Spreading Rocks – And Fellowship – At The Detroit Zoo
May 20 — Royal Oak — As scores of patrons waited in line Saturday (May 20) to visit the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, more than two dozen A Time to Help Volunteers made their way behind the building to face the project that awaited them at the Detroit Zoo: Spreading thousands of pounds of landscaping rocks.
How’s that song go? Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Led by S.A.Y. Detroit founder Mitch Albom and his radio show co-host, Ken Brown, the crew worked diligently for nearly three hours clearing debris, shoveling rocks into wheel barrels and, finally, spreading the rocks around shrubs and trees to beautify the area behind the center … continue story »
Save the date for June 24, 2017 for our next project. Details to come.
Event Date/Time: Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m. to noon. Please arrive by 8:30 a.m.
Project: Volunteers will be performing general landscaping and grounds clean-up throughout the Zoo, as needed. Volunteers will work in teams supervised by the Zoo’s landscape staff.
Where: Detroit Zoo — Ten Mile and Woodward in Royal Oak.
Parking: Enter at Gate 4/Administration entrance located a quarter mile west of Woodward on the I-696 Service Drive. The guard at the gate will have names of volunteers and will direct them to parking in the Ten Mile lot. Meeting place for the group will be the lobby of the Ford Education Center. Follow the serpentine walkway to the courtyard door of the center. Signage will direct you to the appropriate location inside the building.
Waiver: Signed waivers are required to participate. They will be available upon arrival at the Ford Education Center.
Attire: Volunteers must be dressed appropriately for outdoor work. Closed-toe shoes are a must. Hat, gloves, sunscreen and inset repellant are recommended.
Bring: Volunteers should bring refillable water bottles for their personal use. Tools and materials will be provided.
Volunteers Needed: 30
Important: Registration will close on May 16 for this project. Minimum age is 18; no children can be accepted for this event. The Zoo assumes this is a rain or shine event.
April 10 – The painters were on rooftops and ladders. The other crew members filled a dumpster with debris that had been littering a two-block area around Cass Community Social Services’ campus in Highland Park.
The common thread was that they were all volunteers — more than two dozen strong — and all members of Mitch Albom’s A Time to Help team that answered the call to service last Saturday (April 8) to help Cass Community’s Tiny Homes neighborhood.
The home ownership program will be completed later this year with 25 homes; six have been built so far. The residents will have a combination of experiences (formerly homeless people, senior citizens, college students, etc.), but all will qualify as low-income. At first, the residents will rent the homes. Anyone who remains for seven years will be given the opportunity to own the home and property, said Rev. Faith Fowler, executive director at CCSS… continue story »
Save the date for May 20, 2017 for our next project. Details to come.
Cass Community Social Services fights poverty and creates opportunity for Detroit’s most at-risk citizens. The nonprofit has been a leader in devising programs and creating jobs to enhance the lives of the homeless community, the developmentally disabled, and those who suffer from mental illness and substance abuse.
Event Date/Time: Saturday, April 8, 9 a.m. to noon
Project: Volunteers will contribute to Cass Community’s Tiny Homes neighborhood project. Tiny Homes provides home ownership for formerly homeless and other low-income people. Some light physical work outside may be required, so dress accordingly.
Where: We’ll be meeting at the CCSS Scott Building, 11850 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit, MI, 48206.
Parking: Parking available next to the Scott Building. Off-street parking is also available.
Volunteers Needed: 30
Bright Beginnings serves families through COTS’ emergency shelter and long-term housing initiatives. Volunteers will be hosting a Family Fun Day to celebrate the families that COTS serves. Volunteers will help set up, design and run each station and clean up.
Some of the games that volunteers will be helping with include potato sack races, a Jenga tournament, and an art station. Volunteers can also elect to read out-loud to the children in the reading corner.
Event Date/Time: Saturday, March 25, 9 a.m. to noon.
Where: In the cafeteria of COTS Family Only Emergency Shelter, 26 Peterboro, Detroit, 48201.| Map it here
Parking: Street parking on Peterboro. Enter through the front door.
Important Info: Please arrive by 9 a.m. to sign up and leave biographical information and to sign a photo release for pictures and other public relations opportunities. The Family Fun Day starts at 9:30 a.m. and will end at approximately 11 am (a half hour before and after, for set up/clean up.
Please do not come if you are ill (but please notify ATTH via email at email@example.com)
Volunteers Needed: 30
Registration for our Feb. 18 project at Gleaners Community Food Bank in Warren is closed because we have reached the maximum number of volunteers.
We have secured the date and location of our March A Time to Help Project. Mark your calendars now for March 25th. We’ll be at COTS/Bright Beginnings day care.
Sign up for that event will begin at the end of the month. Hope to see everyone there!