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.

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.

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 8 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.

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@schoolonwheels.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 form, you will be directed to a short orientation video 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

Volunteers must complete a Live Scan fingerprint background check. For those experiencing financial hardship, we will reimburse this cost with receipt.

Student Matching

Once you are approved to tutor, your coordinator will contact you to work out your volunteer preferences and identify the ideal student to make the perfect match for you!


As a 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 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@schoolonwheels.org.