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.


December 2015: S.A.Y. Detroit’s Annual Holiday Celebration

December 2015: S.A.Y. Detroit’s Annual Holiday Celebration

The annual holiday party for shelter residents at The Salvation Army is A Time to Help’s largest volunteer effort and most-cherished activity.  Having a special gathering for homeless parents and their children is heart-warming for everyone involved; residents, volunteers and sponsors.

With the help of a generous public, the A Time to Help holiday party provides shelter residents with holiday “shopping” at a gift store sticked with donated clothing, toys and toiletries.  While moms receive manicures and chair massages, their children engage in a variety of activities from face painting, games and caricature drawings to music, food and entertainment (and of course, meeting Santa & Mrs. Claus)

Date: December 12, 2015

Time: 8:30AM – 12:30PM

Location: Ellen A. Thompson Center at the Salvation Army Harbor Light
3737 Humboldt Detroit, 48208 (Note: This is not the same location as last year)

Project Scope: The event is A Time to Help’s largest volunteer activity of the year. Volunteers will assist in engaging residents in arts & crafts, face painting, games, entertainment music, food and refreshments. The purpose is to give shelter residents a heartwarming and memory-making experience.

Preparation: All volunteers are asked to bring items to donate to stock the Holiday Store. This is where residents can ‘shop’ for gifts for their children and themselves. We encourage each volunteer to purchase at least one new toy and outfit. Gifts are to be unwrapped to ensure that each child and parent receives appropriate and safe new gifts.
Please check back soon at​ atimetohelp.org for information regarding sizes. Children’s ​ages will ​range from newborn to 17 years old. We also need holiday decorations for centerpieces.

Sign up: atimetohelp.org
Questions: atimetohelp.detroit@gmail.com
Volunteers Needed: 100

The Salvation Army, a non-profit organization, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its ministry includes socials services programs for those needing assistance in many areas such as disaster relief, temporary housing, food distribution, or addiction recovery without discrimination to race, color or creed.

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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