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A Time to Help Motown Soup

A Time to Help Motown Soup

For 13 years, Motown Soup has been helping our community feed and shelter people by donating over $900,000, earned with the continued support of its volunteers and customers. Motown Soup is a 100% volunteer organization, with 100% of its profits going to non-profits in need. In 2018, the SAY Detroit Play Center at Lipke Park was the recipient of a $2,000 donation from Motown Soup, with the funding going towards the center’s food program.

Event Details

Project Description: Volunteers will be assembling soups and other dry goods mixes, as well as packaging and boxing them. All proceeds from the sale of the products benefit homeless shelters, soup kitchens and food pantries.

Date: Saturday, March 6

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Where: 45160 Van Dyke Ave., Utica, MI. 48317 (corner of Hall Road and Van Dyke), in the lower level of Trinity Lutheran Church | Map

Parking: Free parking in lot adjacent to the building.

Attire/Other Info: All volunteers will be “suited up’’ with aprons, hats and gloves. Please refrain from coming to the project if you’re sick or not feeling well. You’ll be invited to “shop’’ for soups after the event.

Volunteers Needed: 30

Sign up: atimetohelp.org

Questions: atimetohelp.detroit@gmail.com

A Time to Help Update – February 2019

A Time to Help Update – February 2019

Saturday’s A Time to Help project at the Senate Theater in Detroit featured a little bit of everything: Cleaning, organ playing, and water spewing from a burst pipe.

A burst pipe?

More on that in a minute, but suffice it to say, our volunteers put forth a top-notch effort making the grand old movie house a whole lot spiffier. We spruced up the lobbies, wiped down every single seat in the theater, along with scrubbing two bathrooms, the stage and the auditorium floor.

Jim Murdock of Troy, who has volunteered with ATTH for the past 10 years, said “making a difference’’ in the lives of others is the main reason why he drove down to southwest Detroit on Saturday to join the group.

“I just got tired of writing a check; I didn’t know where my money was going,” he said. “I decided that I’d rather do something with my back than with my wallet.”

The project also featured SAY Detroit founder Mitch Albom taking a break from cleaning to try his hand playing the theater’s Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ, which used to be housed at the Fisher Theater until it was moved to the Senate in the early 1960s. . . . continue reading »

A Time to Help The Senate Theater

A Time to Help The Senate Theater

Volunteers will be performing general maintenance tasks — including cleaning — at the Senate Theater, home of the nonprofit Detroit Theater Organ Society. Please bring cleaning supplies if you have them, such as buckets, rags, mops and brooms. Write your name on your items.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, February 2

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Where: 6424 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, 48210 (west of Livernois) | Map of area

Volunteers Needed: 30

Sign up: atimetohelp.org

Questions: atimetohelp.detroit@gmail.com

A Time to Help Update – November & December 2018

A Time to Help Update – November & December 2018

Decorating A Holiday Hit

Nov. 30 | Detroit — We’ll know for sure on Saturday, but the preliminary results were more than encouraging.

For the first time ever, A Time to Help added a second event (aka pre-gamer) in advance of SAY Detroit’s annual Christmas Party to benefit The Salvation Army Harbor Light in Detroit: a decorating party to get the Ellen A. Thompson Center all gussied up before Saturday’s big day for shelter residents and their children. . . continue reading »


A Magical Party For The Salvation Army

DETROIT: What do you get when you gather 175 children, 65 volunteers, limitless activities filled with nothing but fun — and a surprise visit from Santa Claus?

Why, it’s the annual SAY Detroit/A Time to Help Christmas Party to benefit shelter women and their children at The Salvation Army Harbor Light.

Hosted by SAY Detroit founder Mitch Albom and his radio show co-host Ken Brown, the 21st edition was a smash hit Saturday (Dec. 1), brightening the day for dozens of mothers and their children who are in need of holiday warmth and cheer this time of year. . . continue reading »

A Time to Help SAY Detroit/The Salvation Army Christmas Party- December 2018

A Time to Help SAY Detroit/The Salvation Army Christmas Party- December 2018

A Time to Help is in need of volunteers to host our annual holiday party for shelter residents and their children at The Salvation Army Harbor Light in Detroit.

