News & Updates from A Time to Help Events

A Time to Help March 2017 Project

A Time to Help March 2017 Project

Registration for our Feb. 18 project at Gleaners Community Food Bank in Warren is closed because we have reached the maximum number of volunteers.

We have secured the date and location of our March A Time to Help Project. Mark your calendars now for March 25th. We’ll be at COTS/Bright Beginnings day care.

Sign up for that event will begin at the end of the month. Hope to see everyone there!

A Time to Help February 2017: Gleaners Community Food Bank

A Time to Help February 2017: Gleaners Community Food Bank

Date/Time: Feb. 18, 2017 – 9 AM to 11:30 a.m.

Project Description: Volunteers will be repackaging green beans for distribution, as well as sorting and packing other food-drive items.

Project Location: Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, 24162 Mound Road, Warren, MI, 48091 (Between 9 Mile and 10 Mile Road; located directly behind the Salvation Army building).

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/RohxSoRmNhz

Parking: Free and at the site.

Important information: When you arrive, please sign in on the appropriate sheet for Gleaners. A brief orientation will be held before the project. For your safety, wear closed-toe shoes.

Volunteers Needed: 30

***UPDATE***
All slots have been filled!

A Time to Help Update – December 2016

A Time to Help Update – December 2016

December 3, 2016 – Patty Massman of Macomb Township didn’t know what to expect when she registered for the first time to volunteer at S.A.Y. Detroit’s annual Christmas party to benefit The Salvation Army’s shelter clients and their children.

By the end of her morning of service on Saturday (Dec. 3) at The Salvation Army Harbor Light in Detroit, Massman said her family was ready to sign up for next year’s event.

“This party is amazing,” Massman said of A Time to Help’s largest one-day volunteer effort of the year. “We’ll be doing more of these. To see all the smiles on all the children made it worth it. It was great how everyone came together.”

Led by S.A.Y. Detroit founder Mitch Albom — along with Albom’s radio show co-host Ken Brown — more than 100 volunteers gathered at the Ellen A. Thompson Center to help make the holiday special for more than 100 children and their mothers….continue story »


 

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to All. Back in 2017 with new volunteer projects! Save the date for February 18, 2017

S.A.Y. Detroit/Salvation Army Holiday Party 2016

S.A.Y. Detroit/Salvation Army Holiday Party 2016

The annual holiday party for shelter residents at The Salvation Army is A Time to Help’s largest volunteer effort of the year. Having a special gathering for homeless parents and their children is heartwarming for everyone involved — clients, volunteers and sponsors.

With the help of a generous public, the A Time to Help holiday party provides shelter residents with holiday “shopping’’ at a gift store stocked with donated new clothing, toys and toiletries. The morning is also filled with fun activities for moms and their children, such as face painting, caricature drawings, crafts, music and dancing. The residents – and volunteers – are also treated to a pizza luncheon sponsored by Shield’s. And of course, the highlight of the celebration is a visit by Santa & Mrs. Claus.

Preparation/What to Bring: All volunteers are asked to bring items to donate to stock the Holiday Store. This is where residents can “shop’’ for gifts for their children and themselves. We encourage each volunteer to purchase at least one toy and clothing item. Gifts are to be unwrapped to ensure that each child and parent receives appropriate and safe new gifts.

Gift/Items Requested: For women: Clothing — Tops, slacks, pajamas (small to plus-sizes). Toiletries — Body wash, hair products (no hairspray), lotions, toothpaste, make up.
For children: Clothing — Boys and girls tops, shirts, pants, pajamas (all sizes needed). Toys — Children are in need of puzzles, educational toys, books, blocks, coloring books. NO markers.

Date: Dec. 3, 2016

Time of Party: 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Volunteers are asked to arrive by 8 a.m. to help decorate and set up.

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

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/oHo9mwruQH62

Questions: atimetohelp.detroit@gmail.com

 

A Time to Help November 2016: Motor City Blight Busters

A Time to Help November 2016: Motor City Blight Busters

Project Description: To provide a safe route for children around Samuel Gompers Elementary-Middle School in the Brightmoor neighborhood on Detroit’s west side. Volunteers will be removing brush and blight, raking and bagging leaves, and performing other general landscaping chores.

Attire/Other Info: Please wear clothing suitable for working outdoors. Some materials will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves, paper recycling bags, heavy duty contractor plastic bags, bow saws and loppers.

Event Date/Time: Sat., Nov. 12, 9 a.m. – noon.

Where: Gompers Elementary-Middle School is located at 14450 Burt Road, Detroit, 48223.

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/aLpFUJkJq8n

Parking: Plenty of parking available at the school and across the street at Brightmoor Community Center (14451 Burt Rd, Detroit, MI 48223)

Volunteers Needed: 50

Sign Up: atimetohelp.org

Questions: atimetohelp.detroit@gmail.com

A Time to Help Update – October 2016

A Time to Help Update – October 2016

October 15, 2016 — Nearly two dozen volunteers from A Time to Help gathered Saturday morning in the kitchen of Trinity Lutheran Church in Utica to help produce and package Motown Soup’s quality soups and gift boxes.

All proceeds from the sale of the non-profit’s products benefits dozens of homeless shelters, soup kitchens and food pantries in Michigan. When the final tally from the three-hour project was announced, Motown Soup staffers were pleased with the results: ATTH volunteers had produced and packaged 540 chicken noodle and 200 chicken pot pie soup mixes worth $5,000 for area charities….continue story »


 

Save the date for November 12, 2016 for the next project. Details and sign up coming soon.

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