Established in 1997 to galvanize volunteerism on a regular basis, A Time to Help stages monthly projects to aid the needy and promote unity in metro Detroit.

Since then, more than 200 monthly projects have been completed by thousands of volunteers, ranging from building houses, delivering meals, beautifying city streets, running adoption fairs, repairing homeless shelters, packing food, and hosting an annual Christmas party to a shelter for battered women.

Mitch Albom and WJR co-host Ken Brown lead each monthly project, usually held on Saturdays between 9AM – noon. Volunteers can sign up for one, two or all, and there are no requirements, except that, for most events, volunteers should be at least 18 years of age. Older teenagers can come if accompanied by at least one adult supervisor for every four of them.

Do you have a suggestion for a project, or have a question about volunteering? Contact us at

A Time to Help Update – July 2020

A Time to Help Update – July 2020

Group Gardening at Big Glen Brings ‘A Time to Help’ Together Again

HIGHLAND PARK, MI — It felt almost like normal. Except it wasn’t.

Donning face coverings and staying physically distant from each other, volunteers from A Time to Help gathered for their first project since early March — as in, pre-COVID-19 — on Saturday morning (July 18) at Buckets of Rain, a non-profit urban garden that provides thousands of servings of nutritious produce for the homeless and hungry each year.

As temperatures soared into the 80s, volunteers worked for nearly three hours under the direction of Buckets of Rain garden manager Michelle Lutz. They cleared weeds and grapevines from the fence line and removed spent green beans and cucumber plants from the garden beds so they could join “compost heaven,’’ she said.

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No Pipe Dream: Helping the Senate Theater Preserve History

No Pipe Dream: Helping the Senate Theater Preserve History

It wasn’t difficult for Kevin Werner to put into words what Saturday’s A Time to Help project at the Senate Theater meant to his organization that has operated the iconic Michigan Avenue landmark since the early 1960s. “To do as much as your group did today, it would...

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