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.


April Project: Ravendale Community Center

When: April 26, 2014  |   9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Project: The mission of the Ravendale Community Center is to provide an environment for residents to grow and prosper spiritually, intellectually, socially and economically, and to encourage residents to contribute their time, talent and resources to the betterment of their community, so that all residents and  visitors can feel welcome and comfortable in the community of Ravendale.

Volunteers will be working to help transform a three-story building into a neighborhood community center. Volunteers will help prepare the kitchen &  cafeteria areas so that it can be set up as a culinary arts program  for the students. These areas need removal of debris, sweeping  floors, and moving desks, chairs, and tables to a central storage on the ground floor. The walls will also need to be cleared of signage.

Where: Duke Ellington Conservatory of Music & Art building  |  8030 E. Outer Drive  |  Detroit, MI 48213   |   Map

Prepare: Please bring work gloves for your protection (required). Please bring brooms, snow shovels, dustpans and notify event coordinators (time.to.help.email@gmail.com or 313-309-5800) if you cannot bring or do not own such supplies.

Parking: Lot located behind building on Promenade. Entrance to kitchen through courtyard door next to parking lot.

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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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