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.


April Project: Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program

The Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program encourages kids 8-18 to engage in a demanding physical, academic and social program. Nearly 95% of the children come from families that are living below the poverty line. The kids are attracted by the desire to learn to box – with the help of the Youth Program, they stay active at the gym, in their schools and in their community. The emphasis of “Books Before Boxing” has generated a 100% high school graduation rate of program participants. 

April 11, 2015, 9:30 – 12:00 pm

Project scope:  Prep outside/inside building walls with cleaning and scraping off old paint/debris. Assist with painting interior offices and concrete masonry unit walls. Bring your own work gloves, and if you have dust masks, paint scrapers, hammers, Phillips or flat screwdrivers, paint brushes or rollers.

NB: Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

Location:  Downtown Boxing Gym |  6445 E. Vernor Highway  |  Detroit, MI  48216|   Map

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

Parking: Street

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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