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 Buckets of Rain

A Time to Help Buckets of Rain

Adhering to social distancing protocol at all times, A Time to Help will join Buckets of Rain for our first outdoor project of 2020.  We’ll be working in the vegetable garden at the nonprofit’s one-acre lot in Highland Park.  In 2019, Buckets of Rain, a charity partner of SAY Detroit, provided 11,000 servings of vegetables for its Clinic to Farm to Patient program, including for clients at the SAY Detroit Family Health Clinic.

Date: Saturday, July 18

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Project Description: A total of 20 volunteers will work in the Buckets of Rain “Big Glen’’ garden, weeding, picking vegetables, and helping clean-up the fence line around the property.

Where: Across the street from the SAY Detroit Family Health Clinic, 211 Glendale Ave., Highland Park, MI., 48203 | Map

Parking: Available in SAY Clinic’s main lot, and on Glendale.

Other Info: Each participant is asked to bring their own work gloves, face covering and bottled water.  Long pants recommended but not required. Buckets of Rain will provide all tools, which will be sanitized before the project begins. Volunteers will work  6-to-10 feet apart. Unfortunately, there will be no ATTH group photo, but pictures of all volunteers will be taken and posted at, the Monday after the project. Individually wrapped snacks will be provided. Please refrain from joining the project if you’re ill. If so, please unregister through your CERVIS account here so your spot can become available for someone else.

Volunteers Needed: 20

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No Pipe Dream: Helping the Senate Theater Preserve History

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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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