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DETROIT — Spread out over 15 acres, A Time to Help volunteers tackled a backyard-kind-of-project on a big-time scale.

They pulled and whacked weeds. They lopped and chopped thick gnarly vines. They planted flowers in planters and spread mulch in beds. All in all, given the clear sky and comfortable temperatures, it was a nice way to spend a Saturday (May 1) helping spruce up the campus at SAY Detroit’s youth development SAY Play Center at Lipke Park in northeast Detroit.

Two volunteers also brought the sunshine into the kitchen with them for a spring cleaning of the kitchen at the center.

Near the end of the event, two longtime A Time to Help volunteers — Megan Powers and Theresa Ramus — reflected on reasons they feel its important to give of their time to help others.

“It kind of goes back to my parents, who instilled in me the importance of giving back to the community,” Powers said. “I remember we’d work at a food bank. Volunteering, it’s such a little gesture but the impact can be big. Plus, it’s fun.”

Ramus added, “It’s just a good thing to do.”

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