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.


October Project: Motown Soup

Motown Soup is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization that packages premium soup & food mixes that are sold at craft shows, retail stores and on-line. All profits from sales in various outlets are donated to various social agencies that ‘help the homeless, the hungry and the hurting” like soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters.

Date: October 18, 2014

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Project Location: Trinity Lutheran Church – NE corner Van Dyke & M59 (Hall Road)

Project scope: Major tasks will focus on accurate measurement/packing dry ingredients for soup and bake mixes, stapling & labeling packaged bags, packing finished product in boxes.

Volunteers: Project minimum age is 14*. For hygiene regulation compliance, organization provides aprons, non-latex food gloves, and cafeteria hats to wear (or you may wear own baseball style hats). Long hair must be tied back.

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

45160 Van Dyke, Utica, MI 48317   |   Parking: on site paved lot  |  Map

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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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