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 keep these students 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-hour a week with that student for at least a full term.  Some tutors opt to volunteer for two one-hour weekly sessions and most continue beyond a 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.

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

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

upcoming TUTOR TRAINING SESSIONS


tues., JANUARY 7, 2020
6 - 8 p.m.


TUES., FEBRUARY 4, 2020
6 - 8 p.m. 


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Click here to read more about our current mentors and students 

 

APPLY TO BECOME A MENTOR BY CLICKING HERE

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 Sonovion collected and prepared backpacks and school supplies to distribute to local students impacted by homelessness. 

There are many ways to get involved as a family, group, school or as an individual or business to support our kids.  Join our efforts to level the educational playing field for children and teens facing the hardship and disruption of homelessness by donating the academic necessities needed to succeed in school. 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITiES:

COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY

Make an appointment to visit our East Bridgewater headquarters to learn more about family homelessness and the educational needs of our students. Participate in projects such as preparing backpacks for children of all ages and sorting and organizing book donations.  Get your family, school, place of worship or business involved and help pay forward the gift of education.

SCHOOL SUPPLY DONATIONS 

Click here to see what supplies we currently need. All items donated must be new. Stage a drive to ensure all children and youth in Massachusetts have what they need to succeed in school.  

Event Volunteers

Volunteer for one of our many events that help support students impacted by homelessness.  Check out upcoming events from drop down menu on the home page:
Falmouth Road Race (August), our annual Open the Door Gala (November), Outrunning Homelessness (May) or 100 Families Challenge (June). 

SCHOOL ON WHEELS CLUB

Kids Helping Kids!  Students can join together and make a difference in the lives of peers impacted by homelessness by forming a School on Wheels Club at their school. SOWMA Clubs coordinate school supply drives, car washes, and fundraisers to support the services we provide to less-fortunate peers.  SOWMA Club leaders gain valuable leadership, philanthropic and team building skills.  

To sign up to volunteer, fill out THIS form! OR 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 donation to School on Wheels.  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.

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.

FUNDRAISERS

Host a fundraising event to help provide our kids with the necessary tools to be successful in school. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info. 

BAR/BAT MITZVAH OR Scout PROJECTS

SOWMA 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 SThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info. 

BIRTHDAY/GIVING PARTY

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 that would support peers facing hardship.  Holiday parties are another great time to pay it forward for children in your community. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.

 

During this academic year (2019-2020), we have provided more than 6,000 students facing homelessness with fully-stocked and customized backpacks.  Please consider donating to our backpack program to ensure every Massachusetts students has the tools they need 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
  • 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, and enables you to shop for our kids without leaving home! There are 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!

 

Click to visit our Amazon wishlist

OUR WISH LIST
Donate supplies for our
kids and they will be
shipped directly to
School on Wheels
of Massachusetts.


CLICK TO DONATE!

 

 

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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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