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Pizza Party and 2018 Planning: What’s Coming for DMC II

Pizza Party and 2018 Planning: What’s Coming for DMC II

The second annual Detroit Muscle Crew II Pizza Party and General Meeting was held on Monday night (April 23) at Emagine Entertainment in Royal Oak.  We are grateful to all DMC II attendees for sharing their ideas and offering support as we work towards another successful year of giving to help Detroit’s neediest citizens after our rookie season in 2017.

The Muscle Crew couldn’t exist without your commitment to give of your time and labor. We are grateful for our ENTIRE DMCII roster of folks!

During the event, we debuted a slide presentation, which includes a projected list of scheduled projects to date–more will be added soon. Click here to view the presentation.  Please note that we have fulfilled our request for a masonry company to donate the labor required to replace the crumbling concrete entrance to our S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center at Lipke Park. That project will completed this summer by Albaugh Masonry. Thank you DMCII member Scott Albaugh!

On the immediate horizon, we are looking for 12-15 members help set up the outdoor tent, lay outdoor carpeting, and perform a few other handyman-type chores on Wednesday, May 16 at our Detroit Water Ice Factory seasonal location at the Franklin Cider Mill (corner of 14 Mile and Franklin Road). The project will start at 10 am. Lunch will be provided. Please send an email indicating your interest to musclecrew@mitchalbom.com. (Please register with DMC II if you haven’t done so already).

Registered DMC II members will also be receiving an update from Grace Episcopal, the beneficiary of funding from A Hole in the Roof Foundation, for its project.

If you couldn’t make the meeting or haven’t yet officially registered, please do so here now so you can always have the latest information about how to participate.

A Time to Help Lighthouse of Oakland County – May 2018

A Time to Help Lighthouse of Oakland County – May 2018

Lighthouse of Oakland County serves residents of southeastern Michigan who are facing economic hardship by providing the support and resources they need to move from crisis towards self-sufficiency. ATTH volunteers will be participating in one of the largest one-day food drives in the nation during its National Association of Letter Carriers annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. We will be unloading a semi-truck and sorting, counting, and boxing donated food at Lighthouse of Oakland County.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018

Time: 9 am – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Lighthouse of Oakland County (Pontiac location) | 46156 Woodward Ave., Pontiac, MI, 48343 | Map

Volunteers: Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes. This is a rain or shine event.

Parking: Free parking available in the parking lot at Lighthouse

Volunteers Needed: 20

Sign up: atimetohelp.org

Questions: atimetohelp.detroit@gmail.com

Note: Lighthouse of Oakland County is also holding a Hunger Walk at 10 am on May 12 at St. Hugo of the Hills in Bloomfield Hills. Go to lighhouseoakland.org for more information.

A City in Service on Comcast Cares Day

A City in Service on Comcast Cares Day

It was double the fun — two volunteer events in one.

Nearly 20 volunteers from A Time to Help joined more than 100 others for Comcast Cares Day, a national day of service on Saturday (April 21) at the S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center at Lipke Park.

The event drew dignitaries near and far, including David Cohen, Sr. EVP and Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast Corporation, who flew into Detroit that morning from Philadelphia to participate in the project.

Partnering with the City of Detroit and Cities of Service, Comcast used the S.A.Y. Play Center as a staging area for a number of beautification and safety projects around the northeast Detroit neighborhood. At a pre-event rally that was attended by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Comcast presented S.A.Y Detroit with a $20,000 donation to go toward continued improvements at the three-year-old Center.

WATCH: Comcast Cares Day Kickoff:

Before the ceremony, S.A.Y. Detroit founder Mitch Albom thanked the ATTH crew before the volunteers fanned out to work inside and outside the facility. Their work included sweeping gravel from the parking lot and cleaning walls in the cafeteria and hallway.

“I grew up kind of near here, at 7 Mile and Gratiot,’’ said Ann Hurrish of Oxford, who has participated in ATTH events for the past five years. “It’s a nice feeling to help your old community.’’

ATTH’s next project is scheduled for May 19 at Lighthouse of Oakland County. Information and registration will be posted this week.

 

View photos from Comcast Cares Day at S.A.Y. Play:

(Motown Soup)ing Up Meals at S.A.Y. Play!

(Motown Soup)ing Up Meals at S.A.Y. Play!

S.A.Y. Detroit is thrilled to receive a $2,000 grant from Motown Soup in support of our meal service at the S.A.Y. Play Center at Lipke Park.
Based in Utica, Motown Soup produces dry soup mixes and other goods, then markets them, giving away all of the profits.
The nonprofit has been sharing proceeds for the past 13 years with fellow charities who operate homeless shelters, soup kitchens and free clinics. This year’s distribution brings the total to over $900,000.
S.A.Y. Play feeds its members one hot meal a day, plus snacks, for free.
Motown Soup is no stranger to S.A.Y. Detroit. Our volunteer program, A Time to Help, worked alongside Motown Soup volunteers at a project packaging soups this past January.

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