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 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. January GH Learn & Serve: Seed Starting & Indoor Growing (Registration Closed!)
Dates and Times: January 31, 2015 from 1-4pm 
Location: YpsiPlanti Garden Supply Shop (9 S. Adams Street Ypsilanti, MI 48197)
Description: Looking for a fun way to volunteer in your community? Participate in our first ever, monthly Learn & Serve group service day! January's event will be focused on seed starting and indoor growing practices. If you're unable to register for January's Learn & Serve, stay tuned for next month's registration! February's theme: "Seasonal Extension"
Get Dirty on the Farm: 
1. Hands on in the Farm
Dates and Times: Mon. & Fri., 10am-12pm and Thurs., 3pm-5pm 
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!
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. Washer & Dryer Installation Consultation 
Dates and Times: Flexible
Location: Growing Hope Center
Description: Do you have experience with installing home appliances? Growing Hope needs help installing its own washer and dryer. Prior to the installation, we need a volunteer to priovide insight on the equipment and the necessary steps to properly installing the washer and dryer.
3. 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. FM 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. FM Clean-up Support Volunteer(s)
Dates and Times: Mondays & Tuesdays, between 10AM-5:30PM
Location: 9 S. Adams St. Ypsilanti, MI
Description: The end of our 2014 market season is here. During this down time, 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!
2. Data Entry Support Volunteer
Dates and Times: Mondays & Fridays, between 9AM-1PM & Tuesdays-Thursdays, between 9AM-5PM
Location: Growing Hope Center 
Description: Looking for a way to support the GH Urban Farm without getting your hands dirty? Help our Farm Manager clean-up, enter, and organize information in our GH database relating to Seed Starting Squad so we can, more efficiently, track and communicate with participants.
Educational Programs:
1. Garden Leadership Training Assistant
Date: Saturday, February 7th
Shifts: (1) 9AM-1:30PM (2) 1:30PM-5PM
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, signing in attendees, 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