News & Updates from A Time to Help Events

A Time to Help Detroit Opera House – October 2018

A Time to Help Detroit Opera House – October 2018

SAY Detroit Play Center’s Tutoring Program and Have Faith Haiti Mission’s The Chika Fund are the prime beneficiaries of a book launch event at the Detroit Opera House on October 14, 2018, celebrating the childhood influences who have made us who we are as adults. Volunteers will be helping with a major piece of the event – the books for attendees included with every ticket purchase.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018

Time: 10 am – 1:00 p.m.

Project: Volunteers will be fastening autographed bookplates onto more than 2,000 books that will be distributed on October 14 as part of Mitch Albom’s charity benefit for the children of Haiti and Detroit at the Detroit Opera House. We will then re-box the books and move them to storage in preparation for the event.

Where: The Detroit Opera House is located at 1526 Broadway St., Detroit, 48226. The project will take place in the Smith Lobby. Please enter the building through the “Stage Door’’ entrance on Madison, where all registered volunteers will check in before being escorted to the project. Only volunteers who have officially registered at atimetohelp.org will be allowed into the building. Map of area

Parking: The Detroit Opera House surface lot at the corner of John R and Madison. The entrance to the surface lot parking is off of John R.

Volunteers Needed: 15

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A Time to Help Update – September 2018

A Time to Help Update – September 2018

Detroit — It was a stunning transformation, from beginning to end.

Where there was overgrown shrubbery and vines, a fence line emerged. Where there was once an attic filled with debris, the possibility of a future bedroom appeared.

For three hours Saturday, two dozen A Time to Help volunteers embraced and tackled a major clean-up project at a house that SAY Detroit will soon donate on Detroit’s northeast side to benefit its Working Homes/Working Families program.

Led by SAY Detroit founder Mitch Albom, the volunteers worked to clean up the property, inside and out, to prepare the house for rehab before it’s awarded to a family in October . . . continue reading »

A Time to Help a Working Family and a Working Home – September 2018

A Time to Help a Working Family and a Working Home – September 2018

Working Homes/Working Families was created by SAY Detroit and the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries to provide needy working families a decent, clean place to live while continuing to work. Nearly 50 families have received a fully-refurbished Detroit house through the program since it was established in 2011.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018

Time: 9 am – 12:00 p.m.

Project: Volunteers will be working at one of the houses that will be awarded to a needy family this fall. We’re primarily in need of volunteers who can perform landscape duties such as eliminating blighted areas in the yard, trimming bushes, weed whacking, pulling weeds, etc. Please bring equipment to complete those tasks (and we’re always in need of a ladder or two). In addition, some inside work — mostly cleaning and washing windows — might be needed on the day of the project. ATTH will advise on that possibility before the event.

Where: The house is located near Outer Drive and Ryan in northeast Detroit (48234 zip code). SAY Detroit doesn’t publish the addresses of our WHWF houses; an email revealing the location of the project will be sent to all registered participants two days before the event. Map of area

Parking: Off-street parking is available.

Volunteers Needed: 25

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Questions: atimetohelp.detroit@gmail.com

A Time to Help Update – July 2018

A Time to Help Update – July 2018

DETROIT — As always, it was a team effort from the start.

One group assembled on Richton Street, another on Monterey. A third tackled the area near the John C. Lodge Service Drive.

For three hours on Saturday (July 14), more than 30 volunteers from A Time to Help weeded, weed-whacked, swept, shoveled, raked — and much more — to help beautify the area around Cass Community Social Services’ Tiny Homes neighborhood.

It was a robust effort on a hot and humid morning; the group consumed three cases of water by the end of the project. SAY Detroit founder Mitch Albom said he profoundly appreciated the work of the volunteers, especially under the circumstances.  .. continue reading »

A Time to Help Cass Community Social Services – July 2018

A Time to Help Cass Community Social Services – July 2018

Cass Community Social Services is a Detroit-based agency dedicated to providing food, housing, health services and job programs. A Time to Help volunteers will be assisting the nonprofit in a landscaping/grounds maintenance project. We’ll be working at several locations around the campus, including its Tiny Homes community.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018

Time: 9 am – 12:00 p.m.

Location: We’ll meet at the Scott Building at 11850 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit, 48206, before our project begins | Map

Parking: Plenty available on Woodrow Wilson.

Volunteers Needed: 25

Attire/Other Info: This is an outdoor event, so please dress appropriately. Please bring your own work gloves. We are in need of experienced mowers. Cass Community does have some lawn equipment, but feel free to bring your own gas-powered weed whacker, brooms, rakes, etc. S.A.Y. Detroit will donate heavy duty construction garbage bags and recycle bags for the project.

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Questions: atimetohelp.detroit@gmail.com

A Time to Help Buckets of Rain – June 2018

A Time to Help Buckets of Rain – June 2018

ATTH volunteers will paint a large storage unit and perform general gardening duties at Buckets of Rain, which provides fresh produce for the homeless and hungry in Detroit. Volunteers will be working at the nonprofit’s urban garden in Highland Park, located across the street from the S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018

Time: 9 am – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Across the street from the S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic, 211 Glendale Ave., Highland Park, MI., 48203 | Map

Parking: Available in the clinic’s parking lot, and on Glendale.

Volunteers Needed: 20

Attire/Other Info: As this is an outdoor project, please dress appropriately. Paint will be provided — thank you Motor City Paint Co. for the donation! — but please bring rollers, paint brushes, etc.,  if you’re interested in that aspect of the project. If you want to help in the garden, please wear gloves; Buckets of Rain is providing the gardening equipment.

Note: If rain is forecast for the duration of the project, the event will be cancelled. Watch the skies!

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