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.


February Project: Cass Community Social Services

Cass Community Social Services is a non-profit organization that fights poverty and creates opportunities through their programs dealing with housing, food, health services and jobs.  Their Cass Green Industries program recycles illegally dumped tires into mud mats and sandals (Detroit Treads).  Twelve formerly homeless are employed by the program.


February 14, 2015, 9:30 – 11:30 am

Project scope: Major task will focus on making mud mats from tires collected from Detroit neighborhood vacant lots which were dumped illegally.  CCSS generates ‘green’ electricity through exercise bikes at their Green Industries complex and volunteers are welcomed to ride stationery bikes.

Location: Green Industries | 12025 Woodrow Wilson (NW corner of Woodrow Wilson & Elmhurst) | Detroit, MI  48206 | Map

Note:  Any volunteer under age 12 must have direct adult supervision for safety.

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

Parking: Street or parking lot at main building of Cass Community Social Services at 11850 Woodrow Wilson (sound horn to get access)

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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