Phone: (309) 827-0377

Get Involved

Current Needs

If you or your community group would like to give back, we encourage you to consider organizing a supply drive for the most urgent needs of our youth. Please see items below.

We help more than 400 runaway and homeless youth every year. Most usually have little more than the clothes they are wearing. We accept the items listed below or money to purchase new items such as clothing, food, phone cards, hygiene items and more. To help support our school based programs we also accept school supplies, art supplies, and other items listed on our Amazon Wish List. Thank you for your support!

Visit our Amazon Wishlist 

  • Nonperishable meals and snacks
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Travel size first aid kits
  • Full Size - Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, deoderant
  • Umbrellas and Rain ponchos
  • Bug Spray
  • Sunblock
  • Women sweatpants or yoga style pants: Size Adult S, M, L, XL (new items only, please)
  • Men sweatpants: Size M, L, XL, XXL (new items only, please)
  • Women sweatshirts/hoodies/jackets: Size Adult M, L, XL, XXL (new items only, please)
  • Men sweatshirts/hoodies/jackets: Size Adult L, XL, XXL, XXXL (new items only, please)
  • Gift cards $5 to $10 at fast food locations
  • New duffle bags – medium size
  • Fidget / Sensory toys and putty
  • Backpacks
  • School supplies - pens, pencils, notebooks
  • Art supplies - coloring books, colored pencils, markers

Host Homes Network

Be a part of the solution by becoming a Host Home. They provide temporary, overnight shelter for a runaway or homeless youth under the age of 18. Host Homes are families with or without children, singles, and/or retirees. They are paid for their training and for the time they spend providing service. Some of our Homes have been in the network for more than 20 years. We don’t ask you to become a counselor; Host families provide a safe, caring environment, and we do the rest. Call us at 309-827-0377 for more information about how you can provide safety to youth who are separated from their parents.

Board Member

If you have a passion to help youth in need within your community, and the ability to share your time and talents, Project Oz would love to discuss the possibility of becoming a Board Member.

Board Member Recommendation/Application Form