Get Involved


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:

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!

Volunteer Opportunities

Special Event Help Needed

Chefs in the Garden – Sunday, October 15th
Setup: 2-4:30 PM
Event help: 4:15-8 PM
Cleanup crew: 8-9:45 PM
Chefs in the Garden is a dinner series that features an artisan-prepared meal by notable regional chefs, delicious beer and wines, and show-stopping desserts. Guests and volunteers enjoy the beauty of late summer and early fall on our working urban farm in the heart of Ypsilanti.

Volunteers for the event will assist chefs, sign in guests, pass around appetizers, serve drinks, serve guests all meal courses, bus tables, clean dishes, and assist with tearing the event down. It’s a fun event filled with smiling faces and happy bellies. Volunteers are served any of the courses they wish to eat after all guests have been served. Come have a great time with great people, and eat great food!

Ypsilanti Farmers Markets Volunteer Opportunities

Ypsilanti Farmers Markets 
Tuesdays, 3-7pm – Downtown at 16 S Washington Street
Saturdays, 9am-1pm – Depot Town
We’re always looking to add more awesome volunteers to our Farmers Market team!  Volunteers are only expected to volunteer at one of the two markets – Downtown or Depot Town. Longer-term commitments are preferred, but short-term and one-time volunteers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Market Greeter & Counter
We’re looking for volunteers who enjoy a laidback, community atmosphere interested in coming every, or every other, Tuesday from 3-7pm. These volunteers are often the first point of contact people have when arriving to the Ypsilanti Farmers Markets, and our customers love to be greeted with a smile. In addition, counting customers is important data for both internal and external market purposes to help us make important business decisions and report to funders about the strength of our markets.

Survey Administration
It’s market survey season, and we need some help asking our customers important questions about the farmers markets. If you’re extroverted and enjoy a laidback, community atmosphere, this is a great opportunity for you! If you’re trying to fulfill hours for a requirement, this is also a great way to get consistent hours in each week.

Delivery of Produce Donation

Saturdays before 11:00am

Help us make sure our leftover produce is getting donated and eaten locally! A volunteer is needed to pick up produce from our downtown Ypsilanti produce cooler, and deliver to Hope Clinic on Spring Street in Ypsilanti before they close at 11am.

Must have a reliable vehicle with air conditioning, valid driver’s license, and should be able to commit through at least the end of November.

Music @ the Markets
Would you like to display your musical (or artistic) talents at the Ypsilanti Farmers Markets? We’d love to have you! Get more information at

Marketplace Renovation Volunteer Opportunities

Painting and Priming
Thursday, October 5th – All day (inquire to schedule a time to come)
Friday, October 6th – All day (inquire to schedule a time to come)
Thursday, October 12th – All day (inquire to schedule a time to come)
We have beautiful new drywall in our Marketplace, and it needs to be painted and primed before bathroom fixtures go in. We’re looking for volunteers willing to get dirty and help us complete this project on time. No painting experience necessary, only a willingness to work hard!
Painting HVAC Unit
Our new HVAC unit needs a face lift to match our beautiful marketplace space. This project requires use of a scissor lift, but we will provide on-site training and supervision. The scissor lift can only fit 1-2 people, so this is a great project for an individual or pair. Must be 18+. Can be scheduled around your availability.
Marketplace Event Preparation

Tuesday, October 24th – All day (inquire to schedule a time to come)
Wednesday, October 25th – All day (inquire to schedule a time to come)

After the beautiful new floors get installed in the Marketplace, we need help with quick turnaround to prepare for an event. Great if you’re looking for a one time opportunity, or you’re interested in seeing some of the amazing progress in our marketplace space!

Growing Hope Urban Farm Volunteer Opportunities

Farm Volunteer Days
*Thursdays 10am-1pm

Saturdays 9am-12pm

Come help out on the Growing Hope Urban Farm by helping maintain grounds, garden beds, flowers, compost, and much more. Volunteers should sign up in advance by emailing Please register by 5PM on the preceding business day, but earlier registration is appreciated.

Farm volunteer days are also open to groups from corporations, schools, religious organizations, etc. Please make sure to inquire with our volunteer coordinator to learn about scheduling groups.

Thursday Farm Volunteer Days are only scheduled through the end of October
Hoop House Electrical for Fans
We’re upgrading our hoop houses for better growing all year round! Part of that upgrade requires new fans to be hooked up to existing electrical. Have electrical skills/certification? Let us know and we’d be happy to work around your schedule.
Beautify our farm with your artistic skills
As part of our strategic plan, we’re creating an even more interactive space on Growing Hope Urban Farm, which will include more educational signage in all farm spaces. If you enjoy painting, we’d love your help bringing a bright, artistic flare to our space.
If you’re interested, we’d be happy to work with your schedule. Please expect to provide samples of previous art.
Sunday Hoop House Watering
Starting the first week of November, we’ll need help weekly on Sundays watering the over-winter crops and herbs in our hoop house. We’d ideally like to recruit 2-4 people to rotate weeks and be on-call backup. If you find watering plants peaceful, and enjoy working on your own, this is a great opportunity for you!

We’ll be training our new watering volunteers throughout the month of October. Please inquire with questions, or with interest.

Specialized Skill Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for volunteers with expertise in the following areas:
Pruning fruit trees
Adobe oven repair
Repairing the front fascia of our Ypsiplanti store

Do you have a skill you want to share?
If you have a skill or passion that you think would benefit Growing Hope, we’d love to know!


October 20, 2017
  • Mobile Farm Stand at Ypsilanti Senior Center
    October 20, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Ypsilanti Senior Citizens Center, 1015 N Congress St, Ypsilanti
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  • Mobile Farm Stand at Towner Human Services Courtyard
    October 20, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Courtyard of the Towner Human Service Center, 555 Towner Street
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  • Mobile Farm Stand at Clark East Towers
    October 20, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    Clark East Towers, 1550 E Clark Rd, Ypsilanti Charter Township
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October 24, 2017
  • Volunteer shift: Marketplace Event Preparation
    October 24, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    16 S Washington St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, USA
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  • Harvest Day at YFMP
    October 24, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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