School on Wheels’ mission is to provide one-on-one tutoring and educational advocacy for school-aged children impacted by homelessness.

Our vision is to equip these children with the educational tools necessary to achieve success in life and break the cycle of homelessness.

Our History

LilyFounded in 2001 by Sally Bindley, MSW, School on Wheels provides one-on-one tutoring and educational advocacy for school-aged children impacted by homelessness. In its first year, School on Wheels and its staff of two, along with 11 volunteers, tutored 50 children at two shelters partners.

Since that time School on Wheels has grown to serve nearly 400 children each year at 13 partner sites with the help of over 400 volunteer tutors. School on Wheels provides after-school tutoring as well as academic enrichment opportunities through Tutors in Action. We also offer classes, workshops, and office hours for the parents of the children we serve through our parent program, Ignite Learning, so they can be the best advocates for their children’s education.

Since its inception, School on Wheels has:

  • Provided tutoring at shelter and school locations throughout Marion County
  • Utilized over 4,800 community volunteers as tutors
  • Provided tutoring to 5,300 school-aged homeless children
  • Provided 73,000 hours of tutoring
  • Distributed 3,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to homeless children
  • Distributed 6,000 sets of school uniforms to homeless children
  • Empowered over 1,000 parents through thousands of support hours, including workshops, office hours, and facilitating communications with their children’s teachers and school administration.

*September 2001 through June 2017