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Soup’s On with A Time to Help in January 2018

Soup’s On with A Time to Help in January 2018

A Time to Help opens the New Year with a project sure to warm you up: We’ll be packing soup and other dry goods at Motown Soup, a nonprofit that’s based in the lower level at Trinity Lutheran Church in Utica.
Please join us on Jan. 20. Motown Soup is accepting 40 ATTH volunteers — we had a max total of 20 in 2016 — so you know it will be double the fun!
Registration is accepted ONLY at See you then!

Event Details

Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018

Time: 9 am – 12:00 p.m. Clean-up begins at 11:30 am.

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

Parking: Free parking in lot adjacent to building.

Attire/Other Info:  All volunteers will be “suited” up with aprons, hat and gloves. You’re invited to “shop’’ for soups after the event at discounted prices.

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Volunteers Needed: 40

A Time to Help Update – December 2017

A Time to Help Update – December 2017

20th Christmas Party for shelter residents and children a holiday hit

It was the 20th anniversary edition — and what a party it was.

More than 80 A Time to Help volunteers helped make Mitch Albom’s annual S.A.Y. Detroit/The Salvation Army Christmas Party for shelter residents and their children a morning to remember.

Led by Albom and Ken Brown, Albom’s radio show co-host, the event on Saturday (Dec. 2) at The Salvation Army Harbor Light in Detroit was filled with merry making and smiles, thanks to a plethora of activities, food and fun — all supervised by ATTH’s largest volunteer core of the year. …cilck here to keep reading »



A Time to Help’s monthly projects will resume in 2018. Stay tuned for updates!

A Time to Help December 2017: S.A.Y. Detroit / The Salvation Army Christmas Party

A Time to Help December 2017: S.A.Y. Detroit / The Salvation Army Christmas Party

A Time to Help’s largest volunteer event of the year is right around the corner. Come join Mitch Albom on Saturday, Dec. 2 to help host our annual holiday party for shelter residents and their children at The Salvation Army Harbor Light in Detroit.

With the help of a generous public, the A Time to Help party gives shelter residents a heartwarming and memory-making experience. We will provide the mothers an opportunity to “shop” at a gift store stocked with donated new clothing and toiletries, along with toys for Santa to distribute. The morning will also be filled with fun activities that our volunteers will supervise for the children, including face painting, dancing, caricature drawings, children’s crafts, games and more. The popular “relaxation zone’’ returns again this year for mothers to receive free manicures and massages. So, too, does the opening breakfast snack followed by a fabulous pizza luncheon sponsored by Shield’s Pizza. And of course, the highlight of the celebration will be a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Among the new additions this year will be performances by “Patrick the Magician’’ for the families to enjoy.

Please join us!

Date: Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017

Time: 8 am – 12:30 p.m. Volunteers are asked to arrive by 8 am to check in, help set up and decorate, and receive their assignments. The party will start at 9:30 am.

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

What to Bring: All volunteers are asked to bring items to donate to stock the holiday store. This is where shelter residents will “shop’’ for gifts for their children and themselves. We encourage each volunteer to purchase at least one life-skills toy such as Legos or educational and family games, and one clothing or toiletry item. Gifts are to be unwrapped to make sure that each child and parent receives the appropriate and safe new gifts.
Gift Items Requested:

For women: The shelter is requesting nighttime clothing — such as nightgowns and two-piece PJ’s — so we are making it a pajama party at the holiday store! The size range requested is small to 3X. Other items to consider donating for the moms include body wash, deodorant, lotion and pump body spray (no aerosol  sprays, please).

Children’s clothing: Pajamas, or other nighttime clothing such as sweat pants and sweat shirts. The ages of the children range from infants to age 14.

Toys: All toys will be sorted by age group in “Santa’s Workshop’’ near the holiday store, and then bundled and taken to Santa for distribution after his surprise arrival. We are asking for life-skills and educational toys, but age-appropriate electronics for the older children, including ear phones, are OK. The age groups are infants to age 3; children ages 4 to 7; 8 to 11, and 12 to 14.

Another Donation Request: We want to make all of the party rooms and the hallways super festive this year, so if you have any extra holiday decorations to donate or bring for us to borrow for the event — such as wall decorations, holiday lights, centerpieces, etc — that would be great. Please make sure to put your name on your decoration if you’re not donating.

Other Important Information: We are asking all volunteers to refrain from taking photos of the shelter residents/guests and their children unless you know they’ve signed a consent form. It is paramount that we protect their privacy. In addition, The Salvation Army has implemented “Safe From Harm’’ rules for volunteers that apply to their campus. The guidelines will be emailed to each registered volunteer the week of the event.


Volunteers Needed: 75

A Time to Help Update – October 2017

A Time to Help Update – October 2017

A Helping Hand For Westside Cultural & Athletic Club

DETROIT, MI — It was a true labor of love.

For more than 40 years, Erica Wright has directed her charity — and its mission of guiding young people — out of her home near West Side Academy in Detroit.

Her service to others has sometimes meant forgoing her own yard work and other projects such as clearing out and organizing the basement of her nonprofit.

A long time supporter of Wright’s Westside Cultural & Athletic Club, S.A.Y. Detroit decided to make her charity its October A Time to Help project.

And so on Saturday (Oct. 21), 20 ATTH volunteers divided into two groups and worked for three hours performing a fall clean-up of her property. . . . continue reading »




A Time to Help’s next event is its annual The Salvation Army Christmas Party for shelter women and children on Dec. 2. Information and registration details will be posted on next week.

A Time to Help October 2017: Westside Cultural & Athletic Club

A Time to Help October 2017: Westside Cultural & Athletic Club

Project Description:  Volunteers will be working primarily outside performing general clean-up and light landscaping around the home base of a nonprofit supported by S.A.Y. Detroit. Chores include the removal and trimming of bushes and overgrowth; raking leaves; weed-whacking and trash pick up. Another team will be working in the basement removing items, cleaning and organizing.

Event Date/Time: Saturday, October 21, 9:00am to noon.

Location:  3740 West Hancock, Detroit, MI, 48208 | Map

Parking: Off-street parking is available.

Attire/Other Info: Outdoor lawn equipment is needed for this project. Items include hedge trimmers, blowers and weed whackers (gas powered is preferred), shovels, rakes, hand-held clippers, ladders, etc. Please label your items and bring work gloves. We’re also in need of a dolly for the basement project. Heavy lifting is needed for the removal of some items. Trash bags will be provided. ATTH would like to give advance thanks to Runco Waste for providing a dumpster.

Volunteers Needed: 20.



A Time to Help Update – September 2017

A Time to Help Update – September 2017

S.A.Y. Clinic Celebrates Residents, Attracts New Patients, at Health Fair

HIGHLAND PARK, MI — For more than two hours Saturday (Sept. 16), the parking lot just outside the doors of the S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic was transformed into a vibrant gathering spot for the community.

Called “Healthy Food = Healthy Women,’’ S.A.Y. Detroit hosted its first women’s health fair and open house to increase its outreach and visibility in one of metro Detroit’s most-challenged neighborhoods while also celebrating the good work the clinic has done for the community for the past nine years… continue reading »



Save the date for October 21, 2017 for our next project. Details to come.

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