Volunteer

EVERYDAY HEROES OPEN DOORS FOR HOMELESS YOUTH.
Our volunteers make our house a home for those in need.

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  • “Ozone House is not about helping bad teenagers; it’s about helping teenagers in bad situations.”- Jeanne Learman, Ozone House supporter since 1976

    Strong, reliable and dedicated to youth, Ozone House volunteers are community members, students, Ozone House alumni, and retirees.

    On the frontlines, volunteer crisis counselors answer over 2200 calls each year from youth in crisis on our crisis line, available 24/7, 365 days a year. They deliver over 1300 backpacks full of school supplies, underwear, and socks to homeless school aged kids in school in Washtenaw County. They help youth develop resumes and job interview skills too.

    Together, we help youth lead safe, healthy and productive lives.


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WAYS YOU CAN VOLUNTEER

There are many different and important ways that you can get involved at Ozone House. Whether you are interested in crisis intervention, or just want to help out around the house, we will work with you to develop a volunteer opportunity that matches your skills and interests. Please fill out the volunteer form  and let us know what interests you. If you have questions, email volunteer@ozonehouse.org.

Volunteer Form

Crisis Line Volunteer

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Ozone House is always seeking compassionate volunteers to become Crisis Line counselors.

Crisis Line counselors listen and provide critical information, referrals, and crisis intervention to youth and families struggling with such issues as family conflict, runaway episodes, homelessness, suicide, abuse and neglect, domestic violence, sexual orientation and gender identity, and other crises.

Crisis Line Volunteers counselors complete a 40-hour training on two Wednesday evenings and two consecutive weekends. Once completed, volunteers commit to one 4-hour shift per week for 8+ months.

Become a Crisis Line Volunteer!

Here’s How:

  1. Sign up to attend an interview. The next round of interviews will be held in September 2016. Please e-mail Allison Brengle at Abrengle@OzoneHouse.org to schedule your interview.
  2. Click here to complete the on-line application. Please direct application questions to Allison Brengle at Abrengle@OzoneHouse.org.
  3. Get invited to training. After the interview, you may be invited to continue on to the crisis line training if Ozone House seems like the right fit for you.
  4. Attend the volunteer training! All of the training dates are mandatory and required for you to be eligible to volunteer on the Crisis Line.

Crisis Line volunteer training sessions will be held for invited trainees:

  • Wednesday, May 3 6PM-9PM
  • Saturday, May 6 9AM-5PM
  • Sunday, May 7 9AM-5PM
  • Wednesday, May 10 6PM-9PM
  • Saturday, May 13 9AM-5PM
  • Sunday, May 14 9AM-5PM 
Crisis Line Application
Here are more ways to volunteer:

Be a Project Volunteer – Can’t make the Crisis Line Volunteer time commitment but have talent to share? Perhaps you’re a professional painter or a landscape designer. We are often looking for volunteers to share their expertise for one-time projects or large mailings and Ozone House events.

Host a fundraiser or awareness raiser event – Would you be interested in hosting an event for your friends, at a location of your choice, to educate them on Ozone House and the great work we do for our community? It can either be a fundraiser or just an awareness raiser.

Be a Career Panelist – Career Panels take place once per month at the Drop-In Center. Youth ages 13-20 are encouraged to drop by and meet local professionals who share their expertise and answer all their questions. If you are interested in sharing your expertise with young people, please contact Colleen at cobrien@ozonehouse.org.

Support WorkZone Want to be a role model for youth in the workplace? Help youth create and/or review their resumes or coach youth on interview skills through a mock interview process.

Host a homeless simulation  A homeless simulation puts you in the shoes of a homeless youth. As a homeless youth, you need to make choices about your resources and asking for help. Great way to see firsthand the challenges that our youth face. The simulation ends with a short discussion on resources that can assist the youth. We have hosted homeless simulations for organizations as well as groups of friends.

Organize or host a WishList Drive – A great way to engage your friends, co-workers, or community relations is to spearhead a personal hygiene, basic clothing, or school supply drive. Please see The Education Project  for details about collecting and delivering school supplies. Specific volunteer opportunities are available to deliver winter clothing to students in need. Please see our school support page for dates and times.

Special Events – Sometimes Ozone House needs volunteers to work at events that we host or that we are third party participants. Would you be interested in representing Ozone House at an event?

Support Administrative Tasks – Have time to help us with mailings, clerical work or help us get organized?

Help with Yard Maintenance/Building Maintenance – Do you have a special talent in the garden/landscaping or cleaning and fixing things around the house? We have three homes that need some TLC.

Provide Professional Services – Perhaps your talents are in the professional services arena, such as painting or carpentry.

 

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You can learn a lot in the classroom, but no amount of studying will give you the experience of helping a real youth in need.

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to hundreds of homeless and runaway youth in our community.

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