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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

YpsiTasty
Tuesday, July 25th
YpsiTasty is a chance for food lovers to enjoy the best locally grown food and beverages Ypsilanti restaurants have to offer. This is the perfect event for the business community to explore the town! YpsiTasty is a joint venture and local food celebration to support the mission of the A2Y Chamber and Growing Hope.
Volunteers will assist with check-in, directing folks through town and to trolleys, and more! Expect more details to follow about jobs and shifts, but please let us know if you’re interested by emailing volunteer@growinghope.net.

Hoop House Happy Hour
Thursday, July 27th – 5-7pm
Hoop House Happy Hour brings together some of Growing Hope’s biggest supporters for an evening of beverages, tasty bites of food, and music, all while enjoying the beauty and serenity of Growing Hope Urban Farm.
We will need a few volunteers to help with food, set-up, and teardown. Expect more details to follow about jobs and shifts, but please let us know if you’re interested by emailing volunteer@growinghope.net.

Long-Term Opportunities

Long-term Farm
JULY ORIENTATION ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 19TH
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, so sign up today for our July orientation by emailing 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!

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.

Drop-in Opportunities

Ypsilanti Farmers Marketplace Work Days
July dates:
Monday, July 17th 2-5pm
Monday, July 24th 2-5pm
Ypsilanti Farmers Marketplace 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
Flexible Times
Are you interested in helping out at Growing Hope, but farming and gardening aren’t the right fit for you? We always need volunteers who are ready and willing to help with data entry, data collection, surveys, outreach, and clerical work. The projects vary, but we always need the help! Inquire to find out how and when you can help. 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.

Farm Volunteer Days
Thursdays 10am-1pm
Thursdays 1:30pm-4:30pm
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 volunteer@growinghope.net. Please register by 5PM on the preceding business day, but earlier registration is appreciated.

Outreach Street Teams
Flexible Times
We need help spreading the word about the Ypsilanti Farmers Markets, and other special events. Grab your friends, ask us where we need to take flyers or postcards, and take your team to the streets! Can be done one time or on an ongoing basis.

Mowing
Flexible Times
We’re in need of a volunteer (or two) willing to help us keep our grass mowed this Spring and Summer! Once trained, this can be done most days of the week, so great for those who like to work outdoors and need a volunteer opportunity outside our normal hours.

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 market@growinghope.net.

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

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. 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

August 24, 2017
August 25, 2017
  • Mobile Farm Stand at Ypsilanti Senior Center
    August 25, 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
    August 25, 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
    August 25, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    Clark East Towers, 1550 E Clark Rd, Ypsilanti Charter Township
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