Randolph Savings Bank Funds SOWMA Tutoring In Randolph

December 12, 2014


Randolph Savings Bank (RSB) in partnership with key community leaders recently announced a $20,000 commitment to be spread over two years to bring School on Wheels of Massachusetts (SOWMA) unique tutoring program to the town of Randolph.  SOWMA is focused on working with students affected by homelessness stay focused on their studies. This commitment will ensure the program has two full school years to get established in Randolph and raise other funding sources to continue past the initial two years.  RSB committed $10,000 over two years and the following community leaders committed the additional $10,000:

  • William & Alex Alexopoulos, Owners of Randolph Automotive Servicenter, Inc.
  • Robert Caparella, owner of LaScala
  • Roy Conrad & Helen Conrad, Roy is a member of the RSB board of Directors
  • Vincent Lombardo, CEO of Lombardo’s
  • Janis Wentzell, a member of the RSB Board of Directors and the owner Auto Craft, Inc.

SOWMA recruits, trains and supports community volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring for children in kindergarten through grade 12 living in temporary homes such as family shelters, motels and transitional apartments. Each tutor meets with the same child each week to reinforce grade level learning skills, work on school projects, and help boost the child's self-esteem. They also have a back pack program which provides the students with needed school supplies and required reading books twice a year.

With over 70 homeless students who have to be bussed out of Randolph daily because there is no temporary housing options in the town SOWMA faced a unique problem: how to tutor the children during the school day? With the support of Helenann Civian at the Randolph Community Middle School they managed to arrange schedules in a way that the tutors could meet with students during the school day.

“We are proud to partner with key local leaders to bring School on Wheels to Randolph.” said Jim McDonough, President and CEO of Randolph Savings Bank. “Their tutoring programs provide a critical service for youth in our community who are experiencing the trauma of homelessness. The services provided by SOWMA provide these children with essential tools for a successful future. It is a privilege to support an organization that will make such a positive impact on the lives of these families.”

Cheryl Opper, Founder and Executive Director of SOWMA shared “Randolph Savings Bank and the other incredible business leaders are our best ambassadors for SOWMA and our kids. We are thankful to have such a strong business partners helping us reach out into new communities. Their dedication and commitment to the children in the Randolph community is inspiring. Truly, it is the new business model we will use moving forward with our expansion plans.”

School on Wheels of Massachusetts (SOWMA) was founded in 2004. The one-on-one academic program supports children struggling to stay on track in school while experiencing homelessness.  In 2004, SOWMA worked with 20 children a week in two family shelters.  SOWMA now provides customized services for over 200 plus students in grades K through 12 at 14 program sites, as well as 35 college students currently enrolled at 12 different schools throughout New England. 

Randolph Savings Bank, founded in 1851, believes in people helping people. For over 150 years, they have been providing individuals, families, homeowners and businesses in our community a wide variety of products that are convenient and hassle-free. They have five full service locations and two lending centers serving Massachusetts and are dedicated to providing outstanding service to each and every one of their customers. Randolph Savings Bank believes it is both their civic responsibility and their honor to support the communities they are part of.