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!
- Nonperishable meals and snacks
- Can opener - hand held
- Disinfectant Wipes
- Travel size first aid kits
- Full Size - Shampoo, Conditioner, and Body Wash
- Umbrellas and Rain ponchos
- Bug Spray
- Women sweatpants or yoga style pants: Size Adult S, M, L, XL
- Men sweatpants: Size M, L, XL, XXL
- Women sweatshirts/hoodies/jackets: Size Adult M, L, XL, XXL
- Men sweatshirts/hoodies/jackets: Size Adult L, XL, XXL, XXXL
- Gift cards $5 to $10 dollars at fast food locations
- New duffle bags – medium size
- Small double sided dry erase boards
- Card games - Uno, deck of cards, Phase 10, etc.
- Fidget / Sensory toys and putty
- 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. Host Homes are families with or without children, singles, and 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 10 years. We don’t ask you to become a counselor; Host families provide shelter, 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.
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.