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 a little cleaner and help out in our offices or at the Ypsilanti Farmers Markets, 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:
 
Food and People! Farmers Market Shifts:
 
1. Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers Market
Dates and Times: Tuesdays, Setup 1-2:30pm, Tear-down 6-7:30pm
Location: Downtown Market: Ferris Street, between Adams and Hamilton
Description: Volunteers at the market will help set up all the key pieces of running an exciting and successful market, including tents and tables, and other components of the well-oiled market machine. No experience necessary, volunteers should be comfortable with some moderate physical activity. A fun easy way to start or end your market shopping visit, add an hour of support before or after you shop! Many hands make a great market! Come be part of one of Ypsi's greatest features!

2. Wayne Farmers Market
Dates and Times: Wednesdays through October, Setup 2-3:30, Tear-down 7-8pm
Location: 3355 S. Wayne Road, Wayne, MI 
Description:  Volunteers at the market will help set up all the key pieces of running an exciting and successful market, including tents and tables, and other components of the well-oiled market machine. No experience necessary, volunteers should be comfortable with some moderate physical activity. Growing Hope is honored to be contracted to manage the Wayne market and extend our expertise to another great community, great opportunity for evenings, or for those closer to the Wayne area!

3. Depot Town Farmers Market
Dates and Times: Saturdays, Setup 8-9am, Tear-down 1-2pm
Location: Depot Town Market, 100 Rice Street
Description: Volunteers at the market will help set up all the key pieces of running an exciting and successful market, including tents and tables, and other components of the well-oiled market machine. No experience necessary, volunteers should be comfortable with some moderate physical activity. A fun easy way to start or end your WEEKEND market shopping visit, add an hour of support before or after you shop! Many hands make a great market! Come be part of one of Ypsi's greatest features!
 
Get Dirty! Farm Volunteer Shifts:
 
1. Produce Harvest
Dates and Times: Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: Growing Hope Center/Farm
Description: Come prepared to work outdoors! Wear close-toed shoes and clothes that can get dirt. You can expect to assist our Farm Manager, Jared, with harvesting produce for farmers markets and wholesale distribution. Exciting to see the fresh, healthy food coming right off our urban farm!
 
2. Downtown Farmers Market Assistant
Dates and Times: Tuesdays, starting 8/19, 1:30-6:30pm
Location: Growing Hope Center/Farm, Downtown Ypsi Farmers Market
Description: Help Jared, our Farm Manager, pack up produce and supplies to transport to market, help staff the market booth, and interact with farmers market shoppers. No experience necessary, we'll cover appropriate training.   A fun afternoon of interacting with Ypsi's finest, and an awesome chance to see increased food access in action -- what's better than putting fresh local produce in the hands of some hungry shoppers?!

3. Depot Town Farmers Market Assistant
Dates and Times: Saturdays, starting 8/23, 8am-1:30pm
Location: Growing Hope Center/Farm
Description: Help Jared, our Farm Manager, pack up produce and supplies to transport to market, help staff the market booth, and interact with farmers market shoppers. No experience necessary, we'll cover appropriate training. For the early-bird, or those who are looking for a weekend opportunity, another awesome chance to share the bounty, and put fresh local produce in the hands of our community!

4. Hands on in the Farm
Dates and Times: Flexible, M, W, Th, or F, 9am-5pm. Time commitment is flexible, and dependent on the job. 
Location: Growing Hope Center
Description: Come prepared to work outdoors! This volunteer can expect to assist with planting, weeding, harvesting,watering, organizing tools and seeds, and general farm maintenance. 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!
 
5. Weekend Hoop Caretaker
Dates and Times: Saturdays, 6-7pm (other shifts may come available soon, Saturday mornings, Sunday mornings and evenings)
Location: Growing Hope Center/Farm
Description: This volunteer will help by covering weekend watering shifts so that Growing Hope staff can try to keep working hours under control. Volunteer will work independently after a training meetup with Jared, our Farm Manager, and follow a checklist of items including watering plants in the hoop house, plant starts on the farm, and container gardens near the front entrance. No experience necessary, we'll cover appropriate training. Fun and peaceful weekend opportunities, help us "take care of the kids" while we get some much needed weekend rest!
 
Events and Development:

1. Film screening at GH, "Viva La Causa-the story of Cesar Chavez"- Friday, November 14th
Location: Growing Hope Center/Farm  
Description: Looking for a great idea for a movie night? Join us for a screening of the film Viva La Causa: The Story of Cesar Chavez and a Great Movement for Social Justice. We need volunteers to help set-up our space, make/distribute snacks, and clean-up after the event. Follow this link to register for one or more volunteer shifts: Volunteer Registration 
 
2. Kindlefest Wine Tasting Fundraiser with Everyday Wines - December 5th
Location: Ann Arbor's Kerrytown Shops with Everyday Wines 
Description: Finally, the chance to combine your love for wine with your love for Growing Hope is here! For volunteers 21 years or older, help us with bartending, serving, set-up, and take-down at our wine tasting fundraiser. Mingle with some of Washtenaw County's finest while supporting local businesses and sampling great wines!
 

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