Indianapolis School on Wheels

Today and every day we stand together with the families we serve, our partners, and volunteers and condemn racism and hate.

The stress, trauma, and uncertainty of a pandemic paired with a country and community in pain has been difficult for students, their families, our partners, and volunteers. Stress, trauma, and uncertainty, however, are not new to the students and families we serve.

While anyone can become homeless, discrimination that perpetuates disparities has contributed to a disproportionate number of black families being impacted by homelessness. Across the United States, black people make up 40% of the homelessness population despite representing 13% of the general population. This overrepresentation of black families impacted by homelessness is present in Indianapolis and is reflected in the identity of the children and families we serve each day.

In addition, black residents of Marion County tested positive for coronavirus at nearly twice the rate of white residents. These are numbers we can’t ignore because black lives matter. The families we serve matter. Our neighbors matter.

When describing the work we do, we often say we are breaking the cycle of homelessness through education. We firmly believe in the power of education. We also understand and embrace that education goes beyond building grade level skills for our students. We know we must better educate ourselves about the manifestations of racism and understand our role in addressing it in order to create a more just and equitable world for our students and their children for generations to come.

While we are focused on creating a just and equitable future, we’re also rooted in the present. The work we do daily as we walk alongside children and families impacted by homelessness to provide tutoring and academic support is ongoing.

We continue to focus on our ongoing diversity efforts to build a staff and volunteer base whose diverse experiences and voices will help guide our programs and impact as we scale to meet a growing need in Indianapolis. We are committed to always listening, learning, and continuing to educate ourselves as we work with our community to create lasting change.


Lucy Parsons Labs

Lucy Parsons Labs is a collaboration between data scientists, transparency activists, artists, & technologists that operates in Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area. We work at the intersection of digital rights and on-the-streets issues. Our main lines of work include providing digital security trainings, pursuing police accountability, researching the use of civil asset forfeiture, and filing public records requests.


Malala Fund

Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai founded Malala Fund in 2013 to champion every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education.

Together our board, leadership council, staff and champions are creating a more equal world by making sure all girls can go to school.


The Voter Participation Center

We are the New American Majority.
The New American Majority—young people, people of color and unmarried women—is 150 million people strong. They represent 64% of the people who can vote in America.*


Real Change

Our Mission

Real Change exists to provide opportunity and a voice to low-income and homeless people while taking action for economic, social and racial justice.

JOBS – Low-barrier, immediate work opportunity for anyone who needs it.

JOURNALISM – Our weekly, award-winning newspaper covers issues that impact our community.

JUSTICE – Anti-capitalist advocacy that centers the voices of those most impacted.


Real Change is led by and accountable to the community we serve. Vendor committees advise each department, including the Vendor Organizing Committee, the Vendor Advisory Board, and the Editorial Committee. Currently, due to the pandemic, committee activity is paused. Vendor leaders also serve on the Board of Directors.


Free Library of Philadelphia

The mission of the Free Library of Philadelphia is to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity. Its vision is to build an enlightened community devoted to lifelong learning.


Emerald Youth Foundation

At Emerald Youth Foundation, our mission is to raise up a large number of urban youth to love Jesus Christ and become effective leaders who help renew their communities.

We’ve been working closely with the community since the late 1980s, when we began a summer outreach ministry designed to support urban youth. Read on to learn more about our history and activities over the last 25 years.

Education, Children, Animal Welfare

The Indianapolis Zoo

As one of the largest zoos in the country that does not receive government support, we rely on our donors for everything we do. Every dollar we spend is strategically put to work, and every donor that joins us in our mission of conservation is appreciated. See the strides we have made in the past years through our annual reports and tax forms below. Our mission; We protect nature and inspire people to care for our world. Our Vision; We believe in a world where nature and people thrive.

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