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. Indoor Winter Farmers Market
Dates and Times: Tuesdays, Setup 2-3pm, Tear-down 7-8pm
Location: The ABC Microbrewery (formerly known as the Corner Brewery) 720 Norris St. Ypsilanti
Description: Wondering how you’ll find locally grown fresh produce during the winter months? Help out at the winter market and see year-round, increased local food access in action! Growing Hope needs volunteers to help with a variety of tasks ranging from: set-up, customer counting, and tear-down. 
 
2. Indoor Winter Farmers Market Produce Assistant
Dates and Times: Tuesdays, 2:30-7:30pm
Location: The ABC Microbrewery (formerly known as the Corner Brewery) 720 Norris St. Ypsilanti
Description: Help our Farm Manager pack up and transport produce and supplies to our indoor market, open throughout November. Help staff the Growing Hope produce stand and interact with farmers market shoppers! No experience necessary. We can cover all appropriate training.
 
Get Dirty! Farm Volunteer Shifts:
 
1. Produce Harvest
Dates and Times: Tuesdays, 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. Hands on in the Farm
Dates and Times: Mon. & Fri., 10am-12pm and Thurs., 3pm-5pm 
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!
 
3. 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!
 
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.
 
Outreach and Development
 
1. Holiday Catalog Distribution 
Dates and Times: Mondays-Fridays, Dec. 1st-Dec. 10th
Location: Growing Hope Center and Surrounding Areas
Description: Explore the Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor area by distributing holdiay catalogs for Growing Hope! Pick-up you supplies at the GH Center and deliver catalogs to designated locations.
 
2. 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!
 
Special Events
 
1. Kindlefest Wine Tasting
Dates and Times: Friday, Dec. 5th between 5:30 and 8:30pm
Location: Ann Arbor's Kerrytown Shops
Description: Finally, the chance to combine your love for wine with your love for Growing Hope is here! For our volunteers 21 years or older, help us with bartending, serving, set-up, and clean-up at our wine tasting fundraiser. Mingle with some of Washtenaw County's finest while supporting local businesses and sampling great wines!

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

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