When Operation: Kid Equip needed help cleaning up its warehouse and sorting school supplies, it turned to Time Team Detroit to find volunteers. The volunteers arrived on time and helped accomplish more than organizers had anticipated. So, when
Operation: Kid Equip needed volunteers for a back-to-school backpack giveaway, the agency founder knew exactly who to turn to.
“Time Team Detroit has been very helpful for our organization. The volunteers are people who want to volunteer and they come in with the intention of working,” said Menachem Kniespeck, president and CEO of Operation: Kid Equip.
Who is Time Team Detroit? Listeners of Mojo in the Morning on Channel 955.
When the Mojo crew created Time Team Detroit, they found the community wanted to help organizations like Operation: Kid Equip or The Miracle League of Michigan but didn’t feel they had the resources to make a difference.
“Time Team Detroit was created by the Mojo in the Morning crew because so many people in metropolitan Detroit wanted to do something to help the community and they didn’t necessarily have the money in their pockets for financial support,” says Shannon Murphy, co-host of Mojo in the Morning.
Time Team Detroit has partnered with United Way Community Services to help find some of their events. A typical month has one event where Mojo in the Morning listeners and the general community can work together for a few hours to make a big impact on a project.
Volunteers have helped organize warehouses, plant and harvest community gardens, cleaned up the grounds around a community gym and pack food boxes. Events are held around metropolitan Detroit to give volunteers a chance to participate, regardless of where they live.
Organizations they have volunteered for include:
- The Baldwin Center
- Southwest Solutions
- Salvation Army
- The Covenant House
- Fish and Loaves Community Pantry
- Forgotten Harvest
The next Time Team Detroit event is Saturday, September 17 at the DTE Energy Garden in Westland, where they will be harvesting the produce grown for Gleaners Community Food Bank.
According to Murphy, the volunteers love the events.
“Everybody loves being given an opportunity to do something great for the community,” she said. “They all walk away saying it was worth it.”
Murphy also enjoys meeting Channel 955 listeners, adding that it is always fun to see the reactions of people when they go from hearing her voice to seeing her face.