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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!

Volunteers of all ages are an integral part of Growing Hope, and they support every angle of the organization’s work at all times of the year. Volunteers make the positive impact that we have on communities a possibility. Without you Growing Hope would not be nearly as impactful as it is with you as a volunteer. Inquire about all volunteer opportunities at: volunteer@growinghope.net.

Volunteers can contribute to a number of areas at Growing Hope including;

We have a Facebook group dedicated solely to our Growing Hope volunteers called “Growing Together: Growing Hope Volunteer Group.” This group is to share needs, pictures, schedules, related stories, and to connect with other volunteers! Our volunteers are such a huge part of our organization, and we wanted to create a space just for you. If you would like to join the group, let us know how to find you on Facebook, or simply search for the group and request to join!
Questions? Let us know and we’ll help you figure it out!

ONE TIME EVENT HELP NEEDED

Chefs in the Garden
Sunday, October 16th

Each dinner in our series features an artisan-prepared meal by notable regional chefs, delicious beer and wines, and show-stopping desserts. Enjoy the beauty of late summer and early fall on our working urban farm in the heart of Ypsilanti.

September’s dinner features Chef Dan Vernia and friends: The Washtenaw Food Hub All Stars! They’ll be creating a spectacular heritage meal using historical recipes and amazing local food from Tantre Farm, the Washtenaw Food Hub, The Brinery, Locavorious, and Starr Valley Farm.

Volunteer shifts:
Setting up 11am-4:30pm
Help set up for the event by wrapping silverware, putting up tables, and other related tasks. Some lifting above 25 lbs may be required.

Serving & event help 4-8pm
Help us by working the event! This includes a sign-in table, serving, and other event logistics. Volunteers helping with the event should wear all black.

Cleanup 8-9:30/10pm
Help us get everything cleaned up and put away after the event! This is extremely helpful because the event is held at a functioning farm and office space, so it needs to be back to the way it was before the event for staff returning the next day.

YpsiPlanti Sales Help

YpsiPlanti Garden Supply by Growing Hope is a retail garden store in downtown Ypsilanti! We sell all sorts of plants, gardening supplies, and related products. The sales from this store go to supporting programs run by Growing Hope.

Location: 16 S Washington Street

Store hours:
Tuesday-Friday 2-7pm
Saturday 8am-4pm

Help is need during any of those dates and times.

We’re looking for volunteers to help out in the store by preparing products, sales help, and other various tasks. This is a great opportunity for those looking for experience in marketing, sales, business, customer service, growing knowledge, and more!

Opportunities on the Farm

The Growing Hope Urban Farm is located at 922 W Michigan Ave in Ypsilanti, MI. This farm is both a demonstration and production farm, and volunteering there is a great way to get your hands dirty. We take volunteers from zero experience to experts!

Watering
Date & times are flexible
At least 1 month commitment required
We can’t keep a farm growing food without water, and we could always use extra hands to help us! This is a great opportunity for people who can’t make it during the 9-5 hours Monday through Friday. You’ll be trained on how to water the hoop house and the Growing Hope urban farm, and then it’s a relatively solo (or pair) task. We need people on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays right now, but other dates might open in the future.

Harvesting
Wednesdays 10am-12pm
Wednesday mornings is when we do our big harvest each week. Yes, things might get harvested on other days, but we set this time aside to make sure we pick what needs to be picked, check on everything that’s growing, prepare and package produce for sale and donation, and record everything in harvest logs. This produce all goes directly back into the community.

Friday Farm Workdays
Fridays 2-5pm
Are you looking to end the week by stretching your muscles and putting in a little bit of sweat equity? We keep the grounds and crops on the farm in top notch shape by tackling one-time and ongoing tasks every Friday afternoon. These tasks can include everything from composting and pruning to weeding and painting.

Ypsilanti Farmers Marketplace

The Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace is located at 16 S Washington Street in the heart of Downtown Ypsilanti. The space houses YpsiPlanti, the outdoor farmers market, and the indoor marketplace currently being renovated and refurbished. Once completed, the space will be a community healthy living space in the heart of downtown.

Grounds work
Mondays any time
We are looking for one or two individuals who would like to regularly volunteer for an hour or two to keep our MarketPlace lot clean for our Ypsilanti Farmers Markets and community events. This would include weeding, watering, and garbage pickup.

Handy work
Monday-Friday 9-5, flexible
Are you handy with tools, paint, or other minor construction tasks? We could use your help! The indoor marketplace we’re renovating has a lot of work left to be done, and every set of hands can help. Let us know what you’re able to do, and we’ll get you scheduled to help. The project is a true community effort, and we think if you see the space, you’ll be just as excited as we are!

AT THE FARMERS MARKETS

Farmers Market Volunteers
Dates & Times: Tuesdays 2-7:30pm or Saturdays 8am-1:30pm
Location: Tuesdays at 16 S Washington and Saturdays at 100 Rice St in Depot Town
Description: We are looking for someone who loves the farmers markets as much as we do! You’ll help set up, greet customers, count market attendees, and tear down. Commitment is at least one month.
*We are looking for extra help in the coming weeks administering market surveys to customers. These surveys help us with reporting, funding to keep the markets operating, and growing our farmers markets. You can sign up for one shift or every week!

DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING

Data entry
Tuesdays, flexible time
We need a few dedicated, consistent volunteers to help keep up with data entry. You can come every week or every other week as long as you can commit to a longer-term opportunity. Computer skills are necessary, and volunteers will be trained on the use of GiftWorks – our donor and volunteer database. Background checks may be necessary, and confidentiality agreements are required.

Social media
Flexible
We’re looking for one or two people to spend a few hours a week helping with social media postings. This is a perfect opportunity for a high school or college student, or someone looking to beef up their resume. Writing samples will need to be provided, and a long-term commitment is required. Volunteers will be trained by staff, and will need to maintain regular communication with the staff member(s) they’re working with.

Outreach
Flexible
Do you have a few hours to spare or a group that needs a one-time task? We can almost always use help distributing flyers, postcards, or posters to local residents and businesses.

Photography
Flexible
We’re always looking for professional quality photos and videos of our events, spaces, markets, programs, and more! Whether you’re just starting out or have 20 years of experience, we would greatly appreciate your help.

During your time volunteering with Growing Hope, you’ll be imparted with knowledge and skills that are valuable to both future employers and the local economy. Growing Hope’s Learn & Serve events education workshops are combined with service work. Growing Hope appreciates every second that us volunteered to help us work toward our mission, and we cannot thank all of our volunteers enough for their generous donations of time, skills, knowledge, and positive attitudes.

DTE2016 Volunteerism at Growing Hope is sponsored
by a generous grant from the DTE Energy Foundation.

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