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. Color Run Ypsi Volunteers

Date: June 27th, between 5:40am-2:30pm

Location: Ypsilanti area

Description:Growing Hope has been selected as one of the charitable organizations for The Color Run in Ypsilanti this year! Volunteer recruitment is key for this event. Every volunteer shift that is filled by a Growing Hope volunteer (the best volunteers on Earth) results in a $40 donation from The Color Run directly to Growing Hope. Interested in volunteering? Sign up for one or more shifts and become a Growing Hope volunteer at the Color Run Ypsi here!
Get Dirty on the Farm!
1. Farm Workdays
Dates & Times: Mon.  3-5pm and Tues. & Fri.  10-12pm
Location: The Growing Hope Center
Description:  Great for individual and group volunteers. Come prepared to work outdoors!  Wear close-toed shoes and clothes that you can get dirty.  Every day is different! Get your hands dirty planting in the hoop house, preparing outdoor garden beds, transplanting seedlings, moving compost, harvesting for the farmers market, and/or help with site maintenance.  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. Friday, Saturday & Sunday Evening Hoop House Caretaker
Dates and Times: Fridays, between  5-7pm
Location: The Growing Hope Center 
Description: We need a trustworthy, dedicated volunteer who can make a regular  Friday commitment. This 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 1-2 hours and all training can be provided prior to starting your  Saturday shift.
Lend a (handy) Hand!
1. Kitchen Back Splash Tiling  Volunteer
Dates & Times: Flexible
Location: The 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 back splash 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 supplies will be provided. 
2. Lawn Care Volunteer(s) 
Dates & Times: Weekly/Flexible
Location: The Growing Hope Center 
Description: Interested in offering your lawn mowing services? Help keep the Growing Hope Center beautiful by taking a few hours to mow our grass once a week, or as often as you are able. All materials are provided. Just show up and be prepared to cut grass from 1-2 hours.

3. Gas Line Install for Dryer

Dates & 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.


Support our Farmers Markets!
1. Downtown Ypsi Market Support Volunteers

Dates & Times: Tuesdays from 2-3pm and/or from 7-8pm

Location: 16 S. Washington St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Description: Do you love Ypsilanti Farmers Markets? Volunteer with our exceptional market team and show how much you love Ypsi markets. GH needs volunteers to help with set-up and tear down at every Tuesday market. Volunteers will be asked to help with tents, tables, and chairs.


2. Depot Town Market Support Volunteers

Dates & Times: Saturdays from 8-9am and/or from 1-2pm

Location: 100 Rice St. Ypsilanti (in the plaza)

Description: Do you love Ypsilanti Farmers Markets? Volunteer with our exceptional market team and show how much you love Ypsilanti markets. Growing Hope needs volunteers to help with set-up and tear down at every Saturday market. Volunteers will be asked to help with tents, tables, and chairs.

Development and Marketing!  
1. Capital Campaign Support Volunteers
Dates & Times:  Flexible
Location:  The Ypsilanti area and more!
Description:  Are you interested in learn about ways to help Growing Hope grow? Ask about ways to help with our Capitol Campaign by emailing volunteer@growinghope.net! Volunteers can help with promotional items, solicitations, and spreading general information about our organization. This campaign is a two part fundraiser for Growing Hope to not only develop enough funds to cover renovations and construction for a year-round market place, but also to develop a strong working capitol for day-to-day functions. Learn More Here!
Youth and Garden Programs!
1. Seed 2 Plate Support Volunteer(s)

Dates & Times: Weekdays

Location: TBD

Description: Are you interested in working with youth? Do you enjoy teaching kids about nutrition and healthy cooking? Apply to be a Youth Program Volunteer! Submit your volunteer registration (if you haven't already) and complete a background check with Kat Krupsky, Volunteer Coordinator, prior to serving with youth. Once materials are cleared, assist our Youth Program Coordinator with weekly Seed 2 Plate nutrition education classes at local Ypsilanti schools. 

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:

Let's Grow Together (June 2015)

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