Volunteer with Growing Hope!

Thanks for your interest in volunteering with Growing Hope! Whether you are looking to get dirty and dig around the Growing Hope Center or stay clean by helping out in our offices or at the Ypsilanti Farmers Market, we have volunteer opportunities for you or your group! 

Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator to talk about opportunities by emailing volunteer@growinghope.net.

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Current Opportunities: 
Special Events!
1. Chefs in the Garden Support Volunteers

Dates: Sunday, September 27th

Shifts: (1) set-up from 11-4:30pm (2) serving and tear-down from 4-8pm 

(3) clean-up crew from 7:30-9pm

Location: The Growing Hope Center

Description: Finally, the events you've all been waiting for are here! The 2015 Chefs in the Garden season is in progress and we need volunteers like YOU to make this season a success! Chefs in the Garden is a fun, exciting, and memorable garden party series hosted by Growing Hope on the GH Urban farm. During these events, we invite local, well-known chefs to whip up a spectacular creation in the kitchen, using locally and seasonally inspired ingredients. Like all Growing Hope events, volunteers are a must! At Chefs, we ask volunteers to help with tasks such as set up, serving, washing dishes, and event tear down. For more information and to sign up for one of our three volunteer shifts, please follow the following link: September Chefs in the Garden Registration Form


 2. Learn and Serve with Growing Hope 

Dates & Times: Saturday, September 26th from 1-4pm

Location: The Growing Hope Center

Description: Learn & Serve is a group service day, hosted by Growing Hope, where our organization pairs an educational workshop with service work. These events are held on the last Saturday of every month. Come prepared to participate in a workshop or presentation as well as service work. Our September Learn & Serve is going to be informative and fun! Join Growing Hope for a workshop on putting your garden to bed that will be followed by relevant service work. Learn about how to prepare your garden for the winter and more! Learn & Serve Registration Form


Get Dirty on the Farm!
1. Farm Workdays 
Dates & Times: Mon. 3-5pm and 
Wed. & Fri. 10-12pm
Location: The Growing Hope Center 
Description:  Great for individual and group  volunteers. Come prepared to work outdoors!  Wear close-toed shoes and clothes that you can get dirty.  Every day is different! Get your hands dirty planting in the hoop house, preparing outdoor garden beds, transplanting seedlings, moving compost, harvesting for the farmers market, and/or help with site maintenance. We'd be lost without some extra hands around the farm to help us keep things running smoothly, and keep the farm growing safely and abundantly!
2. Evening Hoop House Caretaker
Dates and Times: Everyday between  5-7pm
Location: The Growing Hope Center 
Description: We need a trustworthy, dedicated volunteer who can make a regular weekly commitment. This volunteer will be asked to come to the GH Center and water our hoop house while the staff is away. Typically this job takes about 1-2 hours and all training can be provided prior to starting your  Saturday shift.
Lend a (handy) Hand!
1. Marketplace Bathroom Demo

Dates & Times: Flexible

Location: 16 S. Washington St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Description: Calling all handy workers!!! We 

need a couple of volunteers experienced in demolition work to help with tearing down walls in the old bank building, where our new, year-round marketplace now exists. We're looking for two, maybe three, volunteers with site demo experience and plenty of handy skills to go around. We'll spend a couple hours demoing the bank bathroom (to prepare for building an ADA-accessible bathroom). Wear comfortable clothes you don't mind getting dirty, closed toe shoes, long sleeves and long pants, and bring any personal protective equipment you have!
2. Rain Barrel Maker

Dates & Times: TBA

Location: 9 S. Adams St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197 

Description:  Join us at the YpsiPlanti Garden Supply shop to assemble a few rain barrel kits to be sold in the shop. Offer your handy skills in exchange for an opportunity to learn how to construct your very own rain barrel and a small discount on your very own rain barrel if you choose to purchase one. This job should only take 1-2 hours to complete.

3. Gas Line Install for Dryer

Dates & Times: Flexible

Location: Growing Hope Center

Description:  Are you certified to install gas lines for home appliances and interested in helping out in your community? Help Growing Hope install a gas line in the basement of the GH Center so staff can have a functioning washer and dryer for special events.


Support our Farmers Markets!
1. Downtown Ypsi Market Support Volunteers

Dates & Times: Tuesdays from 2-3pm and/or from 7-8pm

Location: 16 S. Washington St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Description: Do you love Ypsilanti Farmers Markets? Volunteer with our exceptional market team and show how much you love Ypsi markets. GH needs volunteers to help with set-up and tear down at every Tuesday market. Volunteers will be asked to help with tents, tables, and chairs.

2. Depot Town Market Support Volunteers

Dates & Times: Saturdays from 8-9am and/or from 1-2pm

Location: 100 Rice St. Ypsilanti (in the plaza)

Description: Do you love Ypsilanti Farmers Markets? Volunteer with our exceptional market team and show how much you love Ypsilanti markets. Growing Hope needs volunteers to help with set-up and tear down at every Saturday market. Volunteers will be asked to help with tents, tables, and chairs.

Development and Marketing!  
1. Button Making Master

Dates & Times: During office hours

Location: The Growing Hope Center

Description: Are you a button making master? If not, are you interested in becoming one?! Help us construct buttons for the Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA). Be prepared for repetitive motions. We can be flexible with your availability during work hours.


2. Chefs in the Garden Prep-Meister 

Dates & Times: Thursday 9/24 and Friday 9/25, during office hours

Location: The Growing Hope Center

Description: The Chefs in the Garden garden party series is finally here!!! With these exciting events come plenty of prep work that must be done to ensure success. Our second garden party will take place and September 27th and we're in need of volunteer who can sanitize and wash dishes and silverware. Additionally, we need help getting signs, cards, and place settings ready for the event. We're flexible during office hours so let us know if you're interested and or available. 


Garden & Education Programs!

1. Tour de Fresh Support Volunteers

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 8th from 4-8:30pm

Location: 16 S. Washington St. Ypsilanti

Description: Tour de Fresh is a bicycle tour of the local Ypsilanti food system. We will be visiting local gardens, micro-farms, honey projects, and farmers markets. We are looking for a group of great volunteers to help with event set-up, registration and check in, and event break down. Volunteers will be able to participate in the ride if they would like to!

Join a Committee
Growing Hope Center Planning Team
Growing Hope Finance Committee
Growing Hope Board of Directors
Growing Hope Advisory Board

Check out the latest edition of Let's Grow Together: The GH Volunteer Newsletter below:

GROWING HOPE  |  922 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI  48197 | P.O. Box 980129, Ypsilanti, MI 48198 | Phone: 734-786-8401 | getintouch@growinghope.net