Give the Gift of Good Through Meaningful Local Projects

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2020 has been a tough year. We have suffered immeasurable losses and celebrated hard-fought wins. We have taken action for our communities and worked to pioneer new ways to stay connected to those we love. At Roots & Shoots, we are so proud of the way our network of changemakers have met global problems with compassionate traits!  

As we reach the end of the year, a time when people often celebrate and give thanks to those around them, we thank you for your resilience and compassion throughout 2020. Roots & Shoots members continue to use their voice, talents, and interests to take action on social and environmental issues that matter.  This is what makes Roots & Shoots so special – a dedication to the people, other animals, and the planet we share. So, this year why not give the gift of good?   

This year end, show the people in your life how much they mean to you by doing changemaking community projects that make the world better for your network and the world. If you haven’t started a project with Roots & Shoots, you can right away! Anything you’re passionate about can be something you turn into a project – maybe even something the person you’re gifting to cares about, too! We’ve got tons of tools and resources including our 4-Step Formula to create your project to make doing it simple and fun. And by becoming a member for FREE you can register your profile creating your own special landing page and link to share as part of your gift.  

If you’re already a youth member, or an educator, and you’ve started your project, now is your chance to complete it on rootsandshoots.org to give to someone special – maybe even just as a gift to yourself and the world!  It certainly is our favorite gift of all. 😊 

To demonstrate how easy and meaningful Roots & Shoots projects can be, we’re sharing the story of NYLC member Maddy G., and her mission to give the gift of good this holiday season! 

Maddy is a sophomore from Los Angeles, California. This is her first year on the National Youth Leadership Council. Throughout the year, Maddy has worked to install beehives in her community and educate other young people about protecting pollinators. However, as Roots & Shoots is all about understanding and observing your community (Step 2 of the 4-Step Formula) to see what problems you can help with, this December she also wanted to make a difference for the people in her community who have been seriously affected by Covid-19.  

Maddy teamed up with her school to help organize a contactless donation drive for Maryvale Orphanage. The orphanage, which serves families and supports children in Maddy’s hometown of LA needs basic supplies after having to close their donation centers due to Covid-19. By being resilient, Maddy was able to adapt her project plans to safely meet the needs of her community during these challenging times.  

Join Maddy in being a #rschangmemaker by giving the #rsgiftofgood just like she has! You can help by supporting and spreading the word about Maddy’s project, tagging @rootsandshoots.

Adaptability and resilience are two core Compassionate Traits of Roots & Shoots. If 2020 has shown us anything hopeful, it is how young people are adapting and demonstrating resilience by leading efforts to help others despite serious challenges. Together, with each of us making a difference, we can build a brighter 2021.

Want to get started on your own project to help in your community and give the gift of good?  Check out our FAQ page to answer any questions about signing up, creating your project profile, getting started and more!


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Neuveaux Williams began her career in the nonprofit field because she is driven to create community-based change. She is proud to be an intersectional environmentalist and committed to finding equitable solutions to address the world's most pressing issues. Neuveaux currently works with Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots as a program assistant where she supports members, develops resources, and empowers young people around the country.