Plant with us

Every community we work in is directly impacted by environmental injustice. Through our “Environmental Justice Is Social Justice” ONE buildOn project, we are aiming to explore why marginalized communities bear a disproportionate share of negative environmental consequences.

And, to take our engagement in environmental justice a step further, we are planting with ForestNATION to allow our students and participants to take action by promoting afforestation and biodiversity in underserved communities around the world!

Our Social Responsibility

buildOn is not new to environmentally friendly and socially responsible activities. In each of the U.S. cities where we work, we have strong partnerships with local community gardens, city parks, and sustainably sourced food pantries. We’ve engaged hundreds of high school students, corporate partners, and individuals in park clean-ups, flower seed bomb planting, garden maintenance, and more!

We are committed to taking environmental action and are now pushing members of our ONE buildOn community to up the ante by becoming involved in environmental justice initiatives.

About us

At home or abroad, buildOn’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education. Across the U.S., buildOn empowers urban youth to transform their neighborhoods through service learning and to change the world by building schools in some of the economically poorest countries in the world.

Since 1991, buildOn has empowered more than 2.3 million hours of volunteer service in the U.S. and constructed more than 1,800 schools worldwide, with nearly 250,000 children and adults attending these schools every day. buildOn has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.

haiti tree distribution

Reforesting Haiti

In Haiti we are re-establishing a culture of tree planting with local communities and farmers. Making landowners self-sufficient through agroforestry and educating people about reforestation benefits.

Learn more about this project >

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Tree Kits contain everything you need to grow your own tree at home. USA deliveries only!
Funds for our campaign: Every tree kit purchased will also sponsor a tree kit for buildOn students in the U.S. and support their participation in our “Environmental Justice Is Social Justice” ONE buildOn service project. Together, we can support service-learning for high school students in underserved areas of the Bronx, Boston, Bridgeport, Chicago, Detroit, and Oakland!
You Plant We Plant: Your tree kit purchase will sponsor the planting of 10 total trees. Nine trees will be planted in the buildOn Forest in Tanzania and the remaining tree in one of our villages abroad!
Your Tree Kit Coupon: We'll send you an email with details on how to claim your tree kits and get them delivered to your home. You can name your trees online and earn SEED points to plant even more trees!