Helping kids succeed is truly a community effort, and luckily we get to see the Indianapolis community rally around the kids we serve every day. The passion for education that exists among individuals and corporations in our city is amazing, and our latest campaign, #FallforSOW, was a particularly impressive example of the support our kids have.

#FallforSOW was developed by SPOKES, School on Wheels’ community outreach group.  Through social, networking and educational events, SPOKES works to engage the Indianapolis community in a dialogue regarding the challenges faced by homeless youth as they strive for educational success. SPOKES also helps fill some of School on Wheels’ unmet needs by hosting supply drives, recruiting tutors, serving as advocates in the community and participating in fundraising efforts and events.

This year five corporations joined us for this two-month-long challenge that kicked off August 1, encouraging their employees to collect backpacks and gift cards to help us secure school supplies. These companies posted pictures of what they had collected each week, sharing these images on Facebook and Twitter, and challenging their employees to give even more. Clearly these employees stepped up to the challenge because the results of the drive, which ended September 30, are in and we have some very special winners to congratulate.

Fall for SOW Results

Ice Miller collected the most gift cards, bringing in $490

Royal United Mortgage collected the most backpacks, bringing in 109 backpacks

Other participating corporations included Ernst & Young, Kite Realty and Wilson Kehoe Winingham. Together these corporations, along with Ice Miller and Royal United Mortgage, raised $965 in gift cards and donations as well as collected 173 backpacks. Thanks to efforts like this, we are able to equip our kids with the right supplies to give them what they need to succeed each school day. Thank you to the participating companies and to SPOKES for helping students experiencing homelessness achieve academic success! We couldn’t do it without you.

Inspired to get more involved in supporting our kids? Check out other ways that people have given creatively or learn more about SPOKES today!