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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;

DIRTY ON THE FARM

Evening Hoop House Caretaker
Dates & 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 shift.

Open Farm Volunteer Hours
Dates & Times: Wednesdays 10am-Noon, Wednesdays 3-5pm, and Thursdays 3-5pm
Location: 922 W Michigan Ave
Description: Are you interested in helping out on our urban farm? This includes tasks like planting, harvesting, weeding, preparing beds, composting, and much more. It’s hard and dirty work, but it’s more than fulfilling!

LEND A HAND

Carpentry
Dates & Times: Flexible
Location: 16 S Washington
Save the historic blue door at Market Hall:  Attach plywood to one side of door panel for structure, remove door from existing frame, remove existing sub wall, build new sub wall, reposition blue door flush with interior brick wall and attach to frame, install insulation, install new metal panels at exterior of building, apply sealant/waterproofing. An architectural drawing will be provided if needed.

Carpentry
Dates & Times: Flexible
Location: 16 S Washington
Attach siding to wall the wall of our basement produce cooler in YpsiPlanti.

Masonry
Dates & Times: Flexible
Location: 16 S Washington
Tuckpointing at exterior of Market Hall:  A structural engineering report will be provided identifying spots needing attention.

Labor
Dates & Times: Flexible
Location: 16 S Washington
Install new fence at edge of sidewalk on Washington St. This involves digging holes in the ground and setting fence posts in soil with gravel or concrete at the base.

Window Re-glazing
Dates & Times: Flexible
Location: 9 S. Adams St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Description: Skilled volunteers needed to reglaze 50 older warehouse windows in place by carefully removing bad glazing, cleaning the glass and metal frame, applying sealant, and smoothing it off and cutting excess away. Tools and materials will be provided.

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.

DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING

Photographer
Dates & Times: Flexible
Location: Varies
Description: We are looking for experienced or amateur photographers to help us document special events such as educational workshops, farmers markets, and fundraisers. Gain experience in event photography and help showcase all the events and programs going on at Growing Hope!

Bulk Mailing Help
Dates & Times: During Offices Hours
Location: The Growing Hope Center
Description: We need a few volunteers to help prepare mail that will be sent out to potential supporters. This job typically includes stuffing envelopes, labeling, sealing, and placing stamps.

Development Data Entry
Dates & Times: During Offices Hours
Location: The Growing Hope Center
Description: We are looking for a person who would be available to come in once or twice a week to help with donor-related data entry. The ideal candidate is relatively computer savvy, has data entry or database experience, and is available to come in consistently.

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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