A Time To Help was established in 1997 to galvanize Detroit volunteerism on a regular basis.

Under the umbrella of Mitch Albom’s S.A.Y Detroit charity, A Time to Help has now staged more than 150 monthly projects, 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.

Albom and radio co-host Ken Brown lead each monthly project. Volunteers can sign up for one, two or all projects. 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.

To register as a volunteer with A Time to Help, click here, and create a volunteer profile. Monthly events are updated throughout the year. Check regularly to see if there is an event that interests you!

A Time to Help exists on volunteer energy and donations. All monies raised for A Time to Help is strictly used for the projects scheduled throughout the year, benefiting dozens of agencies and nonprofit organizations in the Detroit and metro-Detroit area.


December Project: Annual Shelter Holiday Party

Adopting homeless children and their parents living in shelters for one day is one of A Time to Help’s most cherished activities.  The residents of the shelters are enormously touched by the generosity of volunteers and sponsors.   Having a special party in their honor with tons of needed gifts, food, arts and crafts, games, Santa, and more is heart-warming for both residents and volunteers.

The Salvation Army, a non-profit organization, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church.  Its ministry includes social services programs for those needing assistance in many areas like disaster relief, temporary housing, food distribution, or addiction recovery without discrimination to race, color or creed.

Date: December 6, 2014

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Project Location: Denby Center for Children and Family Services  |  20775 Pembroke  |  Detroit, MI  48219  |   Map

Project scope: Provide the homeless women and children with probably their only festive celebration of the holiday season.  This event will engage shelter residents with activities such as arts & crafts, facepainting, games, entertainment, music, food & refreshments to give shelter residents & volunteers alike a heartwarming and memory-making experience.

Preparation: Donate item(s) to stock a Holiday Store that the clients can ‘shop’ for gifts for their children and themselves, share your time & talents to those in need of social interaction, and bring (if you have extra) holiday decorations for table centerpieces, walls or windows. Click here for the list of acceptable items needed for the holiday store.

Sign up: www.atimetohelp.org

Questions:  time.to.help.email@gmail.com (313) 309-5800

Parking: Residential street

Sign Up Now or Set Up Your Volunteer Profile
Do you have a suggestion for a project, or have a question about volunteering? Contact us at time.to.help.email@gmail.com or 313-309-5800. A Time to Help operates in conjunction with SAY Detroit and the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries.

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