We’re excited to announce that we not only met our $45,000 Share the Love goal, but we surpassed it! With the help of 636 donors, we raised $52,299. This also means that we unlocked our $45,000 matching gift and doubled our impact, which will allow us to provide a full year of tutoring to 90 unhoused students across Indianapolis!
We couldn’t have achieved this without our amazing volunteers, board and committee members, staff, and supporters. We’re in awe of how many people have shared why School on Wheels and our programs are so important to them this month and loved seeing the passion of our volunteers and staff move so many to action. We saw gifts coming in from around the country and across the world because of their outstanding efforts. We had so much fun sharing stories and seeing all the ways our supporters challenged their friends and family to give this month.
Our top five fundraisers blew us away with what they helped achieve this month through creative fundraising. These individuals inspired hundreds of people to contribute over $15,000 to our Share the Love goal.
Finance Committee member Josh Springer used personal outreach and social media to challenge his network to give the price of two cups of coffee. Long time tutor Ellyn Hessong took to social media and wove stories of School on Wheels and tutoring into Instagram stories nearly every day. She even recruited her family members to help her talk about why School on Wheels is important. Tutor and Diversity Committee member JR Sandadi is actively engaged with School on Wheels and Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh and combined selfless service with our mission to engage his friends, family, and fellow Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh volunteers from around the world in Share the Love.
Volunteer Coordinator Arielle Hirt created a fun and successful camp-themed trivia night for a group of alumni from a camp where she used to be a counselor. Arielle suggested a $10 donation for participants and quickly met and doubled her personal goal because people were so excited about the opportunity to have fun while doing good. SPOKES Committee member Alex Miller used personal outreach to his friends and family to share why he supports School on Wheels and quickly surpassed his goal.
Every dollar truly makes an impact and quickly adds up when hundreds of people open their eyes and ears to the issue of youth homelessness. More people have learned about our mission and impact because of everyone who shared their passion for education and why giving matters.
Thank you to everyone who championed School on Wheels this February! It’s amazing what we can do when we work together. Mark your calendars for February 2022 when we’ll start sharing the love again. Your voice and passion will help us raise critical awareness and funds to help us continue to break the cycle of homelessness through education!