A Time to Help’s largest volunteer event of the year is right around the corner. Come join Mitch Albom on Saturday, Dec. 2 to help host our annual holiday party for shelter residents and their children at The Salvation Army Harbor Light in Detroit.
With the help of a generous public, the A Time to Help party gives shelter residents a heartwarming and memory-making experience. We will provide the mothers an opportunity to “shop” at a gift store stocked with donated new clothing and toiletries, along with toys for Santa to distribute. The morning will also be filled with fun activities that our volunteers will supervise for the children, including face painting, dancing, caricature drawings, children’s crafts, games and more. The popular “relaxation zone’’ returns again this year for mothers to receive free manicures and massages. So, too, does the opening breakfast snack followed by a fabulous pizza luncheon sponsored by Shield’s Pizza. And of course, the highlight of the celebration will be a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Among the new additions this year will be performances by “Patrick the Magician’’ for the families to enjoy.
Please join us!
Date: Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017
Time: 8 am – 12:30 p.m. Volunteers are asked to arrive by 8 am to check in, help set up and decorate, and receive their assignments. The party will start at 9:30 am.
Location: Ellen A. Thompson Center at The Salvation Army Harbor Light, 3737 Humboldt, Detroit 48208 | Map
What to Bring: All volunteers are asked to bring items to donate to stock the holiday store. This is where shelter residents will “shop’’ for gifts for their children and themselves. We encourage each volunteer to purchase at least one life-skills toy such as Legos or educational and family games, and one clothing or toiletry item. Gifts are to be unwrapped to make sure that each child and parent receives the appropriate and safe new gifts.
Gift Items Requested:
For women: The shelter is requesting nighttime clothing — such as nightgowns and two-piece PJ’s — so we are making it a pajama party at the holiday store! The size range requested is small to 3X. Other items to consider donating for the moms include body wash, deodorant, lotion and pump body spray (no aerosol sprays, please).
Children’s clothing: Pajamas, or other nighttime clothing such as sweat pants and sweat shirts. The ages of the children range from infants to age 14.
Toys: All toys will be sorted by age group in “Santa’s Workshop’’ near the holiday store, and then bundled and taken to Santa for distribution after his surprise arrival. We are asking for life-skills and educational toys, but age-appropriate electronics for the older children, including ear phones, are OK. The age groups are infants to age 3; children ages 4 to 7; 8 to 11, and 12 to 14.
Another Donation Request: We want to make all of the party rooms and the hallways super festive this year, so if you have any extra holiday decorations to donate or bring for us to borrow for the event — such as wall decorations, holiday lights, centerpieces, etc — that would be great. Please make sure to put your name on your decoration if you’re not donating.
Other Important Information: We are asking all volunteers to refrain from taking photos of the shelter residents/guests and their children unless you know they’ve signed a consent form. It is paramount that we protect their privacy. In addition, The Salvation Army has implemented “Safe From Harm’’ rules for volunteers that apply to their campus. The guidelines will be emailed to each registered volunteer the week of the event.
Volunteers Needed: 75
A Helping Hand For Westside Cultural & Athletic Club
DETROIT, MI — It was a true labor of love.
For more than 40 years, Erica Wright has directed her charity — and its mission of guiding young people — out of her home near West Side Academy in Detroit.
Her service to others has sometimes meant forgoing her own yard work and other projects such as clearing out and organizing the basement of her nonprofit.
A long time supporter of Wright’s Westside Cultural & Athletic Club, S.A.Y. Detroit decided to make her charity its October A Time to Help project.
And so on Saturday (Oct. 21), 20 ATTH volunteers divided into two groups and worked for three hours performing a fall clean-up of her property. . . . continue reading »
A Time to Help’s next event is its annual The Salvation Army Christmas Party for shelter women and children on Dec. 2. Information and registration details will be posted on atimetohelp.org next week.
Project Description: Volunteers will be working primarily outside performing general clean-up and light landscaping around the home base of a nonprofit supported by S.A.Y. Detroit. Chores include the removal and trimming of bushes and overgrowth; raking leaves; weed-whacking and trash pick up. Another team will be working in the basement removing items, cleaning and organizing.
Event Date/Time: Saturday, October 21, 9:00am to noon.
Location: 3740 West Hancock, Detroit, MI, 48208 | Map
Parking: Off-street parking is available.
Attire/Other Info: Outdoor lawn equipment is needed for this project. Items include hedge trimmers, blowers and weed whackers (gas powered is preferred), shovels, rakes, hand-held clippers, ladders, etc. Please label your items and bring work gloves. We’re also in need of a dolly for the basement project. Heavy lifting is needed for the removal of some items. Trash bags will be provided. ATTH would like to give advance thanks to Runco Waste for providing a dumpster.
Volunteers Needed: 20.
S.A.Y. Clinic Celebrates Residents, Attracts New Patients, at Health Fair
HIGHLAND PARK, MI — For more than two hours Saturday (Sept. 16), the parking lot just outside the doors of the S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic was transformed into a vibrant gathering spot for the community.
Called “Healthy Food = Healthy Women,’’ S.A.Y. Detroit hosted its first women’s health fair and open house to increase its outreach and visibility in one of metro Detroit’s most-challenged neighborhoods while also celebrating the good work the clinic has done for the community for the past nine years… continue reading »
Save the date for October 21, 2017 for our next project. Details to come.
Project Description: Volunteers will assist S.A.Y. Detroit staff in hosting “Healthy Food = Healthy Women’’ — a free women’s health fair and open house at the S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic. Volunteers will help set up; serve a continental breakfast; distribute free items and information; and assist in giving clinic tours.
Event Date/Time: Saturday, September 16, 8:30am to noon.
Location: S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic, 211 Glendale Ave., Highland Park, MI, 48203 | Map
Parking: Off-street parking is available.
Attire/Other Info: Most activities will take place outside the clinic, under an outdoor tent. We are asking our volunteers to wear ATTH shirts, which will be available at the event if you don’t have one. The health fair begins at 10 am, but volunteers are asked to arrive no later than 8:30 am.
Volunteers Needed: 20.
Backyard Fun at Angels’ Place
July 15 | The project was special from the start.
More than a half-dozen residents from Angels’ Place — the nonprofit that A Time to Help supported Saturday in Southfield — welcomed the volunteers and stayed until the end, working alongside the group constructing games and painting banners.
For 25 years, Angels’ Place has provided residential homes, community living, support and day programs for persons with developmental disabilities. The nonprofit was founded by five mothers concerned about the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities and the needs of their families.
It was ATTH’s first project at Angels’ Place in two years …keep reading »
Reminder: there will be no project in August, but we will return in September. Like us on Facebook so you won’t miss any announcements about September’s project.