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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.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, our friends at the Salvation Army have made the difficult but correct decision to cancel this year’s annual SAY Detroit holiday party for shelter residents. Although the party may be off, we have organized a volunteer activity that we encourage you to be a part of: a wish list for the more than 40 women in residential treatment who are in need of clothing and supplies. 

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Perfect Match: A Time to Help Joins Motown Soup Once Again

Perfect Match: A Time to Help Joins Motown Soup Once Again

UTICA, MI., NOV. 11, 2020 —The numbers were fewer, 15 volunteers instead of the usual 30-plus, due to necessary restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic. No problem. Small and mighty then, that’s what they were. Motown Soup is a charity near and dear to A Time to Help: both programs are rooted in volunteerism. Over the past 15 years, Motown Soup has donated nearly $1.3 million to local charities that work with the homeless and hungry, including supporting SAY Detroit’s food program for the last few years at the SAY Play...

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Perfect Match: A Time to Help Joins Motown Soup Once Again

Perfect Match: A Time to Help Joins Motown Soup Once Again

UTICA, MI., NOV. 11, 2020 —The numbers were fewer, 15 volunteers instead of the usual 30-plus, due to necessary restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic. No problem. Small and mighty then, that’s what they were. Motown Soup is a charity near and dear to A Time...

A Time to Help Make a Home

A Time to Help Make a Home

Nearly 20 volunteers worked alongside Michigan Recreational Construction on a landscape project, a backyard fence and playscape.

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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