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.  Ann Arbor Art Fair Economic Impact Study

Dates & Times: July 15th-18th

Location: The Ann Arbor Art Fair

Description: The Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (AAACVB) will be conducting an economic impact study of the 2015 Ann Arbor Art Fair. The AAACVB is looking for volunteers to collect survey responses during the Art Fair. This opportunity is not ran by Growing Hope, but as a volunteer you have an opportunity to give a charitable donation through your service. For every volunteer shift filled by a GH volunteer, The Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau will be 

donating $25 to our organization. To register, follow the link below. Be sure to list Growing Hope as your organization when you register:  Ann Arbor Art Fair Volunteer Registration
 2.  YpsiTasty Guides and Greeters

Dates & Times: Tuesday, July 21st between 4-9pm (depending on your volunteer role)

Location: The Ypsilanti area (The Downtown and Depot Town Farmers Market locations)

Description:We'll need folks to help guests at our YpsiTasty Grub Crawl on Tuesday, July 21. The event is from 5-9pm. Volunteers may be assigned to the guest check in station where tickets and maps will be distributed, or will be asked to staff different information stations where guests can check in, ask questions, and get directions. Guest check in will be between 4-4:30.  This is a super fun event, and volunteers get to sample some tasty local food as a reward for their work! Check out more details on our events page at: http://www.growinghope.net/get_involved/events

3.  Learn and Serve with Growing Hope

Dates & Times: Saturday, July 25th from 1-4pm

Location: The Growing Hope Center

Description: Calling all youth! Growing Hope has a group service day planned specifically for you! Join us at the Growing Hope Center for a Teen Mentor led service day that will be paired with a site tour, a Growing Hope overview, and some fun group activities. Our Teen Mentors, youth employed by Growing Hope, will introduce volunteers to our Youth Garden space and lead them in service work that contributes to its development. All volunteers 18 and under will need a parent or guardian to complete a volunteer Registration and Release Form prior to volunteering with us. For more details or to register for this event, please email Kat Krupsky at volunteer@growinghope.net. 



Get Dirty on the Farm!
1. Farm Workdays
Dates & Times: Mon.  3-5pm and Tues. & 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. Friday, Saturday & Sunday Evening Hoop House Caretaker
Dates and Times: Fridays, between  5-7pm
Location: The Growing Hope Center 
Description: We need a trustworthy, dedicated volunteer who can make a regular  Friday 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.  Kitchen Floor Sealer
Dates & Times: Any free weekend. We can be flexible with your availability. 
Location: The Growing Hope Center
Description:  To obtain kitchen certification, Growing Hope is required to glue down any kitchen floor tile that seems to be coming up/loose, and then seal the whole floor with an acrylic floor sealant product. We also need to caulk the baseboards to seal them. If you're a volunteer with some knowledge or experience with this type of work, holler at us! This job should take between 5-6 hours to complete.
2. Lawn Care Volunteer(s) 
Dates & Times: Weekly/Flexible
Location: The Growing Hope Center 
Description: Interested in offering your lawn mowing services? Help keep the Growing Hope Center beautiful by taking a few hours to mow our grass once a week, or as often as you are able. All materials are provided. Just show up and be prepared to cut grass from 1-2 hours.

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.


4.  Hardware Installer

Dates & TimesFlexible
LocationThe Growing Hope Center
DescriptionWe need a volunteer to i nstall required hardware to enable our downstairs bathroom door to be self-closing, per kitchen certification requireme nt. If you're handy and have a knack for installing household hardware, this job is for you! 


5. Fence Painter

Dates & TimesWeekdays, flexible
LocationThe Growing Hope Center
DescriptionDo you like to paint and be outdoors? Help us complete the painting of our white picket fence along East side of the Growing Hope Center Farm. All materials can be provided, though if you have commercial painting equipment, feel free to bring it along! We estimate that this job well take about 6 hours to complete. It can be broken up into multiple workdays if needed.


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.  Bulk Mailing Help

Dates & Times: Monday 7/13, Tuesday 7/14, Wednesday 7/15, between 9-5pm

Location: The Growing Hope Center

Description: We need a few volunteers to help prepare approximately 300 pieces of mail that will be sent out to potential capitol campaign supporters. This job typically includes stuffing envelops, labeling, sealing, and placing stamps. This job is great for those who like to hang out inside with the Growing Hope Staff!


2. Button Making Master

Dates & Times: Starting 7/2 until completed, 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 and bottle-openers that will serve as thank-you gifts to our donors from the patronicity campaign. 


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