5 Ways to Give Back on Giving Tuesday


Roots & Shoots youth never need a special day on the calendar for giving – They give their attention to causes they care about all year round! From standing up for National Parks to helping the homeless in their communities to pledging to reduce their animal product consumption, Roots & Shoots youth do it all — for people, other animals, and the environment we share.

But on the biggest giving day of the year, it could be extra good for all to give back in special ways! YOU are the compassionate young people who jump at the opportunity to give a little extra when you can. So if you’re looking for a way to honor Giving Tuesday with your Roots & Shoots group or your friends/family, here are some ideas:

Give Some Time
Use a few minutes to take action on an issue that you care about! Roots & Shoots 1-Click Actions are designed to deliver big impact in no time…each one takes 30 minutes or less. Donate food and help combat food deserts, call your representatives regarding the Endangered Species Act, or pledge to protect oceans and so much more

Do a 1-Click

Give Some Talent
You may already be leading your own service projects but what other projects and charitable initiatives are going on in your community? Contact the organizers and see if they could use someone with your specific skill set. Or, tell them about your group and your work and see if you can combine your efforts for an upcoming project.

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Give Some Kindness
This one is easy. Go out of your way today to make someone smile. Write and send a card, call a relative, or help a neighbor. (Level up by doing a few things!)

Give Some Inspiration
Invite one new person to join you for your next Roots & Shoots project. Tell them why you’re taking action on an issue and perhaps you’ll inspire them to start a project to address an issue that’s important to them.

Give Some Support
Protecting great apes and their habitats depends on the support of individuals around the world who believe in Dr. Jane’s work and share her hope for the future. On #GivingTuesday, you can support the Jane Goodall Institute’s work and help give chimpanzees (like Wounda and her baby Hope, below) a second chance. 


The Jane Goodall Institute is a global community conservation organization that advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall. By protecting chimpanzees and inspiring people to conserve the natural world we all share, we improve the lives of people, animals and the environment. Everything is connected—everyone can make a difference.

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About Author

Adrienne earned a master of science degree in anthrozoology (the study of human-animal interactions) from Canisius College in 2014 where she also completed her undergraduate studies in political science. She has worked with the Jane Goodall Institute's youth program, Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots since 2011. Adrienne has served for the past two years as their Program Coordinator. In addition, she has been involved with TEDxBuffalo, WNY's independently organized TEDx event, since 2012 and served as the director of the event in 2014 and 2015.