A national program that provides military families with free landscape services was recently recognized by the White House and first lady Michelle Obama.
GreenCare for Troops was honored by White House officials in April on the south lawn at a ceremony that celebrated organizations and programs that benefit military families. GreenCare for Troops is a program sponsored by Project EverGreen that pairs military families with a family member currently deployed in the military with a local landscape contractor or volunteer to provide free lawn care and landscaping services.
“Our country’s military families sacrifice so much for all of us on a daily basis, providing environmentally beneficial lawn and landscape services for them is the least we can do to provide them with a healthy yard so they can focus on their jobs and families,” said Cindy Code, Project EverGreen executive director. “To have Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops program acknowledged by the White House is incredibly humbling.”
Project EverGreen is a nonprofit organization committed to informing the public about the positive effects of well-maintained green spaces, including lawns and landscapes, sports turf, golf courses and parks.
In its five years in operation, Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops program has served thousands of military families with free lawn care and landscape services across the entire country. GreenCare for Troops is underwritten by Cub Cadet. There is still a need for volunteers as currently more than 10,000 military families have signed up to receive services from GreenCare for Troops. More than 4,000 volunteers are registered to provide services, but more volunteers, labor and materials are needed.
Project EverGreen also operates SnowCare for Troops, underwritten by BOSS Snowplow. The program matches military families with local contractors to provide free snow removal.
The White House ceremony was attended by Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden. The event was part of the White House’s Joining Forces initiative. Led by Obama, the program recognized 20 organizations and communities dedicated to supporting military families throughout the country in various ways.
The ceremony was attended by Code, Den Gardner, Project EverGreen board member and Joy Westenberg, program manager for GCFT. Additionally, one of GCFT’s program recipients was invited to attend the event. Lorraine and Kimberly Starr from Tonawanda, N.Y. Kimberly is a senior Air Force airman.