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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!

Volunteer Opportunities

Special Event Help Needed

Sweet Appreciations
Thursday, November 16th
2-3:45pm Setup
4-6pm Station staffing/pouring/keep things tidy
6-8pm Cleanup

Growing Hope is going to be appreciating some of the major donors who have helped us on our way to completing the Ypsilanti Farmers Marketplace Hall by hosting an event in the almost completed space. We are in need of a few folks to help set the event up, assist with checking in guests, tending the bar, and cleaning up after the event is over.
Please email Michael at volunteer@growinghope.net for more information, or to sign up to volunteer.

Single Shift Volunteer Opportunities

Ypsilanti Farmers Market Indoors at Marketplace Hall
Downtown at 16 S Washington Street
Every Tuesday 3-7pm, November 7 through December 19
Second Tuesdays 3-7pm, January-April
We’re always looking to add more awesome volunteers to our Farmers Market team, especially for our indoor season! 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!
Longer-term commitments are preferred, but short-term and one-time volunteers will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please email volunteer@growinghope.net to schedule a farmers market volunteer orientation.

Farm Volunteer Days
Saturdays 9am-12pm (No volunteer day on 12/23 or 12/30)

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.
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.

Handy Help Volunteer Opportunities

Marketplace Renovation Details
Schedule with Volunteer Coordinator
There are a lot of little details left to completing our Marketplace Hall, and a lot of them are projects for volunteers!  The projects include: painting doors, putting together kitchen tables and small equipment, cleaning kitchen equipment, and more!

Rain Garden Revitalizations
Schedule with Volunteer Coordinator
The rain garden by our parking lot has been neglected for some time. We need someone with the skills and knowledge to help us get it back into shape! This could be consulting, doing the actual physical work, or a combination of both.
Electric for Hoop Houses
Schedule with Volunteer Coordinator
Our hoop house has new vents and fans, but we need some help installing them. Someone with carpentry skills is needed for installation, and someone with electrical skills is needed to hook up the fan.

Carpentry Projects

Schedule with Volunteer Coordinator
We have basic design concepts and materials for all projects. Some of the projects are:
  • Build sawhorse style legs for propagation tables
  • Build new base/legs for double-sided wash pack sink
  • Build heated propagation table for seedling trays

Specialized Skill Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for volunteers with expertise in the following areas:
Pruning fruit trees
Adobe oven repair
Repairing the front, brick 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!

Calendar

January 20, 2018
April 14, 2018
October 25, 2018
November 5, 2018
  • International Volunteer Managers Day
    November 5, 2018
    http://volunteermanagersday.org/
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