Working on the idea that education is the key to lifting people out of poverty, Schools on Wheels has hit the road to help some of California's poorest children receive the education they need to pull themselves out of despair.
Schools on Wheels is a tutoring service that heads to parks in southern California to enhance the educational opportunities of homeless children.
Agnes Stevens, a retired teacher, founded Schools on Wheels in 1993. In the 20 years since, the program has grown to feature more than 200 volunteers who work one-on-one with homeless children ranging from kindergarteners to high school seniors.
The need for the services provided by Schools on Wheels is daunting. Some studies have found that 1 in every 45 children in American goes to sleep without a home of their own. In other words, there may be more than 1.5 million homeless children in the United States.
The problem is particularly bad in California, which out of the 50 states, has the 2nd highest number of homeless children.
Schools on Wheels intends to decrease those numbers. They accomplish their mission by offering weekly tutoring, backpacks, school supplies, uniforms, assistance in entering schools, and help in locating lost records. Schools on Wheels now has two learning centers available to homeless children and tutors children in six southern California counties, including Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernadino.
There are two easy ways to help Schools on Wheels achieve their goals. Members of the Care To Click community who are 18 years or older can volunteer to become a tutor. Those outside of the area served by Schools on Wheels can make direct donations to the organization via their website.
Care To Click is not associated with Schools on Wheels, but the organization does carry a four star rating from Charity Navigator.
At the very least, it's worth visiting the Schools on Wheels website to learn whether a similar organization could benefit your local area.
Also, remember to head to the Care To Click Education page and donate a free click or print useful coupons. At CareToClick.com, your small, everyday actions prompt our donations to groups that aid in the education of the world's children.