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.


July Project: DTE Energy Farm, Westland Garden

July 26  |   9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

For the past eight years, DTE Energy converted some of its land into gardens managed by Gleaners Community Food Bank to grow fresh produce vital to basic nutrition.  The harvest feeds needy people through Gleaners’ partnerships with neighborhood food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters & social service agencies.  Currently, there are four gardens in the metro-Detroit area that collectively amount to 2 acres.  This garden network is referred to as DTE Energy Farm.  Harvested crops from the Westland garden goes to the Lighthouse Home Missions pantry.

Weather-permitting, Volunteers will be weeding by hand & garden hoes, mulching garden paths with wood chips, laying compost on vegetable beds, picking harvest ready crops, and other outdoor activities.

Wear closed-toe shoes for safety.  Bring your own gloves and if you have garden tools: trowels, hoes, rakes, shovels.   No gardening experience is required; minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Location:  38155 Cherry Hill Rd.  |  Westland, MI 48186   |    Map    |  DTE ENERGY VOLUNTEER INFO

Note:  Inclement weather or temperatures above 90 degrees will cancel this event.

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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