School on Wheels volunteers provide free tutoring and mentoring to children from kindergarten through twelfth grade living in shelters, motels, vehicles, group foster homes, and the streets of Southern California.

1 in every 20 children
in California does not have a home

Homelessness has a devastating impact on children’s educational opportunities:

  • Nine times more likely to repeat a grade
  • Four times more likely to drop out of school entirely

Over the past 28 years, we have served more than 50,000 students!

Every one of these kids has a story, a past, and a future.

All have one thing in common—a volunteer tutor whose precious time and caring helped them learn and encouraged them to dream.


We train and match volunteers with our students and provide:

  • One-on-one weekly tutoring
  • School supplies
  • Assistance in entering school
  • Scholarships
  • Parental support
  • A learning center on Skid Row

You Can Make a Difference

Money or requested items. Simple, secure, and tax-deductible!

One hour a week. We provide training, support, and student matching.

Join our community and learn about ways you can help raise awareness about child homelessness.

Volunteer tutors are our wheels—reaching students in six counties in Southern California and covering a span of 2,500 square miles.


Support Us

We survive through donations of people like you, who believe that every child has potential.

“Making a connection with my tutor was the best thing that ever happened to me while being homeless, and since then I have maintained a constant relationship with them.”

Angela Sanchez
School on Wheels alumni


Volunteer opportunities

  • One-on-one tutoring
  • Peer tutoring
  • Online tutoring
  • Group tutoring

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