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.

How do we quantify our volunteers’ impact?

Total volunteer hours per year
Volunteers per year at Ozone House
Annual Value of Volunteers' Time


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 a volunteer form below  and let us know what interests you. If you have questions, email Heidi at hruud@ozonehouse.org.

Crisis Line Application

Crisis Line Volunteer


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 May 2017. 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:

The posting for Fall 2018 Training is closed. If you’re interested in becoming a crisis line counselor, please consider applying for our January round of training. Dates will be available on our website in October. If you applied online within the last two weeks with hopes of participating in Fall 2018 training, feel welcome to send an email to abrengle@ozonehouse.org. Thank you.

Here are more ways to volunteer:

Pack and/or deliver school supplies –  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. In 2016 we assembled and delivered over 1250 backpacks! Sign up NOW for a specific volunteer time slot.

Be a resume or interview skills coach – 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 during our quarterly WorkZone program.

Beautify our homes – Can’t make the Crisis Line Volunteer time commitment but have talent to share? Perhaps you’re a professional painter, a landscape designer, love to garden, or enjoy yardwork. We have three homes in Washtenaw County that need TLC in the Spring and Fall.

Make Kits for youth – Many times youth don’t have essentials needs met and we offer them basic items to get them through. On your own or with a group, you can collect items for kits and assemble them for us. Typical kits are for hygiene, move-in, new mom, gifts cards, welcome kits and more. We have the lists, just contact us and we’ll let you know what is in demand.

Organize or host a Wish List drive – A great way to engage your friends, family or co-workers, is to spearhead a personal hygiene, basic clothing, or school supply drive.

Participate in a Career Panel – Career Panels take place the third Thursday of the month at the Drop-In Center at 5pm. Youth ages 13-20 are encouraged to drop by and meet local professionals who share their expertise and answer their questions.

Provide mailing or event support – We are often looking for volunteers to share their expertise for one-time projects, large mailings, or Ozone House 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?

Want to share our mission with a group?

See Speaking Engagements

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.

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.

I enjoy helping others in my community.

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Your generous support ensures that we can offer a safe place and support – free of charge –
to hundreds of homeless and runaway youth in our community.

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