Your support helps transform lives.
Root’s 12-week, 200-hour program of direct kitchen and classroom training provides students with technical and experiential education in the culinary arts.  Equally important, Root’s program emphasizes five critical skills employers expect and which correlate with continued success: social and cognitive skills, self-agency, communication, and confidence.

Your donation makes a difference.                           

  • $250 underwrites transportation costs for a Program Partner to attend Root

  • $500 helps fund a workshop on nutrition or financial literacy

  • $750 covers the cost of teaching the ServSafe curriculum and administering the exams for an entire class

  • $1,000 funds transportation costs for a Root cohort to attend off-site culinary or life-skills workshops
    (for example, going to the RMV to obtain a REAL ID, necessary to open a bank account)

Make a Donation Through DAF Direct

Root now supports online grant recommendations from donor-advised funds, with no download or transaction fees, using DAF Direct.  Click the DAF logo to give directly from your Fidelity, Schwab or BNY Mellon donor-advised fund.


Root is now on Amazon Smile! That means that Amazon donates 0.5% of your eligible purchase every time you shop. To access Root’s unique code, click the Amazon graphic and support Root’s mission today.


Silver Level Guidestar Listing

Root is pleased to have earned a silver award level listing with Guidestar, the world’s leading largest source of information on non-profit organizations. Click the icon for in-depth information about Root’s programs, operations and financials.


  • Root Recruiters
    Be our “boots on the ground” for a day. Work as a team or individually to help Root canvass areas of the North Shore to get the word out about the program to prospective applicants.

  • Root Champions
    Donating a small or large amount to Root makes you a champion!

  • Host an Event
    All profits from Root’s HarborPoint event space go back into our Youth Job Training Program.

  • Mock Interviewer
    During the Root program, youth are provided with opportunities to test out their workforce skills in a supportive environment. One of the ways that we do this is through mock interviews. Towards the end of each cohort we schedule a day where youth dress for success and meet one-on-one with a volunteer who will conduct a mock interview with them.

  • Guest Chef
    Part of preparing young people for success in the workforce is exposing them to different exposing them to different styles of instruction, cuisines, and paths they can take in their career. This is why we are looking for chefs of all kinds to come in and share their passion and expertise with our youth.

  • Resume & Job Search
    Each cohort we recruit volunteers to guide our young people in resume creation and their transition out of Root and into the workforce.

  • Deliveries
    Delivery of Root food to local pantries/shelters, and to our local merchants (Cabot Theater, etc.)

  • Event Support
    Volunteer to help at a Root community or fundraising event

  • Photographers
    Help us capture the intimate and exciting moments at some of our most important events including graduations, champions dinners, and community pop-ups.

Contact Faith Emerson for more information at 978-616-7615

For paperwork purposes, Root’s legal name is
Root NS Inc.
Shetland Park
35 Congress Street, Suite 2350
Salem MA 01970
Our tax identification number is: 47-5454938

Many employers will match contributions. Please ask yours if they will match your support of Root.

Many employers will match contributions. Please ask yours if they will match your support of Root.

Spread the Word!
Follow us on social media, come to an event, share with your friends why you support Root! Help us get the word out about our Youth Development Program, and about our Café, Catering and HarborPoint event space.

Offer to host a program partner extern at your restaurant or business or connect us with possible host sites or employment opportunities for
our graduates.