School on Wheels Supply Drives

Every child that we serve receives a NEW backpack filled with school supplies. In 2018 we distributed over 5,000 backpacks filled with school supplies.

Thanks for your interest in running a supply drive to support our students who are experiencing homelessness! Please note: we only accept and distribute NEW backpacks, new school supplies, and new books.

If you are an employee of a corporation and would like to run an organization-wide supply drive or arrange a day of service for your employees to stuff backpacks with supplies please contact partnerships@schoolonwheels.org for more information.

Planning and Promoting Your Drive

  1. Download our bin label (PDF) and promotional poster (PDF) and add your supply drive information.
  2. Set a date, time, and location for the collection of the supplies to occur. If materials need to be sorted or prepped, consider setting the deadline a few days earlier to ensure you have enough time.
  3. Find or purchase bins for supply collection and put clear labels on all bins
  4. Promote your drive by posting flyers at your school, place of work, local coffee shop, place of worship, or anywhere you can think of!
  5. Promote your drive digitally on social media or via email outreach and tag us (@schoolonwheels). We recommend taking selfies with the collection bins!
  6. Print School on Wheels Volunteer Recruitment flyers (PDF) and place near your collection bins to help raise awareness about students experiencing homelessness and the need for volunteer tutors. School supplies are just the start!
  7. Post flyers near your collection location so everyone can find easily.

Material Donation Form

Please take the time to fill out our material donation form prior to dropping off everything collected at your supply drive. Donations are tax-deductible. If you have any additional questions regarding donating school supplies, please send an email to donate@schoolonwheels.org or call (805) 641-1678.

Dropping the Supplies Off at School on Wheels

We have two drop-off locations. Please feel free to drop off or mail any brand-new school supplies to either our Ventura or Los Angeles office Monday – Friday between 10 am and 4 pm.

If you will be dropping off more then 1-2 boxes of items please contact us first to coordinate at donate@schoolonwheels.org.

Our Los Angeles location is: 3150 N San Fernando Rd, Ste B Los Angeles, CA 90065 and our Ventura location is: 303 N Ventura Ave. Suite D Ventura, CA 93001.

If you are working directly with a School on Wheels staff member in your area for this drive you can coordinate with them directly for drop-off.

Student Supply Wish List

Grades K – 5

  • Pencil cases
  • Markers, colored pencils, crayons
  • Erasers, pencil sharpeners
  • Wide-ruled paper
  • Backpacks: bright colors, characters, cartoons

Grades 6 – 8

  • Pens, mechanical pencils, erasers
  • Binders
  • Homework folders
  • Flashcards
  • Graph paper
  • Mini staplers & staples
  • Book covers
  • Subject dividers
  • 3 x 5 notecards
  • Backpacks: Jansport, solid colors, patterns

Grades 9 – 12

  • Pens, mechanical pencils, highlighters
  • Binders
  • Graphing paper
  • Laptops*
  • Mini staplers & staples
  • Scientific & graphing calculators*
  • Book covers
  • Subject dividers
  • 3 x 5 note cards
  • Backpacks: Jansport, solid colors, patterns

*If you would like to donate laptops or calculators please contact digitallearning@schoolonwheels.org to arrange the donation.