RFH Roots & Shoots Update!

As a Roots & Shoots group, we focus on engaging youth to care for the environment, animals, and the community. As determined by our group members, each of our ongoing projects reflects one of those aspects:

Environment:
On March 22nd, we completed the 2nd revegetation of Evergreen Park’s woods since we adopted it in 2010. We planted 50 Fir trees and 50 Alders in place of the invasive Himalayan Blackberry that dominates much of the woods.

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Animals:dog walking
Every week, members of our group volunteer to walk dogs at the OFOSA animal shelter in Aloha. About 8-10 rescued dogs get long walks to a nearby park within the 2 hours we are there.

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Community:
Also on March 22nd, we celebrated both World Water Day and Dr. Jane Goodall’s 80th birthday with an H2Origami outreach party, and a reading of “Me…Jane” by Patrick McDonnell. We folded about 60 pieces of origami.

Interested in joining the fun? Meet us at our next project in the woods of Evergreen Park to celebrate this Earth Day or contact us at rootsnshoots@resourcesforhealth.org for information about the group! You can find more details about our upcoming projects on our events calendar.

H2Origami for World Water Day!

HOST AN H2ORIGAMI FOLDING PART!
Folding parties for World Water Day will take place on the weekend of March 21st.IMG_0283

H2Origami is an ongoing campaign that uses art (namely, origami) made from natural and recycled materials to raise awareness about water issues and to advocate for clean and healthy waterways for people and wildlife. You can be a part of H2Origami this World Water Day by hosting an origami folding party!  Just follow the H2Origami’s Action Plan in six simple steps:

LEARN about a water related cause or issue. Try searching the internet for: bottled water, fracking, water privatization, oil spills, drinking water access, invasive species, habitat destruction, plastic in the ocean, local waterway pollution, etc. Chose an issue you are passionate about, perhaps related to a local waterway near your home or school.
CONNECT with members of your community by hosting a folding party.
FOLD origami for your cause.
WRITE on your origami to convey you message.
SHARE your origami messages with your family, school, community, and/or political leaders. You might consider sending your origami messages with a letter to your local government, or create a origami display at your school or library.
IMPLEMENT change to reflect the cause you’re folding for, and encourage others to do the same!

Are you ready to fold for water this World Water Day? Check out our map of events to see if there’s a folding party near you! Are you interested in hosting your own folding party? Just fill out the simple application here!

What’s Happening Lately

For MLK day, our Roots & Shoots group removed invasive blackberry from the woods of 100_2837 (Mikal & tree)Evergreen Park (our adopted park) with help from Kaiser Permanente employees.
On the 1st of February, our group planted trees and shrubs with Friends of Trees at Fanno Creek. 100_2854 (3 dogs)

We have also been walking and socializing dogs weekly at OFOSA in Beaverton.

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Our program Wheel Solutions helped the Rotary Club of Portland-Westside deliver care packages to families in need for the 5th annual Kinnaman Elementary School Food & Toy Drive.

Interested in joining the fun? Check out our events calendar to see what events are coming up, and our Roots & Shoots page for more information about our group!

The H2Origami Documentary is Here!

Youth directed and produced – the H2Origami documentary is finally here! Please watch and share this inspirational film with friends, family, and groups to help spread the word about the fight against Nestlé in Oregon and the H2Origami campaign worldwide.

Interested in starting a H2Origami project of your own to protect water? Follow the six simple steps we took in our efforts against Nestlé – starting with LEARN.