More than 24,000 students enrolled in Massachusetts public schools are identified as homeless. We expect that number to rise significantly this fall and need volunteer tutors to provide academic, social and emotional support whether schools resume online or in the classroom.

Our tutors come from a variety of backgrounds and professions and range in age from young adults to retirees.  Tutors are paired with one student (K - 12) and spend one or two hourly sessions each week with the same student for at least a full term.  Most of our tutors continue beyond a single semester.  Tutoring follows the public school year and runs during early evening hours 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 academic, social and emotional 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.  

WE PROVIDE free TRAINING AND SEMINARS 

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

WE WILL FOLLOW MASSACHUSetTS PUBLIC SCHOOLS OPENING PROTOCOLS 
 TRAINING AND TUTORING MAY BE VIRTUAL

upcoming TUTOR TRAINING SESSIONS and format WILL BE POSTED when
Massachuetts public school opening protocols are finalized



PLEASE click here TO SIGN UP TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER TUTOR

for questions contact:

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Click here to read more about our current mentors and students 

 

APPLY TO BECOME A MENTOR BY CLICKING HERE

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More than 24,000 students enrolled in Massachusetts Public Schools are identified as homeless.
 

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing, more than 120+ annual summer company and community supply drives and volunteer teams have been cancelled, leading to a drastic loss in inventory.  Simultaneously, there's been a remarkable increase in the number of children facing homelessness and in need of support.  Families, businesses and groups can help replenish supplies by donating from your home, community group or business using the links below.  

Whether the school year begins in class or online, most of our 6,000+ students share one bedroom with their family.  To have new school materials, books and essentials neatly stored in one place, that is - in a new backpack donated by you, helps to keep kids organized and prepared. 

VOLUNTEER 

Up to 8 people at a time may visit our headquarters this summer to customize and ready backpacks for distribution.  Please read our safety protocols HERE. 

THREE WAYS YOU CAN HELP FROM HOME  

Every small effort is a collective leap for a child facing homelessness amidst the uncertainty of the pandemic and how school will resume this fall. 

1.  DONATE FROM YOUR HOME or business 

Click above to purchase a backpack already filled with supplies!   These bags were pre-selected and will be further tailored with grade-level books, workbooks and other essentials.  

Click above to donate in bulk.  Bulk orders keep our inventory humming!  To shop for individual supply items, click HERE. 



Purchase a carefully selected book to foster a love for reading.  Click above to help with our most urgent book needs - young adult and middle school books.   THANK YOU Buttonwood Books & Toys for partnering for good!  

2.  CONDUCT A DRIVE WITH FRIENDS OR COLLEAGUES   



For a downloadable link to supplies needed CLICK HERE 

To prepare grade-specific backpacks at home, click the link below for materials to include.  We will further customize. 

Grades K - 3
Grades 4 - 6
Grades 7 - 12

3.  GET CREATIVE WITH YOUR KIDS!   

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We include letters, artwork or notes of inspiration with each backpack we send.  Children and teens love to receive notes from supporters and peers - and we'd love to include yours. It's a great way to teach empathy to your children.  Notes can be targeted to any age group.


Here's a fun family activity!  Create origami bookmarks with your kids!  Click above for a step-by-step guide.


Send or drop off supplies and backpacks to:

School on Wheels of Massachusetts, 100 Laurel Street, Suite 121, E. Bridgewater, MA 02333

Please include your name and contact information so that we may thank you accordingly. Better yet, call or email in advance and we'll take a photo of your family, group or business!  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 508-587-9091.  You can also send photos of your activities to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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BEGIN A SCHOOL ON WHEELS CLUB THIS FALL!  

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 or stage events that promote and support the needs of 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 a SOWMA Club!  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

TO SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER, PLEASE CONTACT:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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 Interim Executive Director Chris Murphy 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.

TRIBUTE

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. 

HOST A FUNDRAISER

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. 

PAY FORWARD PARty GIFTS

  • 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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    BAR/BAT MITZVAH
    BIRTHDAY/GIVING PARTY
    TEAM AND SCHOOL CELEBRATIONS
    COMPANY COMMUNITY GIVING CAMPAIGNS
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School on Wheels of Massachusetts last year equipped more than 6,000 students facing homelessness with fully-stocked and customized backpacks, books and supplies.  There has been an extraordinary increase in the need for academic support for the fall.  Due to Covid-19 and social distancing, our inventory has simultaneously been compromised as more than 120 summer supply drives and in-house volunteer groups were forced to cancel.  Whether schools commence online or in class, the need for academic materials is greater than ever.  Thank you for helping to ensure that every Massachusetts student is prepared for school this fall.  

Below are the items needed for our inventory.  To support students from the comfort of your home, please see the many ways you can help by clicking here. 

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

508.587.9091

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