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 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

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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 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 next crisis line training session is scheduled for January. See dates below.

January 16 6:00PM – 9:00PM

January 19 9:00AM – 5:00PM

January 20 9:00AM – 5:00PM

January 23 6:00PM – 9:00PM

January 26 9:00AM – 5:00PM

January 27 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Here are more ways to volunteer:

Due to the circumstances of many of our youth being minors and many experiencing crisis in their lives. Opportunities to work with young people is strictly limited to our WorkZone, work training program, and our career panel. Thank you for understanding.

SIGN UP FOR OUR VOLUNTEER NEWSLETTER BELOW TO SEE CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES.

Are you a high school student or college student looking to volunteer (or a group)? Consider hosting a drive at your school for toiletries, winter warmth items, gifts cards or bus tokens. You can also get a group together and assemble kits. Another great idea is to host an event for your peers, benefiting Ozone House. Ideas like:  restaurant night, concert, play, fashion show, dress up day, hat day, talent show, giant twister tournament, couch surfing race, or any fun idea you may have. Once you have decided, contact Heidi at hruud@ozonehouse.org.

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 2017 we assembled and delivered over 1,170 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. See button below. We typically use 4-6 volunteers per quarter.

Beautify our homes –  We have always need a Spring and Fall cleanup at 1705 Washtenaw. We typically take one group per season. Fall cleanup for 2018 is not available at this time.

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.

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. See our Amazon wish list.

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. See button below to sign up. We take 5 volunteers per month.

Provide mailing or event support – We typically have a very large holiday mailing in November and an annual report mailing in May. We can always use support. We will solicit help through our volunteer newsletter.

Want to share our mission with a group?

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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.

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.

University of Michigan 2015, Psychology August 6, 2016

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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