Urgent Needs


It takes a lot of ‘stuff’ and ‘skills’ to meet the needs of our kids! Here’s the latest – but come back often as it changes regularly!

Please note: We are not currently accepting books (besides those listed below) as our library is fully stocked! Here’s what we DO need…

Twitter users: Follow #WWSOW every Wednesday for updates on our most urgent needs.

6 Most Needed Items: Last updated 3.17.2014

EMPTY BACKPACKS to be filled with school supplies.


DECKS OF PLAYING CARDS for educational games.

LIBRARY NEEDS: As School on Wheels serves school-aged children kindergarten through 12th grade, we are unable to utilize board books (intended for younger children) in our program. Please consider donating new and gently used board books to our partner in literacy, Indy Reads. Additionally, many shelter partners are in need of books for younger children and accept donations directly. We gladly accept and appreciate books geared towards school-aged children. Key books of interest for School on Wheels students include:

• Books from the Drama High, Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.
• Dr. SeussCurious George, and Clifford books.
• Phonics book boxed sets to serve younger students.
• Books about Dora, Sonic, Power Rangers, Spongebob, princesses, superheroes, sports, and cars.

• Nail polish
• Lotion
Small Lego/nanoblock kits
• Nerf balls
• Gift cards – $5 for iTunes, McDonalds, pizza, Subway

SCHOOL UNIFORMS: Uniforms are required at Indianapolis Public Schools. We supply each child we tutor with 2 NEW school uniforms, free of charge. We need the following sizes of clothing (acceptable shirt colors include white, black, blue and red; pant colors include khaki, black and blue.):
Mens’ Polos: Medium, Large & X-Large (Red, white, blue, black)
Men’s Pants: Sizes 34 and above
Juniors’ Pants: all sizes
Girls’ & Boys’ Pants: Sizes 16 and above

GIFT CARDS: Used to purchase specific items in times of need. Amex, Visa, MasterCard, Kohls, Target, Wal-Mart, United Art and Education, and Staples are most applicable to the needs at our tutoring locations.

If you are interested in donating any of these items or collecting them please contact Kris Hurst via email or call 317.202.9100. Or, donate online now and offset their cost!

4 Most Needed Skills/Projects

- Photography - Video shooting or production - Ad design or placement - Database building

If you are interested in donating a skill of yours to one of our projects, or if you have an idea of how one of your talents could help spread the word about our kids, contact Elizabeth Murphy via email or call 317.202.9100.

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