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 2,200 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

 
Crisis Line Application

Crisis Line Volunteering

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.

Thank you for your interest in Ozone House's crisis line volunteer program. Please take some time to read about our programs on our website before filling out this application. This application will be open through August 26, and selected applicants will be interviewed by the end of August. If you are selected to be a crisis line volunteer, you will be asked to attend our crisis line training in September. We are still working on training dates and times. They will likely take place the first few weeks of September in the evenings or on the weekends. 

Please note that all training is IN-PERSON. There are no online/virtual opportunities for training or volunteering at this time. If you have any questions, please email our welcome center team at ozone.ctc@gmail.com or call 734-662-2222.

Upcoming Outdoor Service Days

We host monthly Spring, Summer, and Fall, outdoor service days to help us beautify our outdoor spaces for our youth residents.

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.

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.

Be a resume or interview skills coachWant 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.  We typically use 4-6 volunteers per quarter.

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. We take 5 volunteers per month.

Want to share our mission with a group?

See Speaking Engagement

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. Email Megh at mhollowell@ozonehouse.org.

I began to volunteer at Ozone House to gain experience in speaking to people in tough situations and to do something good for the community with my extra time. I have continued volunteering because while it can be challenging, it is also extremely rewarding to help others.

Eastern Michigan University, Biology major/Chemistry minor and Medical School in the future 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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