Get Involved


In our effort to end homelessness through education, we rely on support from the community and people like you.  
Each of us has the ability to create a positive impact.

School on Wheels of Massachusetts (SOWMA) trains community volunteers to provide tutoring and mentoring for children and young adults impacted by homelessness.  In addition to free onsite training at our East Bridgewater location, we ask tutors for a time commitment of one hour each week for the duration of the term (see below).  Mentors also receive training from SOWMA staff and support throughout the term and commit to 3 or more hours a month.


TUTORING

Our volunteer tutors come from all walks of life with different backgrounds and professions, yet they share one goal: to help children move beyond homelessness through a quality education.

Tutors provide consistency and stability for students and reinforce grade level learning skills, work on school projects and help boost the child’s self-esteem. Tutors serve as positive adult role models and help students realize their full potential in the classroom and beyond.

MENTORing

SOWMA mentors are caring adults who spend 3+ hours a month helping a high school or college student with post-secondary plans, transition and career goals.  Our mentors help build a student's self-sufficiency skills and foster confidence in pursuing educational and career goals by identifying available resources.  We ask for a time commitment of at least 3 hours a month.

Volunteer tutors and mentors are trained and supported by SOWMA staff. 

For more information about our mentoring program, please visit here

Discover the many rewarding ways you can make a difference for children in your community. 

There are many ways you can get involved as a family, as a group, or as an individual to support our kids!

To sign up to volunteer, fill out THIS form!

We partner with companies to provide rich opportunities for their employees to get involved and help support children impacted by homelessness.  

We partner with civic groups to provide rich opportunities for their members to get involved and help support children impacted by homelessness.

We partner with schools to provide rich opportunities for their students to get involved and help children impacted by homelessness in their own backyard.

Our Amazon Wish List allows us to handpick the items that our students need, and enables you to shop for our kids without leaving home! There is a wide variety of school supplies to choose from, all with varying prices, and Amazon ships whatever you buy straight to our door. At checkout, please be sure to include your name and address on the packing slip so we know who to thank for the wonderful donation!

Last year Massachusetts Public Schools identified 21,221 students impacted by homelessness. In the 2016-2017 academic year, our goal was to give out 1,600 full-stocked backpacks in our South Coast communities; but the demand exceeded 2,400 and we delivered thanks to YOU!

We promise to continue to deliver to even more kids as the demand is higher than expected; and we need your help to restock our shelves.

Stage a supply drive with your school, business, place of worship or neighbors and board our bus for kids!

Supplies Needed - All Items Must Be New

  1. Quality backpacks for boys & girls K-12
  2. Large Pencil Boxes
  3. Zippered Pencil Pouches
  4. Fun Pencils
  5. Large Erasers
  6. Glue Sticks
  7. Blunt Children's Scissors
  8. Pencil Sharpeners (with cover)
  9. Crayons(24 pack)
  10. Washable Markers Broad Tip (8 pack)
  11. Colored Pencils
  12. Red Pens
  13. Highlighters
  14. Flexible Plastic Rulers
  15. Mechanical Pencils
  16. Index Cards (100 pack)
  17. Calculators (square root & scientific)
  18. Shiny Pocket Folders
  19. Composition Notebooks
  20. Single Subject Notebooks
  21. 1" Binders
  22. Binder Dividers
  23. 3-Holed, Lined Paper

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On behalf of our kids, THANK YOU and welcome aboard!

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School on Wheels - MA
100 Laurel Street
Suite 121
East Bridgewater, Massachusetts 02333

508.587.9091

Federal Tax ID 20-1020880
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