Chris Hansen Loves the Green Industry and Being A Volunteer
Volunteers are the heart and soul of our program. They give tirelessly to share the gift of green yards and landscapes to military families in need.
““I know what it’s like for families not having the help they need at home, so anything I can do to relieve a little stress is great.”
Hansen Lawn and Landscape
North Haven, Connecticut
Chris Hansen loves working in the green industry. From the time his parents gave him permission to go out and start cutting lawns up to now, a year and a half into owning Hansen Lawn and Landscape in North Haven, Connecticut, he enjoys being of service to local families through beautifying yards.
Chris Hansen of Hansen Lawn and Landscape in North Haven, Connecticut.
He’s grown his operation substantially during his first 18 months in business, now servicing 110 lawns with a full-time crew of three. It’s almost all cutting, with occasional re-seeding and trimming projects thrown in when the opportunity arises.
Hansen and his crew stay plenty busy with paid work, but his desire to serve and give back to the community is further fed by his involvement in GreenCare for Troops.
“I went to the GIE + Expo in 2019 and came across the Project Evergreen booth and I immediately signed up,’ said Hansen. “I would rather do what I do for more than just myself. For me, being in business is not about the money, I really like giving back.”
Hansen is also familiar with the sacrifices of military service from his own family. His grandfather served in Vietnam, an uncle spent time in the National Guard, and a brother-in-law has spent his career in the U.S. Navy.
“I know what it’s like for families not having the help they need at home, so anything I can do to relieve a little stress is great,” added Hansen.
Hansen was quickly matched with seven families, and so far, five have reached out for assistance. There’s a natural hesitance from some families to request the assistance – the culture of stepping up without asking for help is strong – but Hansen feels the gratitude once they decide to make the call to him.
“Military families are not first in line to take things, but for the ones who have reached out to me, I really feel like they appreciate the help,” said Hansen.