Ways to Engage

Each year, hundreds of community supporters of all types choose to give to School on Wheels. Because of this dedicated support, our programs have transformed thousands of lives through education throughout the past 20 years. Whether our community is contributing their time, expertise, financial gifts, in-kind support, or helping us spread awareness about our mission, our programs and impact are made possible because of this generosity. Check out all the ways our community supports us below! 

Volunteer

It takes volunteers of all types to keep our programs and office running smoothly. Nearly 200 active volunteer tutors give an hour per week for the duration of an entire semester to help unhoused students complete homework and build grade level skills. Many also choose to give their time as a board or committee member to help us generate funds and awareness for our kids, or as an office volunteer to help with various projects.

Crystal Haslett is just one of over 45 dedicated board and committee members. She’s the Coordinator of Student Programs & Community Liaison for Washington Township School and serves as the district’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Liaison. Her specialized and unique expertise is immensely valuable to both our board and IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, and awareness) committee.

Join Crystal in volunteering your time and expertise. Apply to be a volunteer tutor today or contact Shannon to join our auction committee, Fatima to join our IDEA or SPOKES committee, or Amber to join our development committee. 

Donate

Over 900 individuals donate to School on Wheels each year! Rik Lineback is just one of these donors. After seeing the impact of our programs firsthand as a volunteer tutor, Rik made his first financial contribution in 2017 before becoming a monthly recurring donor just two years later.

Gifts of all sizes make an incredible impact. When you donate any amount, you are providing unhoused children with the educational tools necessary to achieve success in life and break the cycle of homelessness. Join Rik in giving the gift of education by donating today.

Engage Employees and Sponsor Events

Our corporate partners and sponsors provide critical funding and other resources that help our programs thrive. These generous businesses are passionate about investing in the future of Indianapolis.

Royal United Mortgage has been a corporate partner and sponsor since 2008. Not only do they provide financial support as a sponsor of our annual Education Celebration event, but they also volunteer their time whenever we have a need and provide in-kind items each year as a participant in our #PackAPack challenge.

There are so many ways for corporations to engage with us! If you’d like to learn more about volunteer opportunities for your team or would like to help us collect school supplies and uniforms during #PackAPack, contact Fatima. If you’re interested in becoming an Education Celebration sponsor or would like to discuss other opportunities for how you can engage your company in giving back, contact Amber.

Become a Local Business Partner

Indianapolis is full of stores, restaurants, fitness studios, and other businesses that strive to create meaningful impact in the community by giving back. We’re fortunate that many choose to support School on Wheels by donating a percentage of their proceeds or by donating in-kind items purchased and collected by their customers and clients.

Broad Ripple-based Marigold Clothing has been a fantastic giveback partner since 2015. Whether they host a school supply drive through their store or donate a percentage of their proceeds back to us, we know we can always count on our friends at Marigold Clothing.

Third party events are a fun way to engage the community in doing good while also giving back to School on Wheels’ kids and programs! If you’re interested in hosting a supply or uniform drive, contact Fatima. To learn more about giveback partnerships or events, contact Shannon.

Foundation and Grant Support

Our tutoring and academic support services are provided at no cost to every child we serve. Family foundations and grant funders provide essential dollars that help keep our programs going year after year.

The Tom and Julie Wood Family Foundation is committed to helping us create a brighter future for our city’s most vulnerable children through their ongoing financial contributions. Their early investment toward expanding our presence in schools has been critical to laying the groundwork for allowing us to continue to grow and reach even more unhoused students.

In order to further its mission work, Northminster Presbyterian Church established a grant program and has supported our mission since 2016. When the pandemic hit and students were learning virtually, Northminster didn’t hesitate to provide funding for technology and tools that were vital to keeping us connected and engaged with our students during this time.

To discuss how to support School on Wheels through a family foundation, contact Amber. For any grant support inquiries, contact Claire.