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Volunteer

 

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!

Current Opportunities

Long-Term Opportunities

Long-term Farm
Wednesdays, 9am-12pm
Become part of the farm team by committing to at least 2 months (8 weeks) of service on the Growing Hope Urban Farm. All long-term volunteers will go through training on proper food safety to be allowed to work in designated farm areas where food is growing for sale. Some farming or gardening knowledge or experience preferred, but not necessary.
We have a limited number of slots, and we are full for our May orientation. To get onto the waiting list, or to sign up for the June orientation, please email volunteer@growinghope.net.

Ypsilanti Farmers Markets
Tuesdays, 3-7pm – Downtown at 16 S Washington Street
Saturdays, 9am-1pm – Depot Town
The Ypsilanti Farmers Markets, run by Growing Hope, start the first week of May. Volunteers are only expected to volunteer at one of the two markets – Downtown or Depot Town. 
Market volunteers count and greet customers; gain understanding of seasonal fruits and veggies to explain to market customers; work with vendors, community members, and Growing Hope staff; provide customers with information about how to access food assistance at markets; help with market logistics; and much more!
Orientations: Tuesday, April 25th 3-4pm OR Saturday, April 20th 9-10am
Longer-term commitments are preferred, but short-term and one-time volunteers will sometimes be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please email volunteer@growinghope.net to sign up for a farmers market orientation.

Weekday Evening and Weekend Watering
Sunday-Saturday evenings; volunteers sign up for one day per week
Help maintain proper watering at the Growing Hope Urban Farm. Our plants need proper care to flourish, and we need your help. Our plants need water at least 3 times per day, especially in the warmer months. If your schedule doesn’t allow you to volunteer during other opportunities, or if you like solo tasks, we’d love to have your help. Watering volunteers will go through a short training and orientation before, or on, their first day.

Join the Garden Install Team!

Growing Hope’s Home Vegetable Garden Program addresses food insecurity in Ypsilanti through empowering qualifying participants to grow their own home gardens. We help install raised bed vegetable gardens (or container gardens) in these homes, and give gardening resources and support throughout the growing season.

The Garden Install Team goes out with a Growing Hope staff person to the Home Vegetable Garden Program participant homes to install and fill the garden beds. Installations will happen from the beginning of May until they are finished (about 4 weeks). Most installations happen Monday through Friday during the day, so install team members should at least have one free day a week available to sign up for installations.

All team members will participate in one of the two hour-long orientation and training days on Friday, April 28th from 2-3PM OR Monday, May 1st from 10-11AM.

If you’re interested in joining the team, or if you have questions about the commitment, please email volunteer@growinghope.net. There are a limited number of volunteer slots for this program.

Drop-in Opportunities

YFMP Work Days
Two Fridays a month, 3-5pm
Check the Growing Hope calendar for dates:
 http://growinghope.net/get-involved/events-calendar/
YFMP Work Days are spent at the Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace in Downtown Ypsilanti at 16 S Washington Street. Typical activities will include trash removal, landscaping and grounds, and other physical projects.
Volunteers should sign up in advance by emailing volunteer@growinghope.net. For day-of registration, please call (734) 786-8401 with as much notice as possible.

Data/Clerical/Cleaning Days
Two or three Tuedsdays a month, 1-4pm
Check the Growing Hope calendar for dates: http://growinghope.net/get-involved/events-calendar/

Join us at Growing Hope Center and help our staff enter data into our database; put together cards, newsletters, calendars, mailings, or other similar clerical work; and help us maintain a clean office space. If you have a laptop that has a remote desktop application and you’re willing to use it for volunteering, please bring it with you. We have a very limited amount of computers available to use.
Volunteers should sign up in advance by emailing volunteer@growinghope.net. No day-of registration.

Drop-in Farm Days
Thursdays, 10am-1pm
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 volunteer@growinghope.net. Please register by 5PM on the preceding business day, but earlier registration is appreciated.

Specialized Skill Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Veggie Gram Team!
Flexible, on-call
What’s a Veggie Gram, you ask? Veggie Grams are a group of people dressed as veggies who will sing, dance, and be one with their veggie suit as they deliver an in-person message for someone who has rented a Veggie Gram from Growing Hope. We’re looking for volunteers who are outgoing, friendly, possibly multi-talented, and definitely spunky! If you don’t have the time to volunteer on the regular, but you still want to be involved, help us by joining our for-rent Veggie Gram team. You’ll go through a super short training and join our Veggiemail list to be ready to deliver someone’s special birthday, promotion, anniversary, or otherwise special Veggie Gram!

IT Help
Flexible
Do you have professional IT experience or skills? We’re always looking for help with tech questions around our office. For example, we have some computers that we can’t figure out how to hook up with our printer! If you have some expertise you’d like to give us, please inquire about how to become a Growing Hope volunteer!

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.

Calendar

May 24, 2017
  • Long-term Farm Volunteer Day
    May 24, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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May 25, 2017
May 27, 2017
  • Farmers Market Volunteering
    May 27, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Ypsilanti Farmers Market Depot Town, 400-698 Rice St, Ypsilanti, MI 48198, USA
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May 30, 2017
  • Data/Clerical/Cleaning Volunteer Day
    May 30, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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  • Farmers Market Volunteering
    May 30, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace, 16 S Washington St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, USA
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