Volunteering With School on Wheels

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Are you passionate about education?
Become a volunteer tutor today and help a child experiencing homelessness reach their learning goals.

Just one hour a week of either virtual or in-person tutoring makes a big difference for a student. After completing the application process, you will be matched with a child or youth based on your availability and tutoring skill set. It will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life!

There is one main thing that has kept me volunteering for almost eight years now: I love seeing the look on a student’s face when they finally understand the thing they have been struggling with.

Volunteer Tutor

Meet Mercedez

Becoming a volunteer can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. We are currently seeking:

In-person volunteer tutors for our students in grades K to 4 who

  • are 18 and older, 
  • live in LA County, Orange County, Ventura County, San Bernadino County, Riverside County, or Santa Barbara County, 
  • are willing and able to commute to and from an in-person location: a shelter or public space such as a library, coffee shop, etc.
  • Click here for additional in-person tutoring requirements

Online volunteer tutors for students in all grades

  • are 18 and older, 
  • live in California, 
  • have stable high-speed internet access, 
  • have a computer with a webcam, and
  • are comfortable tutoring in a digital environment.

In-person volunteer tutors for students at our Skid Row Learning Center in downtown Los Angeles

In order to complete your application, you’ll need the following information: your general availability to tutor (days of week, morning/afternoon/evening), and emergency contact (name and phone).

With this information, it will usually take less than 10 minutes to complete your application. To successfully submit it, you must complete the entire form, including the signature page. Thank you!

If you have previously tutored with us, please contact applications@schoolsonwheels.org before filling out a new application.

You can also sign up for our newsletter to stay updated if our requirements change to include non-Californian residents.

The Application Process

Step 1:

Online Orientation

After you complete the application we will send you a link to our 45-minute orientation, to watch at your convenience.

Step 2:

Introductory Training

Next, we will invite you to register for a live online introductory training session.

Step 3:

Background Check

All volunteers must also complete a Live Scan fingerprint background check. Please note: we’re currently reimbursing the cost of a Live Scan background check.

Student Matching

After you are approved to tutor, your School on Wheels coordinator will train you in our virtual classroom. By that time, they will be in the process of reviewing your volunteer preferences and identifying the ideal student to make the perfect student/tutor match!


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

  • Tutor consistently for a minimum of one hour per week typically between the hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Complete our advanced training after three months of tutoring.
  • Demonstrate patience, persistence, and an innate love of learning.
  • Commit to a full year of volunteering.

Other Volunteering Opportunities

If you have other specialized skills such as fundraising, translation, graphic design, public speaking, workshop facilitation, etc., we would love to hear from you as we may be able to create a custom volunteer opportunity for you.

To inquire about these opportunities, please email volunteers@schoolsonwheels.org.