On November 21, 2015, team School on Wheels participated in the United Way HomeWalk, a walk dedicated to eradicating homelessness in Los Angeles. This was our team’s second year participating and the turnout was outrageous!
As one of the largest groups, School on Wheels walked together with students, parents and volunteers in support of our organization and the fight to end homelessness. More than 300 supporters registered to walk with our team which is a record number for our organization!
We are very appreciative for everyone who supported us in this year’s walk and contributed their effort to make this a memorable event. Thank you all!
We have some more photos from the event on our Facebook page too!
Our Marketing Director, Sinead Chilton, was interviewed for the Southern California Public Radio, KPCC, to talk briefly about the challenges homeless students face in school and how School on Wheels is supplying them with the essentials they need to succeed–from one-on-one tutoring to school supplies.
Meek will continue to advocate for greater awareness and more services for the homeless students School on Wheels tries to help and, more importantly, the thousands more they can’t reach.
Our Executive Director, Catherine Meek, was featured in the Ventana Monthly to talk about the work of School on Wheels as well as her personal experience with homelessness within and outside of the organization.
Our very own Program Director, Matt Raab, was featured on The Nonprofit Ready Podcast to talk about his experiences working with homeless children and the work of our organization. To read a recap of the interview, click here! You can listen to the full interview below:
Sometimes I get very angry, sometimes sad, sometimes despairing as I think of all the homeless children we see every day. One in every 30 children in the U.S. experiences homelessness every year – that’s one student in every classroom in America. Why is this not a national crisis discussed by every political, religious, education and community leader in this country? Why does the media not talk about 2.5 million homeless kids? Is it too overwhelming to consider? Too hard to talk about? Too shameful to acknowledge?
I don’t have to tell any of you, our loyal and generous volunteers, donors and supporters, about the heart-breaking issue of homeless children. You are there for them every day, giving them the tools they need to succeed in school, the consistency of a mentor and positive role model, the hope we all need to survive. That’s a lot. Now I am asking you to take one more step: shout out loud for homeless kids. Make your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, political representatives, baristas, Uber drivers, understand the magnitude of this problem. Talk about how education is a critical link in breaking this terrible cycle of homelessness. Tell them about our students and how challenging their lives are. They have no power and no voice, but you do.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you do for our students. You are making an enormous difference in their lives.
School on Wheels is featured in a Ventura County Star article about a $15,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund earlier this year. Grants like these, along with donations, help us reach more students in more locations.
Terrie Soto, School on Wheels’ Regional Coordinator for Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, said she believes the nonprofit can have far-reaching effects on young people. “I really believe filling in the educational gaps will help them overcome obstacles in life and hopefully break the cycle of homelessness for these children,” Soto said. “And you can tell that everyone involved is doing it to help the homeless children in the community.”