"Getting to know my students has profoundly shown me the impact we all have on our students’ lives."
Online: Aidan Stern - I see the impact that we School on Wheels tutors have on the lives of homeless students. Through online tutoring, I have been able to interact with students far beyond where I live, and I can fit tutoring time in spaces that would be impossible with regular school, work and commuting. These past few months I have watched my students gradually grow in their skills of complex arithmetic and grammar concepts.…Read More
"Mr.Eric helps me with multiplication and he plays card games with me. Mr.Eric should be tutor of the month because he is a good tutor." – Aisha, 3rd Grade
Skid Row Learning Center: Eric Sarabia - Mr.Eric is a great tutor and he is nice and also helpful. He is funny and he helps me with my homework when I need help with it. He helps me when I am writing a story. Mr.Eric helps me with multiplication and he plays card games with me. Mr.Eric should be tutor of the month because he is a good tutor. - Aisha, 3rd Grade Region…Read More
"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:…Read More
"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…Read More
"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…Read More
"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…Read More
"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…Read More
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.
Apply and we will send you a link to our 45 minute orientation, to watch at your convenience.
Finally, we will review your volunteer preferences to make that perfect student/tutor match for you!
Ways You Can Volunteer
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.
If you are 16 to 18 years of age, and need to complete community service hours in order to graduate, become a peer tutor.
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.
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.
Meet your student online and collaborate using audio, video and shared whiteboard.
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.
- 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.