• 2018 Gala Sponsors 


     Platinum Key $10,000


     Gold Key $5,000


     Silver Key $2,500



    Bronze Key $1,000









    Abington Bank

    ACE Surgical Supply Co., Inc.

    Aetna Fire Alarm Service Co., Inc.

    Athena Giannaros and Family

    BayCoast Bank

    Camp Maplewood Country Day Camp & Enrichment Center

    Commonwealth Cooperative Bank

    Crescent Credit Union 

    Envision Bank

    Father Bill's and Mainspring

    The Florence Family 

    JM Electrical Co., Inc. 

    Justice Resource Institute (JRI)

    Sally and Steven Lamb and Family

    Mansfield Bank 

    Merrill Lynch, The Jill Spatola Group

    Ruberto, Israel & Weiner, P.C.

    Stoughton Cooperative Bank

    Tim Tedeschi














































Stephen & Carol

carol Augustyniak marcus
and Stephen Marcus
SOWMA's 2018 Champion for our kids

A sell-out crowd gathered at Venezia Boston in November to salute 
 Carol and Stephen, whose tireless support has fostered the social, emotional and academic well-being
of thousands of students in Massachusetts who are impacted by homelessness.  Among those giving accolades  for the impact Carol and Stephen have made was Governor Charlie Baker. 

"Thank you Carol and Stephen for supporting some of the most disadvantaged, vulnerable and
at-risk kids in the Commonwealth, and for helping an organization that has
managed to deliver for kids, time and time again, for the past fifteen years.  
Here's hoping there are many, many more years of
success for School on Wheels of Massachusetts.  

Saying it better than anyone - Carol's friend and current student, Jake

Executive Director Kathleen Graham with
(L) SOWMA Board Chair Chris Murphy and (R) Jim Orcutt, co-founder (with wife, Terri),
My Brother's Keeper

Thanks to Host and auctioneer Billy Costa

We exceeded our financial goals thanks to YOU

Kathleen Graham announced our expansion to the Boston and Plymouth communities,
bringing one-on-one tutoring to eighteen locations. 

Click the photos below to hear from a few of our students 


View the Photo Gallery!


* Our tutoring services for students K-12 are now available at 18 sites in the following communities:
Attleboro, Brockton, Boston, Fall River, Middleboro, New Bedford, Norwell, Plymouth, Stoughton, Taunton and Weymouth.
This fall, more than 3,400 Massachusetts students began school with new and customized backpacks and the supplies they need to succeed in school.
 SOWMA is currently mentoring 57 college students and helping high school students determine post-secondary college or vocational plans. 

One Caring Adult
One Child at a Time. 






You Opened more doors for more kids last year at our sold-out 2017 Open the door gala and raised more than $135,000 to expand our services. 


We were honored to present

Our 2017 "Champion for our Kids"

to Jim Blake, CEO, HarborOne Bank

For his loyal generosity in Opening the Door to education and supporting the
children and youth in his community impacted by homelessness 

our evening of jazz and dining included a special tribute to:


Cheryl Opper, SOWMA's Founder and Executive Director. 

Read her daughter Lindsay's heart-warming tribute here.

The moving tribute to SOWMA Founder Cheryl Opper, and inspiring testimonials were captured in a VIDEO and PHOTO GALLERY. 

students shared their stories of courage, resilience and triumph


Thanks to our 2017 Gala Emcee

Brian Shactman  
Emmy Award-Winning Journalist, NECN 


Thank you... 

Lisa Yves

jazz vocalist www.lisayves.com 

Click here for the the archival 2016 Open the Door Photo Gallery!

Rodman Ride for KidsSchool on Wheels is proud to be affiliated with the Rodman Ride for Kids, an umbrella matching gift charity which raises funds for youth-focused social service organizations that support at-risk youth in Massachusetts. The Ride's mission is to help every child in our community live as we would want our own children to live. 100% of your donation directly benefits SOWMA through the Ride for Kids. When our fundraising goal is reached, we will receive an additional 3% match on all Ride donations.

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