Volunteer with Growing Hope!

Thanks for your interest in volunteering with Growing Hope! 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! 

Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator to talk about opportunities by emailing volunteer@growinghope.net.

Volunteer FAQs


Current Opportunities:
Special Events: 
1. Freulingfest Support Volunteers
Date & Time: May 9th from 1-6pm
Location: ABC Microbrewery (720 Norris St. Ypsilanti, MI)
Description: GH is looking for 1-2 volunteers to assist with this exciting event! We will be selling seedlings and assisting with general event support. Volunteers will be asked to help pack up seedlings for sales, set-up the GH table, and assist with tear-down. There will be time to mingle with other vendors as well. For more information about Freulingfest, check out the FB page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1587472064862693/
2. GH Birthday Party Support Volunteers
Date: Saturday, May 23rd
Shifts: (1) 1-3pm and/or (2) 3-6pm
Location: The Growing Hope Center
Description: Help celebrate Growing Hope’s 12th birthday by volunteer at our birthday party!  We’re looking for volunteers who can help with a variety of tasks such as, setting up tables, serving foods, running games, selling raffle tickets, and cleaning up. We need at least 6 volunteers to make this day a success! Sign-up for one of two shifts or stay for the whole event!
3. Learn & Serve with Growing Hope
Date & Time: May 30th from 1-4pm
Location: The Growing Hope Center and Ypsi Area
Description: Join us for our monthly Learn & Serve event, where GH pairs an educational workshop with service work. This month, we will be assisting with the Home Vegetable Garden Installation Program and container gardening workshops. Volunteers will get an opportunity to learn all about this amazing resource GH offers then help with constructing raised beds, loading and dropping compost, and installing raised beds at a participant’s home. For more details and to register, email Kat at volunteer@growinghope.net
Get Dirty on the Farm: 
1. Hands on in the Farm
Dates and Times: Mon. from 3-5pm and Tues. & Fri., 10am-12pm
Location: Growing Hope Center 
Description: This is a year-round opportunity. Come prepared to work outdoors! This volunteer can expect to assist with planting, weeding, harvesting, watering, organizing tools and seeds, and general farm maintenance. Tuesday mornings are primarily dedicated to harvesting for our Tuesday Farmers Market. No experience necessary, we'll cover appropriate training. 
We'd be lost without some extra hands around the farm to help us keep things running smoothly, and keep the farm growing safely and abundantly!
2. Saturday Hoop House Caretaker
Dates: Saturdays before noon OR after 5pm
Location: The Growing Hope Center
Description: We need trustworthy, dedicated volunteer(s) who can make a regular Saturday commitment. These 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 hour and all training can be provided prior to starting your Saturday shift.
3. Spring Garden Bed Prep Volunteers
Dates: Weekdays between 9-5pm
Location: The Growing Hope Center
Description: Great for individual or group volunteers—GH needs help cleaning up the garden beds in the front of the GH Center. Pull weeds, clean-up trash and other debris, and generally beautify these garden beds. Please coordinate ahead to schedule a volunteer appointment, especially for volunteer groups. 
Lend a (handy) Hand:
1. Gas Line Install for Dryer
Dates and Times: Flexible
Location: Growing Hope Center
Description: Are you certified to install gas lines for home appliances and interested in helping out in your community? Help Growing Hope install a gas line in the basement of the GH Center so staff can have a functioning washer and dryer for special events.
2. Kitchen Backsplash Tiling Volunteer(s)
Dates and Times: Flexible
Location: Growing Hope Center
Description: Do you have experience with tiling in your own home? Do you have the attention to detail that is needed for a medium-scale tiling project? GH is looking for an experienced volunteer(s) to tile the backsplash in our kitchen to make it a more beautiful space and one step closer to being a certified commercial kitchen! We can work with your schedule and all supplied will be provided.
Support our Farmers Markets:
1. Downtown Ypsilanti Market Set-up & Tear-down
Dates and Times: Set-up: Tuesdays from 2-3pm, Tear-down: Tuesdays from 7-8pm
Location: 16 S. Washington Street
Description: Do you love farmers markets as much as you love volunteering? Become a market volunteer for a chance to combine both these interests! We need volunteers to ensure our markets success! Help with set-up, tear-down, or both!
2. Depot Town Market Set-up & Tear-down
Dates and Times: Set-up: Saturdays from 8-9am, Tear-down: Saturdays from 1-2pm
Location: 100 Rice Street in Depot Town 
Description: Do you love farmers markets as much as you love volunteering? Become a market volunteer for a chance to combine both these interests! We need volunteers to ensure our markets success! Help with set-up, tear-down, or both!
3. Market Photographer
Dates and Times: Tuesdays, between 3-7pm and/or Saturdays, between 9-1pm
Location: Downtown Ypsilanti and/or Depot Town
Description: Do you have mad photography skills that you'd like to use at the Growing Hope Farmers Markets? GH is looking for a few volunteers to capture all the action happending at our markets. Snap some pictures and send them our way so they can get posted on social media and use to spread the word! Your photos may even be featured in a future edition of "Let's Grow Together"!
1. Bulk Mailing Volunteers
Dates: 5/4-5/8 and 5/11-5/15
Location: Growing Hope Center (922 W. Michigan Ave. Ypsilanti, MI)
Description: GH is in need of volunteers to help with bulk mailings! We can be very flexible with your schedule, but need volunteers over the next two weeks. Assist with address labels, stuffing envelopes, and stamping envelopes for our capital campaign.
Garden Programs:
1. Home Veggie Garden Orientation Support
Dates & Times: May 13th at 6pm, May 16th at 12pm, and May 21st at 1pm
Location: The Growing Hope Center
Description: GH needs 1-2 volunteers to assist with orientations for our Home Vegetable Garden Installation Program. This is a great opportunity for individuals who are interested in nutrition education, have a background in home gardening, and are passionate about healthy food access in their community! All training can be provided, though volunteers with some knowledge in the areas listed above are preferred. 

Join a Committee
Growing Hope Center Planning Team
Growing Hope Finance Committee
Growing Hope Board of Directors
Growing Hope Advisory Board

Check out the latest edition of Let's Grow Together: The GH Volunteer Newsletter below:

GROWING HOPE  |  922 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI  48197 | P.O. Box 980129, Ypsilanti, MI 48198 | Phone: 734-786-8401 | getintouch@growinghope.net