Paying a good deed forward is something we all could use more of these days. The loyal volunteers of Project EverGreen’s GreenCare and SnowCare for Troops programs do this each and every time they cut grass, fertilize a lawn or plow a driveway.
For a group of these volunteers, paying it forward takes on a special meaning, especially when they and their families have walked in the same shoes of the people they are helping out.
Project EverGreen’s Heroes Helping Heroes include veterans, active-duty military members or first responders who have registered to provide complimentary lawn care, basic landscape or snow plowing services to families of deployed military personnel.
“Not only have these individuals proudly served or are currently serving our country, but they are willing to go the extra mile and help military families during their time of greatest need,” says Cindy Code, executive director of the Project EverGreen.
Tyler Dixon, owner of Dixon Landscaping & Design in High Point, North Carolina, and a 15-year Navy veteran, is a GreenCare for Troops volunteer and knows full well how valuable the services both programs are to military families. He also knows how meaningful it is for the volunteers.
“Members of the military and their families are used to handling everything on their own, and they are reluctant to reach out and ask for help. They think they can handle it,” says Dixon.
Dixon says before they are deployed, military personnel often enjoy a normal 8 to 5 job and go home to their family every night just like millions of other Americans. But that routine is flipped upside down when a deployment comes around.
“When you are deployed your world, and your family’s world, is turned upside down,” says Dixon. “The emotional, mental and physical support is gone.”
Dixon says his expectation of volunteering for GreenCare for Troops and Snow Care for Troops is to help military families get through things easier than he did.
“The impact of both programs on military families is far greater than a volunteer will ever know,” adds Dixon. “The family may not send you a thank you note or text but the kindness you are showing them is truly appreciated.”
Project EverGreen’s Heroes Helping Heroes Volunteers
Police Office / Papillion, Nebraska
Grunt & Suns Lawn Care / College Station, Texas
Active Duty Army / Bel Air, Maryland
Blades of Grass Lawncare / Savannah, Georgia
Minnesota Air National Guard
BTSA / Buffalo, Minnesota
Dixon Landscaping / High Point, North Carolina
Marine veteran and retired sheriff / Charlotte, North Carolina
Weed Man of Lake Norman / Denver, North Carolina
B&G Excavating and Snow Removal / Greenfield, Indiana
Police officer / Papillion, Nebraska
Army veteran and reserves / Hazelton, Pennsylvania
Presidential Lawns / Fairfax, Virginia
Krammer’s Lawn Care & Snow Removal / Lake Elmo, Minnesota
Police Officer / Omaha, Nebraska
Air Force veteran
Quick Clips of Brevard / Melbourne, Florida
Parsons Grounds Maintenance / Akron, Ohio
All American Outdoors & Lawn Care / Chatsworth, Georgia
T&S Lawn Service / Stone Mountain, Georgia
Army National Guard
Army National Guard / Papillion, Nebraska
Wales Enterprises / Orchard Park, New York
Active duty Army / Bridgeton, New Jersey
If you are interested in registering to become a GreenCare or SnowCare for Troops volunteer and helping the family of deployed military personnel in call 888/611-2955 or visit the volunteer registration page.