Help Restock our School Supplies

We've been busy filling backpacks with school supplies to give to our school partners as they distribute tablets and resources to students impacted by homelessness. Over 200 backpacks have been filled and shared over the past six weeks and we could use help restocking our markers, pencil sharpeners, paper, pencil boxes, and pencil pouches. Check out our wish list for all our students' needs.

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Support Our Programs & Indianapolis Businesses

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Now is a great time to purchase gift cards from your favorite local businesses. If you have a surplus of gift cards or are looking for reasons to buy more, you can purchase some to donate to our upcoming silent auction that supports our programs!  You'll get to support your favorite local business and School on Wheels programs at the same time! Questions about buying gift cards or donating other silent auction items? Contact Shannon Cochran at shannon@indysow.org.

Create an Educational Video for our Students

We’re inviting School on Wheels volunteers to engage with students and share your talents and expertise through recorded videos. This provides the perfect opportunity for students to access these tutorials at their own pace, supplement their school work with productive virtual engagement, and even see the faces of some of their favorite tutors!

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Teach a card game that practices math
  • Lead a creative writing lesson
  • Demonstrate an arts and craft project that can be accomplished with basic supplies and materials found outside
  • Show how to write and address a letter to a friend
  • Lead a child-friendly yoga routine
  • Tell a story or read a book out loud in English or Spanish and present questions for comprehension
  • Show how to create your own board game with basic supplies

Basic guidelines and things to remember:

    • Videos should be no longer than 10 minutes in length. You may record using your phone, laptop, or camera. Please find a spot to record with stable lighting and low background noise.
    • Please introduce yourself by sharing your first name and where you tutor.
    • Feel free to share a brief message of support or motivation, but refrain from mentioning the names of students or personal detail.
    • These videos will be available to all School on Wheels students, not just specific sites.
    • All videos will be reviewed by the volunteer team before being shared with our students.
    • Contact Arielle Hirt, Volunteer Coordinator, for the link to upload your video at arielle@indysow.org.

Help Sew Masks for our Partners

The CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult. We're supporting the staff and families at our shelter partners by helping supply CHIP with masks to distribute to service providers working with homeless populations across Indianapolis.

  • Masks should be made from 100% cotton.
  • All fabric should be washed with hot water and no detergent, then dried with high heat and ironed before making masks.
  • Mask sewing patterns using ties or elastic can be found here.
  • Elastic is in short supply, but t-shirts can be cut to create ties instead. Here is a tutorial on how to create fabric strips from a t-shirt.
  • When you are ready to drop off masks, stack them together and place in a ziplock bag that is labeled with the number and type of masks (e.g. 14 surgical style mask with elastic/adult or 5 surgical masks with fabric ties/child)

Matt Holland of CHIP is arranging distribution of masks. Email Matt to coordinate delivery or email Claire with sewing questions.

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