December has arrived in Indianapolis like a whisper, tiptoeing in with snow lightly blanketing the city after a bustling November. The glow of the upcoming holidays has us reflecting with gratitude on the community members who have helped us create lasting impact in the lives of those we serve this year. We are also caught up in the giving spirit that so many of our supporters are demonstrating.

We recruited and trained 136 amazing new tutors this semester who are helping us transform lives through education.

Next semester we’ll need even more tutors to help our students during the school day and after school. Make your New Year’s resolution early and commit to dedicating an hour a week to transform the life of a child through education by filling out a volunteer application online today. Have questions? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Arielle Hirt.

Each week we work with  200 students at 15 different partner sites with a focus on homework completion, grade-level skill building, and grade promotion. Of students who had 30+ School on Wheels tutoring sessions, 98% were promoted to the next grade.

All our services are offered at no cost to students, families and partners. This means we depend on cash and in-kind support to transform lives through education, but making a donation doesn’t just mean writing a check.

Register for TEAM ORANGE and $10 of your 12 Bars of Charity fee supports School on Wheels. Round up a team for the December 14 event and enjoy a night out in Indy while giving back. Use promo code SOWINDY2018 for $5 off.

Vote for Cheerleader Katie before December 16 and encourage your friends to do the same. Your vote helps our chances of getting a $10,000 grant for school uniforms!

Double the impact of your cash gift this December, thanks to matching support from the Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation. Gifts from new donors, or increased gifts will be matched when you make a gift today!

This semester, we’ve provided 2 full sets of uniforms to 169 students and distributed 155 backpacks filled with grade-level school supplies.

More than 20 Indianapolis businesses have contributed cash or in-kind contributions to help us provide school supplies and uniforms to children in our program this year. Does your company have Jeans Day that supports a local charity? Maybe they sponsor events or even offer employee matching! Talk to your company about supporting School on Wheels in 2019 and connect with VP of Development, Amber Ewing to learn more.

We’re grateful each day to be a part of the Indianapolis community. Together, we can do more to ensure the children impacted by homelessness in our city are set up for academic success today, and beyond. Learn more ways to support School on Wheels throughout the year here.