In honor of the last few days of the School on Wheels Share the Love Campaign, Kris Chaney, Volunteer Chair for Share the Love, shares his insights on the campaign so far and why he dedicates so much time and effort to School on Wheels.
More than 5,000 children experience homelessness in Marion County each year. School on Wheels relies solely on the donations of people’s time and financial resources to provide tutoring and academic intervention for these children throughout the year. As a result, advocates such as myself and other volunteers and donors, are participating in the Share the Love Campaign. This fundraising and awareness event harnesses the collective power of our community to help break the cycle of homelessness through education.
In my ten years as a tutor with School on Wheels, I have seen my share of both heartbreaking and inspiring stories. It truly is incredible to see the difference that one tutor can make for one child in the span of just one hour. It is a weekly thing to see a young boy or girl come into the room for the tutoring hour (or “Homework Club”, as the kids call it) completely shut down – angry, upset, frustrated – you name it. But with just a few encouraging words and a little persistence, by the end of the hour, the child is fully engaged, having gained renewed confidence in his or her abilities. All a result of one person sharing his or her love – showing the child that he or she is important and that someone cares.
Please consider coming on board and helping out with this campaign. School on Wheels is a phenomenal organization, and with your support, we will reach our ultimate goal of breaking the cycle of homelessness in Indianapolis. And every dollar raised in February is matched, doubling the impact of your gift.
Plus, if we meet our goal of $10,000, not only are we a step closer to meeting the extraordinary needs of the children School on Wheels serves, but the kids at each site will get treated to a celebratory pizza party!