• "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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  • "I am so glad that I found School on Wheels because it fills me with such warmth that I cannot explain in words."

    Region 1 – East LA: Diane Lopez - Wanting to do something in the field of education, I would have never thought about tutoring homeless children. Sometimes people forget that homelessness is something that affects everyone, and children are not immune to it. I am so glad that I found School on Wheels because it fills me with such warmth that I cannot explain in words. Seeing my student smiling and growing in her studies keeps…

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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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  • "I am honored to have Daniela as a member of our team! She is the ideal role model and volunteer."

    Skid Row Learning Center: Daniela Elizondo - I am honored to have Daniela as a member of our team! After meeting her, you would never guess that she was in high school. She is one of my most consistent and flexible tutors. We can count on her every Tuesday to come in and help any elementary student that asks no matter what the subject. She is the ideal role model and volunteer.   Region 4…

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  • "Wow! I tutor online from North Carolina. In many ways, coming to my students through a screen has broken down the borders of communication and opportunity."

    Online Tutoring Ryan Geitner - Wow! I tutor online from North Carolina. In many ways, coming to my students through a screen has broken down the borders of communication and opportunity. It's incredible to have these young friends across the country who lead lives so different from my own but reflect the same (if not greater) desire to learn and grow. It is truly my pleasure that I am able to log on to the…

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Last year we had the privilege of working with 2,202 volunteers and tutoring 3,450 homeless children! But every year, the number of homeless children grows. We need your help.

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.

Please view our location map to see where we provide in-person volunteer opportunities.  If you live outside of our current tutoring locations, please consider becoming an online tutor; and from the comfort of your own home, you can help a homeless child in need.

1

Apply

For all volunteer opportunities, please watch the 2-minute video overview of our requirements, linked below. After this mandatory step, you will be directed to the volunteer application.

2

Online Orientation and Interview

Once you have applied, we will send you a link to our 45-minute orientation. You will then be contacted for a brief phone interview.

3

Introductory Training & LiveScan

After your orientation, we will invite you to register for a training. All volunteers must also complete a Live Scan fingerprint background check, available onsite at the training for $35.

4

Student Matching

After completing steps 1, 2 & 3, your coordinator will review your tutoring preferences and will carefully match you with a student.

5

Advanced Training

After you have tutored for three months, you will be asked to attend a mandatory Advanced Training to hone your tutoring skills


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.

Expectations

• 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
• Exemplify School on Wheels’ values, ethics and integrity

Environment

• Volunteer tutors work one-on-one with students and meet in a public place such as a library, after school club, shelter, group foster home, or school site
• Volunteer tutors may be part of a group, tutoring and interacting with several other tutors and students
• Online tutors work one-on-one with a student from the comfort of their own home or office
• Tutoring may take place indoors or outdoors. Not all tutoring locations are ideal; flexibility is the key

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.

Expectations

• Same as Tutor expectations
• Applicants between the ages of 12 and 15 must submit an additional application from a parent or legal guardian
• Young people must be accompanied by an adult for tutoring sessions
• Confidentiality is important; we ask that your child(ren) respect the unique circumstances of their student

Environment

• Volunteer tutors work one-on-one with students and meet in a public place such as a library, after school club, shelter, group foster home, or school site
• Volunteer tutors may be a part of group tutoring, interacting with several other tutors and students
• Tutoring may take place indoors or outdoors. Not all tutoring locations are ideal; flexibility is the key

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.

Expectations

• Same as Tutor expectations
• Peer tutors must be working towards high school graduation, with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher
• One of your references must be a current teacher (please let them know to expect our email)
• Peer tutors will be matched with students who attend elementary or middle school, whichever you feel more comfortable tutoring

Environment

• Volunteer tutors work one-on-one with students and meet in a public place such as a library, after school club, shelter, group foster home, or school site or
• Volunteer tutors may be a part of group tutoring, interacting with several other tutors and students
• Tutoring may take place indoors or outdoors. Not all tutoring locations are ideal; flexibility is the key

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.

Expectations

• 18 years old and have a high school diploma
• Minimum of three months experience as a School on Wheels tutor
• 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 with a minimum of two hours weekly to communicate with tutors
• At least two weekly visits to assigned location

Environment

• Tutor coordinators will be assigned to a location and volunteers to oversee
• You may work as part of a team and share responsibilitesfrom the comfort of home


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