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 atimetohelp.detroit@gmail.com.

A Time to Help SAY Detroit/The Salvation Army Christmas Party- December 2018

A Time to Help SAY Detroit/The Salvation Army Christmas Party- December 2018

A Time to Help is in need of volunteers to host our annual holiday party for shelter residents and their children at The Salvation Army Harbor Light in Detroit.

With your help, the ATTH party gives needy Detroiters a heartwarming and memory-making experience. We will provide the mothers an opportunity to “shop’’ at a gift store stocked with donated new clothing, towels and toiletries, along with toys and children’s clothing for Santa to distribute. The morning will be filled with fun activities for the children — supervised by ATTH volunteers — including face painting, dancing, children’s crafts, games and more, including a magician. The popular “Relaxation Zone’’ returns for mothers to receive free manicures and massages. All guests will be treated to snacks and a pizza luncheon sponsored by Shield’s Pizza. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will make a surprise visit and distribute gifts to the children.

Please join SAY Detroit founder Mitch Albom for this annual holiday tradition of giving.

This is a registration-only event; all volunteers are required to sign up at here.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018

Time: 9 am – 12:30 p.m.
Volunteers are asked to arrive by 9 am to check in, drop off their donated gifts, finish any last-minute decorating and sign-up for their assignment. The party will start at 9:30 am for residents on campus; guests from The Salvation Army’s other core locations will begin arriving around 10 am

Where: Ellen A. Thompson Center at The Salvation Army Harbor Light, 3737 Humboldt, Detroit, 48208. Map

Volunteers Needed: 55

What to Bring: All volunteers are asked to bring items to donate to stock the holiday store. This is where the residents will shop for gifts for their children and themselves. We encourage each volunteer to purchase at least one new, unwrapped toy or game, and one clothing or toiletry item. Gifts are to be new and unwrapped to ensure that each child and parent receives the appropriate gift.

Wish List/Moms: The shelter is requesting nighttime clothing such as nightgowns or two-piece PJs or sweat suits. Size range is small to 3X. Other items to consider donating include undergarments (bras and underwear), body wash, deodorant and pump-body spray (no aerosol sprays, please). The center is also in need of bath towels and wash cloths. All items must be purchased new.

Wish List/Children: Toys — New and unwrapped age-appropriate toys and games; no stuffed animals. Electronics for the older children, including ear phones, are OK. Clothing request includes pajamas and sweats (or comfy tops and bottoms). Age groups are infants to age 3; children ages 4 to 7; 8 to 11; and 12 to 15. All toys will be sorted by age group in “Santa’s Workshop’’ near the holiday store, and then bundled and taken to Santa for distribution after his arrival.

Other Important Information: We request that all volunteers refrain from taking photos at the party to protect the privacy of the shelter residents and their children.

Questions: atimetohelp.detroit@gmail.com

Sign up: atimetohelp.org

A Time to Help SAY Detroit/The Salvation Army Christmas Party- December 2018

A Time to Help SAY Detroit/The Salvation Army Christmas Party- December 2018

A Time to Help is in need of volunteers to host our annual holiday party for shelter residents and their children at The Salvation Army Harbor Light in Detroit.

With your help, the ATTH party gives needy Detroiters a heartwarming and memory-making experience. We will provide the mothers an opportunity to “shop’’ at a gift store stocked with donated new clothing, towels and toiletries, along with toys and children’s clothing for Santa to distribute. The morning will be filled with fun activities for the children — supervised by ATTH volunteers — including face painting, dancing, children’s crafts, games and more, including a magician. The popular “Relaxation Zone’’ returns for mothers to receive free manicures and massages. All guests will be treated to snacks and a pizza luncheon sponsored by Shield’s Pizza. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will make a surprise visit and distribute gifts to the children.

Please join SAY Detroit founder Mitch Albom for this annual holiday tradition of giving.

This is a registration-only event; all volunteers are required to sign up at here.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018

Time: 9 am – 12:30 p.m.
Volunteers are asked to arrive by 9 am to check in, drop off their donated gifts, finish any last-minute decorating and sign-up for their assignment. The party will start at 9:30 am for residents on campus; guests from The Salvation Army’s other core locations will begin arriving around 10 am

Where: Ellen A. Thompson Center at The Salvation Army Harbor Light, 3737 Humboldt, Detroit, 48208. Map

Volunteers Needed: 55

What to Bring: All volunteers are asked to bring items to donate to stock the holiday store. This is where the residents will shop for gifts for their children and themselves. We encourage each volunteer to purchase at least one new, unwrapped toy or game, and one clothing or toiletry item. Gifts are to be new and unwrapped to ensure that each child and parent receives the appropriate gift.

Wish List/Moms: The shelter is requesting nighttime clothing such as nightgowns or two-piece PJs or sweat suits. Size range is small to 3X. Other items to consider donating include undergarments (bras and underwear), body wash, deodorant and pump-body spray (no aerosol sprays, please). The center is also in need of bath towels and wash cloths. All items must be purchased new.

Wish List/Children: Toys — New and unwrapped age-appropriate toys and games; no stuffed animals. Electronics for the older children, including ear phones, are OK. Clothing request includes pajamas and sweats (or comfy tops and bottoms). Age groups are infants to age 3; children ages 4 to 7; 8 to 11; and 12 to 15. All toys will be sorted by age group in “Santa’s Workshop’’ near the holiday store, and then bundled and taken to Santa for distribution after his arrival.

Other Important Information: We request that all volunteers refrain from taking photos at the party to protect the privacy of the shelter residents and their children.

Questions: atimetohelp.detroit@gmail.com

Sign up: atimetohelp.org

A Time to Help Decorate for the Holiday Party – November 2018

A Time to Help Decorate for the Holiday Party – November 2018

In late November, the day before A Time to Help’s largest volunteer event of the year, volunteers will be decorating the gym and other rooms for SAY Detroit’s annual Christmas Party for shelter residents and their children at The Salvation Army Harbor Light in Detroit. Getting the majority of the space prepped in advance will allow for an easier morning on December 1 before the party begins.

Please join us!

Event Details

Date: Friday, November 30, 2018

Time: 12:00 pm – 2:30 p.m.

Important Information: Once in the parking lot, signage will direct you to the entrance for the project. Only confirmed registrants will be allowed into the facility. . .  If you have extra Christmas decorations to donate, please bring them. . . Volunteers are welcome to bring items to donate to stock the holiday store. Age-appropriate toys and life-skills items, including books, are welcome (newborns to 15). Gifts are to be new and unwrapped. . .

Signing up to decorate on Nov. 30 does not guarantee participation on Dec. 1 for the annual party. Separate registration for that event will be posted on on Oct. 29 at atimetohelp.org.

Where: Ellen A. Thompson Center at The Salvation Army Harbor Light, 3737 Humboldt, Detroit, 48208. Map of area

Volunteers Needed: 15

Sign up: atimetohelp.org

Questions: atimetohelp.detroit@gmail.com

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