More than 24,000 students enrolled in Massachusetts public schools are identified as homeless. Our mission is to provide tutoring, mentoring and school supplies to help these students stay on track academically during times of hardship and uncertainty. 

SOWMA volunteer tutors come from a variety of backgrounds and professions and range in age from young adults to retirees.  Tutors are paired with a student (K - 12) and spend one or two hourly sessions each week with that student for at least a full term.  Most tutors however, continue beyond a single semester.  Tutoring follows the public school year and runs evenings Monday - Thursday.  

We provide free training and educational workshops throughout the year, and each of our 18 tutoring site locations is managed by a SOWMA site coordinator.   Tutors help with homework, school projects and self-confidence.  Our aim is for each child to feel valued and to benefit from consistent, reliable academic support.

Volunteers must be 18-years-old to tutor independently; otherwise those ages 14 - 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Our site locations include Brockton, Middleboro, Dorchester, Taunton, Plymouth/Kingston, Norwell, Fall River, New Bedford, Attleboro, Weymouth and Stoughton.  


trainings take place at SOWMA headquarters
100 laurel street, suite 121, e. bridgewater, ma 02333


In-person SUMMER tutor training sessions are temporarily 
suspended due to social distancing protocols


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Click here to read more about our current mentors and students 



For more information about our Bridge Program, contact Jonathan Vincent at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (508)-587-9091


Employees from Guardian Life Insurance, one of more than 130 Companies Caring for Kids, collected supplies and prepared backpacks last summer to distribute to local students impacted by homelessness. 

You can help level the educational playing field by donating and/or customizing school supplies to ensure that all students in Massachusetts facing homelessness have what they need to succeed in school. 

Beginning June 8, 2020, we will commence in-house volunteering at our headquarters in East Bridgewater.  We invite you to help customize backpacks for back to school this fall.  Please read our policy protocols as we work to ensure the safety of all who join us during this phase of re-opening.  You can see our guidelines HERE. 


Typically, School on Wheels bustles with activity during the spring and summer as volunteers and groups come by appointment to our East Bridgewater headquarters to learn about family homelessness and customize grade-level backpacks for students of all ages.  Each volunteer
group plays a vital role in paying forward the gift of education by donating and preparing backpacks for more than 6,000 children and youth throughout the Commonwealth.

With the current pandemic and social/physical distancing rules in effect, our volunteer room has resumed under the careful guidelines noted above.  We are especially in need of donations to keep pace with what will surely be a growing need for our services this fall.  We ask that you  first contact our office to arrange a drop off or community service visit (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  Below is a list of many ways you can help ensure that students in Massachusetts have what they need to succeed when school commences.  Thank you! 


Click above to purchase a backpack already filled with supplies!   These customized bags were pre-selected to allow you to shop from the comfort of your home.  Last year we provided more than 6,000 students facing homelessness with new backpacks and tailored, essential academic supplies.  We will further tailor these backpacks according to grade-level with books, notes of inspiration and other materials.  We quality check each one to ensure students begin the new school year feeling prepared.

Stage a supply drive with friends, colleagues or in your neighborhood.  For a downloadable link to supplies needed CLICK HERE

Click above to see shop bulk and reach even more students this fall.  Bulk orders keep our inventory at the head of the class!  

Each of our backpacks includes a book, journal and workbooks that are carefully tailored to reflect grade-level learning.  Give a gift that keeps a child engaged with a great and thoughtful read. 

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You can write and send letters or notes of inspiration to be included with each backpack we send!  Children and teens love to receive notes from supporters and we'd love to include yours!  Consider having your own children or group contribute notes of inspiration. It's a great way to promote empathy and give hope to less fortunate students.  Notes can be targeted to any age group, from drawings from and to kindergarteners to letters of wisdom targeted to high school, college or trade school students.  Send to:  School on Wheels of Massachusetts, Inspirational Notes, 100 Laurel Street, Suite 121, E. Bridgewater, MA 02333.  Please include your name and contact information so that we may thank you accordingly.

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Kids Helping Kids!  Your children or teens can make a difference by forming a School on Wheels Club at their school or in their neighborhood or extracurricular group. SOWMA Clubs coordinate school supply drives and stage fundraisers to support the services we provide to less fortunate peers.  SOWMA Club leaders gain valuable leadership, philanthropic and team building skills.  When public health precautions warrant, SOWMA Club representatives gather at our headquarters to volunteer.  Contact us for more information on starting your very own SOWMA Club!  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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There are many ways to financially support School on Wheels.

Monetary Donation

Make a direct donation to School on Wheels to support our services.  Click here to donate

Employer Matching

Many companies will match the gifts of current and retired employees, and their spouses.  Ask the Human Resources or Benefits Office at your workplace for ways to match your donation to our student programs.    

Planned GIving

Consider making us part of your trust, bequest or endowment.  For information, email Kathleen Graham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

A planned gift ensures the continuation of our landmark programs, such as tutoring, mentoring and school supplies, and creates a legacy in your name on behalf of Massachusetts children facing homelessness.


A tribute card makes a great gift for teachers, coaches, family and friends. A gift to SOWMA is a wonderful way to honor someone's birthday, anniversary or special occasion.   CLICK HERE to purchase a tribute card.  We will send a personalized, hand-written note of acknowledgment to the recipient of your generous and thoughtful gift. 


Stage a fundraising event to help provide our students with the tools and support they need to be successful in school. SOWMA also provides many supervised community service opportunities.  Students learn about family homelessness in our state and how their support makes a difference in the life of a child.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 


  • It's a party that keeps giving. Looking for a new way to celebrate a special day without accumulating more things? Why not ask guests to contribute a monetary donation, backpacks, school supplies, or books to pass along to peers facing hardship.  Holiday parties are another great time to pay it forward for children in your community.
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During this academic year (2019-2020), School on Wheels of Massachusetts has equipped more than 6,000 students facing homelessness with fully-stocked and customized backpacks.  Please consider donating to our backpack program to ensure every Massachusetts student has the tools needed to succeed in school. 

Supplies Needed - All Items Must Be New

  • Quality backpacks for boys & girls K-12 - size 17" or larger (the smaller backpacks do not hold adequate supplies and a lunchbox)
  • Large Pencil Boxes
    Hand Sanitizer
  • Zippered Pencil Pouches
  • Fun Pencils
  • Large Erasers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Blunt Children's Scissors
  • Pencil Sharpeners (with cover)
  • Washable Markers Broad Tip (8 pack)
  • Colored Pencils
  • Red Pens
  • Highlighters
  • Flexible Plastic Rulers
  • Mechanical Pencils
  • Index Cards (100 pack)
  • Calculators (square root & scientific)
  • Shiny Pocket Folders
  • Composition Notebooks
  • Single Subject Notebooks
  • 1" Binders
  • Binder Dividers
  • 3-Holed, Lined Paper

Our Amazon Wish List allows us to handpick the items that our students need most during COVID-19, and enables you to shop for children and teens without leaving home.  There are many items with varying prices that will keep kids engaged during quarantine this summer.   Amazon will ship directly to a facility, courtesy of Jack Conway Realty.  Please CLICK HERE to see how you can help students stay engaged. 

At checkout, use the pre-selected Jack Conway Realtor Partnership shipping address.  We also ask that you choose "GIFT" so that you can add your name and address in the message section and we - can personally thank you! 

Click to visit our Amazon wishlist
During COVID-19
Supplies are urgently needed
to keep students focused and
engaged.  Click below to
donate urgently needed 
supplies.  A shipping address
has been pre-selected courtesy
of Jack Conway Realtors

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


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