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Volunteer tutors sought for children impacted by homelessness in Fall River, Brockton, Randolph & other locations
(BROCKTON, MA) – The leading Massachusetts organization providing one-on-one after school tutoring, new backpacks and school supplies, and educational advocacy and support to children impacted by homelessness will add three new locations to its fast-growing roster of venues this autumn.
The award-winning non-profit organization, School on Wheels of Massachusetts (SOWMA), will begin offering customized academic support services to children and teens impacted by homelessness at the Roy Street Shelter in Fall River, the Starr Transition House in Brockton and Randolph High School in Randolph. The expansions mark SOWMA’s first entrance into Fall River and its first offering of tutoring services inside a public high school.
Founded by Cheryl Opper of Easton, SOWMA has grown from a fledgling organization working with just 20 students living in two family shelters in 2004 into a major influence on child homelessness in Massachusetts in 2015. Serving students in grades K-12 at shelters, schools and hotels in Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford, Norwell, Randolph, Stoughton, and Weymouth plus 35 college students enrolled at 12 different colleges and universities, SOWMA has touched more than 1,800 students’ lives during the past 11 years.
SOWMA’s fast-track growth and addition of tutoring sites in Fall River, Brockton and Randolph have generated an increased need for volunteer tutors, explains SOWMA Operations Director Robin Gilbert. “We are expecting to serve approximately 250 students a week in 15 different locations and we are hoping to have approximately 450 tutors over the year,” she explains.
SOWMA tutor/mentors are asked to provide one to two hours a week of one-on-one tutoring to a child in grades K-12. Each SOWMA tutor works with a student on homework and school projects in an effort to fill in the layers of learning that may be missing due to frequent moves and school absences. SOWMA tutors are expected to serve as mentors and positive role models.
Every SOWMA volunteer must attend a three-hour Tutoring Training before beginning to tutor. Upcoming Tutor Trainings for the new Roy Street Shelter in Fall River and all other sites will be held on the following days and times:
Tuesday, September 8, 5:30-8:30pm, SOWMA office, 790 West Chestnut St., Brockton
Thursday, September 10, 5:30-8:30pm, HarbOur House, 713 Shawmut Ave., New Bedford
Saturday, September 12, 9am-12pm, Crescent Credit Union, 115 Commercial St., Brockton
Monday, September 14, 5:30-8:30pm, St. Helen’s Parish Hall, 383 Washington St., Norwell
Wednesday, September 16, 6-9pm, SOWMA office, 790 West Chestnut St., Brockton
Thursday, September 17, 5:30-8:30pm, St. Helen’s Parish Hall, 383 Washington St., Norwell
Saturday, September 19, 1-4pm, SOWMA office, 790 West Chestnut St., Brockton
Monday, September 21, 5:30-8:30pm, Justice Resource institute, 45 North Main St., Fall River
Wednesday, September 23, 5:30-8:30pm, Justice Resource institute, 45 North Main St., Fall River
Thursday, September 24, 5:30-8:30pm, SOWMA office, 790 West Chestnut St., Brockton
SOWMA tutoring sessions in Fall River will begin in mid-October.
To become a SOWMA tutor and influence a child impacted by homelessness, register online at http://sowma.org/get-involved/tutor-mentor/new-tutor-training.
ABOUT SCHOOL ON WHEELS OF MASSACHUSETTS
School on Wheels of Massachusetts (SOWMA) is the only organization in Massachusetts providing one-on-one after school tutoring, new backpacks and school supplies, and educational advocacy and support to children impacted by homelessness in multiple locations. SOWMA is dedicated to providing every child with the tools to achieve his or her full potential.