School on Wheels’ mission is to provide one-on-one tutoring and educational advocacy for school-aged children impacted by homelessness.

Our vision is to equip these children with the educational tools necessary to achieve success in life and break the cycle of homelessness.

Our History

Founded in 2001 by Sally Bindley, MSW, School on Wheels provides one-on-one tutoring and educational advocacy for school-aged children impacted by homelessness. In its first year, School on Wheels and its staff of two, along with 11 volunteers, tutored 50 children at two shelters partners.

Since that time School on Wheels has grown to serve nearly 400 children each year at 16 partner sites with the help of nearly 450 volunteer tutors. School on Wheels provides school-based programs,  shelter-based programs, and academic enrichment programs for children impacted by homelessness. Through each of our programs, we not only work with children, but with the parents of these children so they can become the best advocates for their child's education.

Since its inception, School on Wheels has:

  • Provided tutoring at shelter and school locations throughout Marion County
  • Utilized nearly 5,500 community volunteers as tutors
  • Provided tutoring to 5,875 school-aged homeless children
  • Provided 85,000 hours of tutoring
  • Distributed 3,200 backpacks filled with school supplies to homeless children
  • Distributed 6,200 sets of school uniforms to homeless children
  • Empowered over 1,200 parents through thousands of support hours, including workshops, office hours, and facilitating communications with their children’s teachers and school administration.

*September 2001 through June 2019

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