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 Ann Arbor Brewing Company (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, 2-7:30pm
Location: The Ann Arbor Brewing Company (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: M,Th, or F, 10am-12pm and 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!
4. GHC Weeding
Dates and Times: Mon-Fri, between 9am-5pm
Location: Growing Hope Center/Farm
Description: Help us win the battle against weeds at the GH Center. Clear the path way behind our hoop house and keep the front of our GH offices weed-free and beautiful. Wear comfy clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Necessary materials will be provided—just come ready to pull some weeds!
Events and Development:

1. Wayne Farmers Market Halloween Event - Wednesday, October 29th
Location: The Wayne Farmers Market (3355 S. Wayne Rd. Wayne, MI)
Description: Help Growing Hope close out the Wayne Farmers Market with a memorable Halloween celebration! Pick up so great seasonal produce while helping with this festive event! We will need volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks ranging from market set-up to check-in for the children's costume contest. We invite you to follow this link to sign-up for one or more volunteer shifts: Wayne FM Halloween Event Volunteer Registration
2. 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: Film Series Volunteer Registration

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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