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 Motown Soup

A Time to Help Motown Soup

A Time to Help loves helping our partner nonprofits when we can, especially when the project is a favorite among volunteers: packaging soups, dry goods and other products at Motown Soup in Utica.

Motown Soup needs our help. It needs to restock its products, but due to physical distancing requirements because of the coronavirus pandemic, it can only schedule smaller groups at this time — and on weekdays only. That’s why our registration will be limited to 15.  As we expect this event to fill up quickly, please email if the project registers as full and you’d like to be placed on a waiting list. For those who successfully register and discover that you cannot attend, please give us the courtesy of unregistering through CERVIS so we can contact someone to take your spot — even on the morning of the event.

In addition, a request from Motown Soup: With many craft shows being cancelled this year, please remember that Motown Soup is open to the public for online orders. Over the past 15 years, this volunteer-driven nonprofit has donated nearly $1.3 million to local charities that work with the homeless and hungry, including supporting our SAY Detroit youth development center in northeast Detroit for the past three years. So when you help Motown Soup, you’re helping others. Motown Soup’s soups, dips and baked goods are delicious, and their gift boxes make for wonderful holiday presents! Please go to for more information. 

Date: Tuesday, November 10

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: 45160 Van Dyke Ave., Utica, MI., 48317 | Map
(Motown Soup is located in the lower level of Trinity Lutheran Church on the corner of Hall Road and Van Dyke

Parking: Free parking in the church parking lot.

Attire/Other Info: All volunteers will be outfitted in aprons, hair nets and food safety gloves supplied by the nonprofit. All volunteers are required to wear a mask;  ATTH will have face coverings on hand. In addition, please cancel if you feel sick or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. There will be temperature checks upon entering the building. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes as you’ll be standing for most of the project. There will be no ATTH group photograph.

Volunteers Needed: 15

Sign up:



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