One hour a week is all it takes to help a child impacted by homelessness.  School on Wheels of Massachusetts (SOWMA) recruits, trains and supports volunteers, who provide one-on-one tutoring and mentoring for children in kindergarten through grade 12.  Tutors meet with students for one hour a week to reinforce grade level learning skills, work on school projects, and help boost the child's academic and social confidence.  Mentors meet with high school and college students and help navigate college and post-secondary educational plans and transitions.  

Our volunteers come from all backgrounds and professions with one goal in mind: to make a difference in the life of a child by helping that child focus on school during times of uncertainty and disruption.  Our one-on-one tutoring and mentoring model helps students overcome academic challenges through the individual, consistent and reliable academic support provided by a caring adult.    Click here to find out how you can help change a child’s life.

Customized Tutoring

Tutors are matched with a student at one of our 18 shelter or training site locations.  Volunteer tutors help children get back on track with their education despite the obstacles of homelessness. Site Coordinators are trained educators who oversee and support our tutors and students at each program site.  The Site Coordinators will help guide you and your student to help ensure you have the information and resources you need to have an effective tutoring session.  Tutors receive high quality training and ongoing support from SOWMA's Education Team.


Each tutoring site has a variety of activities and resources available for the tutors and students to use during their tutoring sessions. During the volunteer training, tutors are introduced to many of the educational resources available and shown how to use them with their students. SOWMA’s main focus is on English Language Arts, Mathematics, and developing skills such as organization and critical thinking. 

Tutors are supported by on-site sowma staff and receive educational workshop opportunities throughout the year. 

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


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