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!
Date/Time: Feb. 18, 2017 – 9 AM to 11:30 a.m.
Project Description: Volunteers will be repackaging green beans for distribution, as well as sorting and packing other food-drive items.
Project Location: Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, 24162 Mound Road, Warren, MI, 48091 (Between 9 Mile and 10 Mile Road; located directly behind the Salvation Army building).
Parking: Free and at the site.
Important information: When you arrive, please sign in on the appropriate sheet for Gleaners. A brief orientation will be held before the project. For your safety, wear closed-toe shoes.
Volunteers Needed: 30
All slots have been filled!
December 3, 2016 – Patty Massman of Macomb Township didn’t know what to expect when she registered for the first time to volunteer at S.A.Y. Detroit’s annual Christmas party to benefit The Salvation Army’s shelter clients and their children.
By the end of her morning of service on Saturday (Dec. 3) at The Salvation Army Harbor Light in Detroit, Massman said her family was ready to sign up for next year’s event.
“This party is amazing,” Massman said of A Time to Help’s largest one-day volunteer effort of the year. “We’ll be doing more of these. To see all the smiles on all the children made it worth it. It was great how everyone came together.”
Led by S.A.Y. Detroit founder Mitch Albom — along with Albom’s radio show co-host Ken Brown — more than 100 volunteers gathered at the Ellen A. Thompson Center to help make the holiday special for more than 100 children and their mothers….continue story »
Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to All. Back in 2017 with new volunteer projects! Save the date for February 18, 2017