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.

Volunteer FAQs

Current Opportunities:
Special Events:
1. March GH Learn & Serve: Garden Season Kick-Off Resource Fair
Dates and Times: March 28th, from 12:30-4pm 
Location: Grace Fellowship Church (1301 S Harris Rd. Ypsilanti, MI 48198)
Description: Looking for a fun way to volunteer in your community? Participate in this month's Learn & Serve group service day, an event where GH combines an educational workshop with service work! For March's event, we'll be shaking things up! Instead of our normal structure of workshop followed by service work, GH will be asking volunteers to help staff a garden resource fair and take advantage of the educational information during the event. Registration will be posted shortly, but please email Kat Krupsky at volunteer@growinghope.net to express interest and for more details.
*If you missed out on February's Learn & Serve, check out the powerpoint on extending your growing season we used during our workshop: Seasonal Extension PowerPoint
Get Dirty on the Farm: 
1. Hands on in the Farm
Dates and Times: Tues. & Fri., 10am-12pm
Location: Growing Hope Center 
Description: This is a year-round opportunity. Come prepared to work outdoors! This volunteer can expect to assist with planting, weeding, harvesting, watering, organizing tools and seeds, and general farm maintenance. However, during the cooler months, farm work typically includes more organizational and clean-up work. No experience necessary, we'll cover appropriate training. 
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. Matthaei Greenhouse Caretaker(s)
Dates and Times: Tues. & Thurs., 1pm-4:30pm
Location: Growing Hope Center & Matthaei Botanical Gardens (1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Ann Arbor, MI) 
Description: With the generosity the UM Matthaei Botanical Gardens, GH will be growing seedlings in a heated green house! We need volunteers to help with weekly check-ups on our seedlings where we will water and pot baby plants. Volunteers can meet at the GHC at 1pm and carpool with GH staff or meet us as the Botanical Gardens at 1:30pm. Consistent volunteers are preferred, but we welcome anyone who's interested to join!
3. Seed Starting Squad Prep Volunteer(s)
Dates: Tuesday, March 10th & Friday, March 20th
Shifts: (1) March 10th, 3-5pm (2) March 20th, 3-5pm
Location: 9 S. Adams St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Description: Help GH staff prepare for the last two Seed Starting Squads. Clean up the warehouse space where SSS will be taking place and set up any necessary materials.
4. Seed Starting Squad Support Volunteers
Dates: Wednesday, March 11th & Saturday, March 21st 
Shifts: (1) March 11th, from 4:30-7pm (2) March 21st, from 11-2pm
Location: 9 S. Adams St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Description: Looking for a way to learn about seed starting practices? Help out with the last 2 Seed Starting Squads and learn about how to start your seeds inside. Volunteers will be asked to help with photography, volunteer check-in, help SSS members carry materials to their cars, and clean-up.
Lend a (handy) Hand:
1. Market Team Handyman/Handywoman
Dates and Times: Flexible
Location: 9 S. Adams St. Ypsilanti, MI
Description: Help support Ypsi farmers markets through a variety of off-season handy jobs. These jobs include but are not limited to fixing large tent frames (assess what can and cannot be fixed), fixing market tables (mostly in need of screw adjustments), bolting safety straps into the market trailer, and possibly installing shelving at our Adams St. office.
2. Market Team Seamstress
Dates and Times: Mondays & Tuesdays, between 10AM-5:30PM/Flexible
Location: 9 S. Adams St. Ypsilanti, MI or Off-site
Description: Do you have sewing skills? If so, lend a hand to the GH market team to repair holes in the canopies of tents used at our farmers markets. Bringing your own sewing materials is encouraged. This job can take place on-site or off-site depending on your comfort level.
Maintain the GH Center:
1. Weekend Snow Removal 
Dates and Times: Weekends/Flexible
Location: Growing Hope Center
Description: Help the GH staff keep up with snow removal over the weekends. Use our shovels or bring your own snow blower to clear the pathways, sidewalk, and parking lot during the snowy season.
2. Volunteer Locksmith
Dates and Times: Flexible
Location: Growing Hope Center
Description: Are you a handy-worker? Do you have experience as a Locksmith? GH needs a volunteer to help update locks at the GH Center. All necessary materials will be provided. 
3. Gas Line Install for Dryer
Dates and 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.
Development & Organization:
1. GH Calendar Sales Volunteer
Dates and Times: Flexible
Location: Growing Hope Center and Surrounding Areas
Description: Help sell our beautiful 2015 Growing Hope Calendar! Take a stack to sell to friends, family, and businesses. Help your friends stay organized in the New Year while raising funds for Growing Hope!
Youth Programs:
1. Seed 2 Plate Volunteer(s)
Date: Weekdays
Location: Ypsilanti Schools
Description: Are you interested in working with youth? Do you enjoy teaching kids about nutrition and healthy cooking? Apply to be a Youth Program Volunteer! Submit your volunteer registration (if you haven’t already) and complete a background check with Kat Krupsky, Volunteer Coordinator, prior to serving with youth. Once materials are cleared, assist our Youth Program Coordinator with weekly Seed 2 Plate nutrition education classes at local Ypsilanti schools. 

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