Kevin Houle, owner of KH Industries in Tolland, Connecticut, takes pride not only in the day-to-day work his crews perform, but in the company’s support of the community, especially military families. Giving back to the people that support his business is something about which Houle is very passionate.
KH Industries is a community-centric landscape care and construction company an hour north of Hartford and 20 minutes from the Massachusetts state line. KH does it all, from spring and fall cleanup to mowing to hardscapes, cranking through 150 maintenance accounts – about three-fourths of them residential – per week.
Joining the GreenCare for Troops Movement
An important element of giving back over the past two years has been his participation in the GreenCare for Troops program. Houle learned about the program last year and completed a full season of lawn and landscape maintenance for a military family. When he checked with Project EverGreen, he learned that there were an additional five families in his area on a waitlist.
“When I found out, I took them all on,” said Houle. “I said that as long as they are within a reasonable distance, I will take care of all of them. Military families with a need like this shouldn’t have to be waiting for help given the sacrifices they are making.”
Houle admits that a couple of the families them are in the outer reaches of his service area, but he can’t imagine saying no to a military family he’s capable of helping.
A Personal Connection
His brother Ken, who works in the business, is an Iraq veteran, so Kevin well knows the impact of deployment on family life, and how people feel.
“They are doing the hard job, our work is easy,” said Houle. “It takes 20-40 minutes of our time to take care of a lawn; it’s an easy decision. These families shouldn’t have to be worried about landscape maintenance while members of their families are working for all of us overseas.”
Are you ready to step up for a military family? Register today at https://projectevergreen.org/about-the-program-volunteers/
The Title Sponsor of the GreenCare for Troops program is Nufarm. Platinum Partners include Toro and SiteOne Landscape Supply. The Gold Partner is Arborjet/Ecologel and the Silver Partner is the Propane Education and Research Council