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.

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A Time to Help Detroit Water Ice Factory

A Time to Help Detroit Water Ice Factory

A Time to Help is heading back indoors next month for its second project of 2020: Volunteers will lend a helping hand at the Detroit Water Ice Factory in downtown Detroit. Created by SAY Detroit founder Mitch Albom, DWIF opened in August 2015. All profits support SAY Detroit and its umbrella of programs and projects that help Detroiters in need. We’ll be doing a deep cleaning and organizing of the storefront and storage room. ATTH requests that all volunteers be at least 15-years-old for the project. Any teens must be accompanied by an adult. And remember: All volunteers must register through our CERVIS platform here.

Project Description: Volunteers will spruce up and organize the storefront and storage room at DWIF’s flagship location.

Date: Saturday, March 7

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Volunteers are asked to arrive no later than 8:55 am.

Where: 1014 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI. 48226. | Map

Parking: Parking is available in the deck across the street on Woodward and in lots around One Campus Martius. SAY Detroit apologizes that it is unable to pay for parking.

Volunteers Needed: 20

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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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