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. February GH Learn & Serve: Expanding your Gardens Growing Season
Dates and Times: February 28th, from 1-4pm 
Location: The Growing Hope Center
Description: Looking for a fun way to volunteer in your community? Participate in this month's Learn & Serve group service day, an event where GH combines an educational workshop with service work! February's event will be focused on expanding your garden's growing season. To Register, please follow this link: February Learn & Serve Registration
*If you missed out on January's Learn & Serve, check out the powerpoint on seed starting we used during our workshop: Starting Seeds PowerPoint
2. Seed Starting Squad Support Volunteers
Dates: Friday, Feb 20th & Saturday, Feb 21st
Shifts: (1) Feb 20th, between 9-5pm (2) Feb 21st, 12-1pm
Location: 9 S. Adams St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Description: Help GH set-up and run the 2015 Seed Starting Squad (SSS)! Volunteers available for Shift 1 will be asked to help with set-up (e.g. arranging tables, sorting materials, cleaning up space) the day before SSS. Volunteers available for Shift 2 will be asked to help with photography, concessions, and clean-up. Please be sure to mention which shift you’re most interested in!
Get Dirty on the Farm: 
1. Hands on in the Farm
Dates and Times: Mon. & 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. However, during the cooler months, farm work typically includes more organizational and clean-up work. 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. Matthaei Greenhouse Caretaker(s)
Dates and Times: Tues. & Thurs., 1pm-4:30pm
Location: Growing Hope Center & Matthaei Botanical Gardens (1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Ann Arbor, MI) 
Description: With the generosity the UM Matthaei Botanical Gardens, GH will be growing seedlings in a heated green house! We need volunteers to help with weekly check-ups on our seedlings where we will water and pot baby plants. Volunteers can meet at the GHC at 1pm and carpool with GH staff or meet us as the Botanical Gardens at 1:30pm. Consistent volunteers are preferred, but we welcome anyone who's interested to join!
Lend a (handy) Hand:
1. Market Team Handyman/Handywoman
Dates and Times: Flexible
Location: 9 S. Adams St. Ypsilanti, MI
Description: Help support Ypsi farmers markets through a variety of off-season handy jobs. These jobs include but are not limited to fixing large tent frames (assess what can and cannot be fixed), fixing market tables (mostly in need of screw adjustments), bolting safety straps into the market trailer, and possibly installing shelving at our Adams St. office.
2. Market Team Seamstress
Dates and Times: Mondays & Tuesdays, between 10AM-5:30PM/Flexible
Location: 9 S. Adams St. Ypsilanti, MI or Off-site
Description: Do you have sewing skills? If so, lend a hand to the GH market team to repair holes in the canopies of tents used at our farmers markets. Bringing your own sewing materials is encouraged. This job can take place on-site or off-site depending on your comfort level.
Maintain the GH Center:
1. Weekend Snow Removal 
Dates and Times: Weekends/Flexible
Location: Growing Hope Center
Description: Help the GH staff keep up with snow removal over the weekends. Use our shovels or bring your own snow blower to clear the pathways, sidewalk, and parking lot during the snowy season.
2. Volunteer Locksmith
Dates and Times: Flexible
Location: Growing Hope Center
Description: Are you a handy-worker? Do you have experience as a Locksmith? GH needs a volunteer to help update locks at the GH Center. All necessary materials will be provided. 
Support Ypsi Farmers Markets:
1. Farmers Market Data Entry Support Volunteer
Dates and Times: Mondays & Tuesdays, between 10AM-5:30PM
Location: 9 S. Adams St. Ypsilanti, MI
Description: Assist the market team with important data entry! Enter the results of vendor surveys and update vendor information in our GH database.
2. Farmers Market Clean-up Support Volunteer(s)
Dates and Times: Mondays & Tuesdays, between 10AM-5:30PM
Location: 9 S. Adams St. Ypsilanti, MI
Description: Before the 2015 market season begins, the GH market team needs assistance with a variety of important tasks! These tasks may include organizing totes of market supplies, washing tent canopies, and wiping down tables and chairs from the outdoor market season.
Development & Organization:
1. GH Calendar Sales Volunteer
Dates and Times: Flexible
Location: Growing Hope Center and Surrounding Areas
Description: Help sell our beautiful 2015 Growing Hope Calendar! Take a stack to sell to friends, family, and businesses. Help your friends stay organized in the New Year while raising funds for Growing Hope!
Educational Programs:
1. Garden Leadership Training Assistant
Date: Saturday, March 7th
Location: Growing Hope Center 
Description: Assist Growing Hope with our annual Garden Leadership Training (GLT)! We need 1-2 volunteers to help with setting-up, preparing lunch, passing out handouts, and cleaning-up. This is a great opportunity to meet future community garden leaders from your local area!

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