The way we serve our students may look a little different this year; still, our mission is the same. Watch Executive Director Charles Evans and President of the Board Josh Fein talk about 2019 and the changes 2020 has brought and read messages from our students, parents, and volunteers. Your work as a tutor, donor, cheerleader, and advocate for kids devastated by homelessness is more important now than ever. Please read about the impact you have made in our annual report,
This June the Caleb and Calder Sloan’s Awesome Foundation hosted a backpack stuffing event at this year’s Promax Conference, where attendees stuffed 2,500 backpacks full of school supplies for our students. The event was organized by the Sydney Paige Foundation, who sourced the backpacks and supplies and set up the event. A huge thank you to everyone involved, especially the School on Wheels volunteers and staff who helped unpack, unload, and reload the thousands of backpacks and school supplies – no easy task.
A special shout out to US Storage Centers – they reached out to us around community partnerships they wanted to build in anticipation of the opening of their new Compton location and the timing couldn’t have been better. The storage units they provided at their La Crescenta location for these backpacks was offered just in the nick of time. We are so happy to partner with an organization that supports our mission to provide children the educational support they need!
We can’t wait to start distributing these awesome backpacks full of supplies to our students for the start of a new school year!
We would like to thank our Star Donor and Volunteer Shobana Ranganathan and her family for their generous donation to School on Wheels. This Spring, Shobana contacted us with an exciting idea – to celebrate her husband’s 40th birthday by sponsoring a field trip for our students. Recently, Shobana, her husband Shankar, and their two children accompanied more than twenty School on Wheels students to the Santa Barbara Zoo! The children enjoyed an amazing day. They met all sorts of animals, fed giraffes, and had a pizza picnic. Thank you, Shobana, for your wonderful idea and happy birthday, Shankar. We are so thankful you chose to share your special day with School on Wheels children!
Ventura County Credit Union teamed up with School On Wheels to provide school supplies to the homeless students we tutor and mentor throughout the school year. Each of their seven branch locations, including Camarillo, Moorpark, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Ventura, participated in this drive.
From July 1st to August 31st, each location accepted donations of school supplies to donate to this very worthy cause. They saw many generous and giving people step up to the plate and help to make this one of their most successful drives yet!
Thank you so much for making this an annual event. Our Ventura Resource Center was fit to burst with all the backpacks and supplies we received from this drive. Supporting School on Wheels in this way ensures homeless students start school with all the equipment they need to have a successful school year. Thank you VCCU staff and members!
BCG Digital Ventures, Helps Improve School on Wheels’ Learning Center at the Homeless Shelter in Compton.
In August, 75 employees from BCG Digital Ventures’ Manhattan Beach location volunteered their time, helping School on Wheels improve its learning center at the homeless shelter in Compton. The Digital Ventures volunteers cleaned the rooms, painted the walls, and assembled and lifted furniture.The end result: a beautiful center where children can do their homework at furnished workstations, toddlers can play educational games on colorful rugs, and babies can sleep in newly assembled cribs. In addition to providing the children with new furniture and an amazing Digital Learning Center, BCG Digital Ventures (along with donations from Bristol Farms, Beautify Earth, and many more) also contributed new computers, printers, and a charging station. Thank you to everyone who helped make School on Wheels’ Digital Learning Center possible!
For the 2nd year in a row, Comerica Bank partnered with School on Wheels to gather backpacks and school supplies from its customers and staff.
31 branches throughout Southern California took part in the supply drive and many got creative with their donation boxes which were set up in the banking centers.
Comerica Bank promoted their back to school drive by emailing customers and handing out fliers about the event.
Their drive started on July 1 and ran through to the end of September. On Oct 6, banking center managers and staff made the treck to Skid Row to present School on Wheels with over 6,000 backpacks, school supplies and equipment.
Lynn Fernandez, Senior Vice President – Retail Bank Administrator had this to say about their now annual event for School on Wheels:
“We appreciate all your organization does for homeless children in our region and are pleased to be able to help support your efforts.”
In addition to the thousands of donations, School on Wheels was also presented with a check from Comerica Bank which will continue to go towards supporting every student we tutor.
School on Wheels relies on the generosity of partners like Comerica to provide backpacks and school supplies to over 6,000 homeless children annually. We appreciate how you personally took on this project and advocated for our students. We know they appreciate the effort by the smile on their faces when they receive brand new backpacks and school supplies that they can call their own.
Thank you so much for your support and dedication to School on Wheels and we look forward to your drive next year.