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There is no challenge too large for A Time to Help, even when summer begins to fade and the volunteer force is smaller than usual.

Such was the case Saturday (Sept. 11) on Grandville Avenue in Detroit, where a dozen volunteers conquered a formidable landscape project to benefit SAY Detroit’s Working Homes/Working Families program.

The house, which is currently undergoing a major inside-and-out renovation, is being prepared to be given to a WHWF family later this fall. Under the guidance of Michigan Recreational Construction, a long-time partner of the nonprofit, the outdoor project included everything from removing trash and overgrown bushes and weeds to creating garden beds and planting boxwoods.

The three-hour clean-up became a community effort when a neighbor offered to help water the new plantings while another drove by and applauded the volunteers. After all, the property is slowly shedding its eyesore status.

“It’s just good work,” said Bob Cullinan of Rochester Hills, who has been volunteering with ATTH long before he retired in 2016 after a 50-year career at Ford Motor Co. “I’ve been fortunate in my life and the volunteer program allows me to give back.”

Details for next month’s ATTH project will be released in the coming days. In the meantime, you can register as a volunteer through CERVIS here.

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