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. Chefs in the Garden Support Volunteers

Dates: Sunday, October 18th

Shifts: (1) set-up from 11-3:30pm (2) serving and tear-down from 3-7pm 

(3) clean-up crew from 6:30-8pm

Location: The Growing Hope Center

Description: Finally, the events you've all been waiting for are here! The 2015 Chefs in the Garden season is in progress and we need volunteers like YOU to make this season a success! Chefs in the Garden is a fun, exciting, and memorable garden party series hosted by Growing Hope on the GH Urban farm. During these events, we invite local, well-known chefs to whip up a spectacular creation in the kitchen, using locally and seasonally inspired ingredients. Like all Growing Hope events, volunteers are a must! At Chefs, we ask volunteers to help with tasks such as set up, serving, washing dishes, and event tear down. For more information and to sign up for one of our three volunteer shifts, please follow the following link: October Chefs in the Garden Registration Form


Get Dirty on the Farm!
1. Farm Workdays 
Dates & Times: Mon & Wed. 10am-12pm & 3-5pm and 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. Evening Hoop House Caretaker
Dates & Times: Everyday between  5-7pm
Location: The Growing Hope Center 
Description: We need a trustworthy, dedicated volunteer who can make a regular weekly 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 shift.  
3. Perry School Garden Support
Dates & TimesThursdays from 1-3pm
Location: 550 Perry St., Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Description: We need volunteers to help out with weeding the Perry School Garden and prepping it to be planted. Help get this garden ready to become an educational tool! 
Lend a (handy) Hand!
1. Rain Barrel Maker

Dates & Times: TBA

Location: 9 S. Adams St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197 

Description:  Join us at the YpsiPlanti Garden Supply shop to assemble a few rain barrel kits to be sold in the shop. Offer your handy skills in exchange for an opportunity to learn how to construct your very own rain barrel and a small discount on your very own rain barrel if you choose to purchase one. This job should only take 1-2 hours to complete.

2. 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. MarketPlace Reno Volunteers
Dates & Times: Fridays from 9-12pm
Location: S. Adams St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Description: Would you like to help with the transformation of a warehouse into a year-round, indoor Farmers Market? We need volunteers to help with the renovation of GH's future FarmersMarket Place. Volunteers will be needed to help out with prepping walls, painting, and cleaning up the warehouse. Your work will go towards ensuring access to local, healthy food in Ypsilanti year-round! 
2. 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.

3. 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. Photographer

Dates & Times: Flexible

Location: Varies

Description: We are looking for experienced or amateur photographers to help us document special events such as educational workshops, farmers markets, and fundraisers. Gain experience in event photography and help showcase all the events and programs going on at Growing Hope!


2. Development Data Entry

Dates & Times: During Offices Hours

Location: The Growing Hope Center

Description: We are looking for a person who would be available to come in once or twice a week to help with donor-related data entry. The ideal candidate is relatively computer savvy, has data entry or database experience, and is available to come in consistently.

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