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.


A Time to Help Event February 2016

A Time to Help Event February 2016

Forgotten Harvest is a food rescue organization that rescues surplus, prepared and perishable food and donates it to emergency food providers.

Volunteers will be re-packing nutritious food into family size portions destined for the table of those in need.  Volunteers will also help with clean-up of work area at end of shift.

Date/Time:  Feb 20, 2016 — 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Forgotten Harvest | 21800 Greenfield Road, Oak Park, MI 48237 | Map

Parking & Entrance: Parking lot but limited space (carpooling recommended). Please enter through front door entrance and ring doorbell to enter.

Requirements and Important Details:
-No volunteers younger than 12. Volunteers 12-17 need adult chaperone.
-Volunteers will need to sign a liability waiver (unless you have volunteered at Forgotten Harvest in the last 4 years). Please arrive at least 15 minutes to sign one.
-You must wear closed toe, closed heel shoes and long pants.  NO tank tops. No jewelry (wedding rings are fine). All earrings and facial piercings must be removed or covered with a beard guard when handling food products.
-You will not be allowed to volunteer if you are sick (even a mild cold) or if you have: Hepatitis A; Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, Shigella; Salmonella Typhi; Norovirus.You must have the ability to stand for up to 3 hours.
Allergen Warning: Forgotten Harvest at any given time can have and may have processed: Nuts, Tree Nuts, Shellfish/Fish, Wheat and Wheat Products, Soy Products, Milk and Eggs. Please consider your safety and ask for a different volunteer assignment if you have any of these allergies.
-Please leave all personal items and valuables at home.
Supplies and Food Safety: Forgotten Harvest will provide all the supplies you need including gloves, hairnets, beard guards, and aprons. All PPE must be worn at all times while handling food. No food is to be “sampled” or taken from the building. Violation of these rules, you will be asked to leave.
– Please visit this page for a full list of important details. Registration for this event is an acknowledgment that you have read and understand these requirements and notices.

Do you have a suggestion for a project, or have a question about volunteering? Contact us at atimetohelp.detroit@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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