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!
June Project: S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center
June 6, 2015, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The closed Lipke Recreation Center will reopen as the S.A.Y. (Sports, Academics, Youth) Detroit Play Center after repairs and refurbishment. In partnership with SAY Detroit a 501(c) (3) non-profit, the city of Detroit, and Score7 Charitable Fund, the center will engage underserved youth in a unique approach to motivational learning. Students aged 8 to 18 who maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average and school attendance or enroll in the on-site daily tutoring program to meet program requirements will have access to the center resources, including the sports facilities, Note for Notes recording studio and multi-media learning center.
Project scope: Cleaning activities: wall surfaces: hallways, lockers, gym, restrooms, kitchen, trash removal, sweeping, mopping.
Project Location: Lipke Recreation Center | 19320 Van Dyke Avenue | Detroit, MI 48234 | Map
Parking: Residential street / parking lot
Volunteers: Bring your own work gloves/plastic gloves and any janitorial items such as brooms, dustpans, sponge mops, all purpose cleaners/disinfectants (Simple Green, 409, Windex, etc.), buckets, rags, sponges, trash bags, trash containers, step ladders.
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