School Support

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SCHOOL SUPPORT

Ozone House’s The Education Project ensures that students affected by homelessness enroll, attend, and succeed in school.

Need support with school? Here’s how we help.

The Education Project, sometimes known as the The Education Project for Homeless Youth (EPHY), is designed to ensure that students experiencing homelessness or unstable living situations enroll, regularly attend and succeed in school. Under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, students who are homeless must have equal access to free and appropriate public education. Ozone House will provide resources for you to stay in school.

CRISIS LINE

Need help now?

Support and resources for youth and those who care about youth are available any time – day or night – at (734) 662-2222.

All Ozone House services are free, voluntary and confidential.

How can you access The Education Project?

The Education Project is housed in the Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD). Here you can find information about who is eligible for McKinney-Vento services, what services are offered and additional links and supports around youth homelessness and education. The Education Project works closely with liaisons in the school districts, allies within each school, community partners, and families to identify and serve all youth affected by homelessness. You can reach Dawn in the Education Project office at 734-994-8100 X 1518 or at despy@ozonehouse.org.

The Education Project office is staffed regularly Monday – Thursday from 9am – 3:30pm.

FAQ’s about the Education Project

How can you help?

The Education Project relies on a combination of grant support from the state and donations from members of the community. Many of the items provided to families, like toiletries and school supplies, are supplied through donations. This allows The Education Project the ability to fund other school related expenses like field trips, sports/activities, tutoring services and temporary transportation for students. Additionally, the program is always looking for volunteers to help pack up supplies for youth as well as deliver supplies to schools within the districts. By having a team of volunteers ready to disperse supplies, The Education Project will serve families more effectively.

The Education Project Volunteer Opportunities

  • Inventory Management:  Count, sort and organize school supplies, toiletries, clothing, etc. to be distributed to students and families.  Assemble school supply and toiletry kits as needed.
  • Distribution of Supplies:  Deliver backpacks and other supplies to schools, shelters, etc. to be given to students. (Completion of Volunteer Orientation/Training, Background Check and Fingerprinting required.)
  • Shoppers:  Volunteers are needed to shop (sometimes with families) at Meijer, Wal-Mart, Target, etc. (using donated gift cards) for these items. (Completion of Volunteer Orientation/Training, Background Check and Fingerprinting required.)
  • Organize a drive for school supplies, socks and underwear, toiletries or gift cards at your local religious organization, place of work, neighborhood, schools, etc.  Contact us for specific needs.
  • Join our Extended Family Network.  The Education Project’s Extended Family is a group of volunteers who give us permission to contact them approximately 1-2x per month when our families have requests that we may not have funding for or for supplies we do not have.
  • Make a donation!  We are always in need of gift cards (Meijer, Target, Big Lots, etc.), school supplies, toiletries (shampoo, soap, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, toothpaste, lotion, etc.) and cash to be used to fund special needs of students that may arise during the year.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Susan Allison at susanallison1231@att.net.

 

School Supplies List

CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Tuesday, March 14,  11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Organize inventory, assemble school supply packages
 
Thursday, March 16,  11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Organize inventory, assemble school supply packages
 
Tuesday, March 21,  11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Organize inventory, assemble school supply packages
 
Thursday, March 23,  11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Organize inventory, assemble school supply packages
 
Tuesday, March 28,  11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Organize inventory, assemble school supply packages
 
Thursday, March 30,  11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Organize inventory, assemble school supply packages
 

Please contact Susan Allison if you would like to volunteer.

 

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