The need for volunteers for Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops (GCFT) initiative continues to grow as military families with a deployed service member and post-9/11 veterans with a service-connected disability look for help to care for and create healthier lawns and yards.
The program, which celebrates its 11th year in 2017, provides basic lawn and landscape services and so much more including back yards for service dogs to run in, green gardens for disabled veterans to reflect in and countless hours of joy for families to bond.
Thriving lawns, trees and plants go beyond the aesthetics; they are an integral part of the social fabric of a community and provide individuals with the ability to actively participate in creating a greener, healthier, cooler Earth.
Since the program’s inception in 2006, more than 11,000 military families and veteran and 6,000 green industry professionals have registered to receive or provide these much needed services. In total, volunteers donated lawn care and landscape services valued at $1 million in 2016.
In the spirit of camaraderie and in support of the military, Nufarm – the platinum partner for the last two years - believes in and supports the mission of GreenCare for Troops. Nufarm’s family roots are based on pride and professionalism in the products they bring to market and in the support they provide to their customers. The Toro Company is the presenting partner for GCFT.
“The free services provided by the GreenCare for Troops program are invaluable. Nufarm is 100 percent in support of this program and we believe the entire industry should get involved to help grow this program to serve more military families and disabled veterans,” said Sean Casey, vice president of sales, Nufarm Turf & Ornamental. “We believe that partnering with good programs like GreenCare for Troops. Our nation’s heroes are provided a needed service, and receive the therapeutic benefits of managed green spaces.”
Volunteers agree to provide free services for the length of the military deployment, or for up to two years for disabled veterans. Volunteers choose how many families they’d like to help, how far they’re willing to travel and what services they are able to provide. A list of services is part of the registration form. Volunteers are matched with families within those parameters, and service begins once the military family contacts the volunteer.
For more information on how to volunteer or sign up for Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops, call 888.611.2955 or visit www.ProjectEverGreen.org.