Every person involved in making our mission possible – from volunteers, to partners, to staff members — has a reason why they are involved, and February is the time of year when we ask people to share those reasons! During #SharetheLoveIndy, our annual awareness building and fundraising campaign, it’s inspiring to see how people are advocating for our kids and sharing their passion for breaking the cycle of homelessness. The collection of voices supporting us each February helps raise awareness for School on Wheels and child homelessness in our community.
Here are just a few of the volunteer photos we’ve loved this month that have helped us share our important story AND raise over $35,000 so far this month to directly support our programs!
When our volunteers share their tutoring stories online or in person, it can be powerful and life changing. Molly is a tutor at one of our emergency shelters, Salvation Army Ruth Lilly Women and Children’s Center. One night at tutoring, the student Molly was working with brought a Whoopee Cushion to the session. Her student told her that right now it doesn’t work because it has a hole in it, but when his mom is able to save enough money for tape, he will fix it. He also said they will have an apartment when she has saved enough money for tape.
Molly shared her experience at tutoring with her father, who was so moved by her story that he decided to take action to support our mission. Molly’s father nominated School on Wheels to receive a generous donation through the Zionsville Century Club, of which he is a member. He shared Molly’s story with the group and we were selected! With this matching challenge from Zionsville Century Club, our goal for #SharetheLoveIndy increased to $35,000. Between February 12 and February 22, 2018, the group is matching all donations up to $10,000. This is the kind of power sharing stories can have – raising funds and awareness for what we do is so critically important to the success of our students.
In addition to sharing School on Wheels stories publicly, our tutors and students are also sharing the love during the daily writing prompt at tutoring. At the beginning of each tutoring hour, our students write a few sentences to help them practice grammar, writing skills, and creativity. The writing prompt is different every day and one day this month, we asked, I love School on Wheels because… We received some pretty wonderful responses!
Whether our volunteers are sharing their passion on social media, writing about it at tutoring with our kiddos, or sharing a story about tutoring with a family member, each message shared makes a huge impact on our students. Thank you to all of our volunteers and supporters who make our mission possible!