With your help, the ATTH party gives needy Detroiters a heartwarming and memory-making experience. We will provide the mothers an opportunity to “shop’’ at a gift store stocked with donated new clothing, towels and toiletries, along with toys and children’s clothing for Santa to distribute. The morning will be filled with fun activities for the children — supervised by ATTH volunteers — including face painting, dancing, children’s crafts, games and more, including a magician. The popular “Relaxation Zone’’ returns for mothers to receive free manicures and massages. All guests will be treated to snacks and a pizza luncheon sponsored by Shield’s Pizza. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will make a surprise visit and distribute gifts to the children.

Please join SAY Detroit founder Mitch Albom for this annual holiday tradition of giving.

This is a registration-only event; all volunteers are required to sign up at here.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018

Time: 9 am – 12:30 p.m.
Volunteers are asked to arrive by 9 am to check in, drop off their donated gifts, finish any last-minute decorating and sign-up for their assignment. The party will start at 9:30 am for residents on campus; guests from The Salvation Army’s other core locations will begin arriving around 10 am

Where: Ellen A. Thompson Center at The Salvation Army Harbor Light, 3737 Humboldt, Detroit, 48208. Map

Volunteers Needed: 55

What to Bring: All volunteers are asked to bring items to donate to stock the holiday store. This is where the residents will shop for gifts for their children and themselves. We encourage each volunteer to purchase at least one new, unwrapped toy or game, and one clothing or toiletry item. Gifts are to be new and unwrapped to ensure that each child and parent receives the appropriate gift.

Wish List/Moms: The shelter is requesting nighttime clothing such as nightgowns or two-piece PJs or sweat suits. Size range is small to 3X. Other items to consider donating include undergarments (bras and underwear), body wash, deodorant and pump-body spray (no aerosol sprays, please). The center is also in need of bath towels and wash cloths. All items must be purchased new.

Wish List/Children: Toys — New and unwrapped age-appropriate toys and games; no stuffed animals. Electronics for the older children, including ear phones, are OK. Clothing request includes pajamas and sweats (or comfy tops and bottoms). Age groups are infants to age 3; children ages 4 to 7; 8 to 11; and 12 to 15. All toys will be sorted by age group in “Santa’s Workshop’’ near the holiday store, and then bundled and taken to Santa for distribution after his arrival.

Other Important Information: We request that all volunteers refrain from taking photos at the party to protect the privacy of the shelter residents and their children.

Questions: atimetohelp.detroit@gmail.com

Sign up: atimetohelp.org

A Time to Help Decorate for the Holiday Party – November 2018

A Time to Help Decorate for the Holiday Party – November 2018

In late November, the day before A Time to Help’s largest volunteer event of the year, volunteers will be decorating the gym and other rooms for SAY Detroit’s annual Christmas Party for shelter residents and their children at The Salvation Army Harbor Light in Detroit. Getting the majority of the space prepped in advance will allow for an easier morning on December 1 before the party begins.

Please join us!

Event Details

Date: Friday, November 30, 2018

Time: 12:00 pm – 2:30 p.m.

Important Information: Once in the parking lot, signage will direct you to the entrance for the project. Only confirmed registrants will be allowed into the facility. . .  If you have extra Christmas decorations to donate, please bring them. . . Volunteers are welcome to bring items to donate to stock the holiday store. Age-appropriate toys and life-skills items, including books, are welcome (newborns to 15). Gifts are to be new and unwrapped. . .

Signing up to decorate on Nov. 30 does not guarantee participation on Dec. 1 for the annual party. Separate registration for that event will be posted on on Oct. 29 at atimetohelp.org.

Where: Ellen A. Thompson Center at The Salvation Army Harbor Light, 3737 Humboldt, Detroit, 48208. Map of area

Volunteers Needed: 15

Sign up: atimetohelp.org

Questions: atimetohelp.detroit@gmail.com

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