South LA:…

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  • "I was looking for a volunteering opportunity where I could have a direct impact on a child’s life, and I am so glad that I found School on Wheels."

    Region 3 – Westside: Ryan Hong - School on Wheels plays a vital role in improving homeless children’s lives by helping to narrow gaps in their education. I was looking for a volunteering opportunity where I could have a direct impact on a child’s life, and I am so glad that I found School on Wheels. It has been a truly amazing past few months to watch my student build her confidence in math before…

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  • "I have been tutoring with SOW for about 7 months, and I cannot be more grateful to have stumbled upon this great organization!"

    Region 9 – North Orange County: Diana Ly - Greetings! I have been tutoring with SOW for about 7 months, and I cannot be more grateful to have stumbled upon this great organization! I love having the opportunity to spend my time tutoring and also help build self-esteem. It always amazes me how much I am able to learn about the students and, in turn, learn more about myself. I am truly blessed to be…

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  • "I “met” School on Wheels and loved how there was such a close connection between the tutors, families and the organization."

    Region 8 – Ventura County: Rachel Bravo - Because my employer, Ventura County Credit Union, allows employees to volunteer during work hours, I wanted to do something to help kids. My son had just left for college, and I was hoping to help other kids get that opportunity. I “met” School on Wheels and loved how there was such a close connection between the tutors, families and the organization. I’ve tutored Ryleigh for almost two…

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  • "As a retired elementary school teacher, tutoring allows me to use my experience in a worthwhile way."

    Region 6 – Inland Empire Karen Mooney - Last summer, I was looking into local non-profits for volunteer opportunities. I was excited to find School on Wheels. The website information sounded exactly right for me, and my daughter, a social worker, expressed high regard for the organization. As a retired elementary school teacher, tutoring allows me to use my experience in a worthwhile way. I get to do what I know and love, helping a…

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  • "I have been with School on Wheels for almost a year now, and it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made to join such a beautiful community."

    Region 7 – San Fernando Valley: Nargis Saidzadah - I have been with School on Wheels for almost a year now, and it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made to join such a beautiful community. I chose this wonderful organization because my burning passion is to give back and help as many people as I possibly could, in humility & humbleness of course. As a psychology student, who studies brain…

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  • "As a volunteer my intentions are to strengthen the sense of community in this large city.”

    Region 1 – East LA: Alonso Quintero - Alonso has been a dedicated and consistent tutor since 2014. Not only does he help our students with homework, he chaperones field trips, hosts pizza parties, and plans science experiments over the the summer. "As a volunteer my intentions are to strengthen the sense of community in this large city." He is always ready to help any way he can!   Skid Row Learning Center: Farid Holakouee…

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Becoming a volunteer tutor for a homeless student can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.

Please view our location map to see where we provide in-person volunteer opportunities.

Online Orientation

Apply and we will send you a link to our 45 minute orientation, to watch at your convenience.

Introductory Training

Next, we will invite you to register for one of our in person trainings. All volunteers must also complete a Live Scan fingerprint background check.

Student Matching

Finally, we will review your volunteer preferences to make that perfect student/tutor match for you!


Ways You Can Volunteer

Tutor

Volunteer tutors are positive role models who provide consistency and educational assistance to a homeless child through weekly one-on-one tutoring.

Tutor with your family

Support your children in their school’s community service requirement. Young people (ages 12 – 15) may tutor with an adult family member or guardian.

Peer Tutoring

If you are 16 to 18 years of age, and need to complete community service hours in order to graduate, become a peer tutor.

Tutor Coordinator

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.

Group Tutoring

Volunteer tutors may be part of a group, tutoring and interacting with several other tutors and students. This opportunity is typically available at emergency shelters and group homes where student turnover is high.

Online Tutoring

Meet your student online and collaborate using audio, video and shared whiteboard.

Expectations

As a volunteer tutor, you will be joining a team of dedicated and committed volunteers. We ask that you are able to:

  • Tutor consistently one-hour per week typically between the hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Travel to a shelter, motel, school or site to meet your student.
  • Complete our introductory training and advanced training after three months of tutoring.
  • Demonstrate patience, persistence and an innate love for learning.

Environment

  • Volunteer tutors working one-on-one with students meet in a public place such as a library, after-school club, shelter, group foster home, or school site.
  • Tutoring may take place indoors or outdoors. Not all tutoring locations are ideal; flexibility is the key.
  • If you have special requirements or student age/grade/location preferences, please let us know in your application form.
  • Volunteers who are part of a group will tutor and interact with several other tutors and students.

Other Volunteering Opportunities

Intern – We love Interns! Are you available for a few hours a week to help our office staff with administrative tasks?

AmeriCorps - We have ongoing AmeriCorps VISTA full-time one-year positions available. Please visit the AmeriCorps section on our website for info.

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

Canvassing - Help spread the word about School on Wheels and attract more volunteer tutors. We provide you or your group with fliers and posters so that you can canvas your local area with information about School on Wheels.

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 a 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.

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

To inquire about these opportunities, please email volunteers [at] schoolonwheels.org.

“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