Welcome to the March/April issue of the Project EverGreen Update. The organization is creating news on a variety of fronts, and we’d like to share it all with you…our biggest supporters!
Please click on the headlines below to read more about our latest news and events. Thank you for your ongoing support!
Project EverGreen’s SnowCare for Troops program is enjoying a successful first season matching snow removal contractors providing free snow removal with families of men and women currently deployed in the armed forces.
The program, underwritten by BOSS Snowplow, had registered 756 military families requesting the service while 800 volunteers signed up to offer snow removal through the first two months of this year. Families and/or volunteers have been signed up for the program in 41 states and Canada.
Although the pools of families needing assistance and volunteers willing to help are close in number, not all of the registered families have been matched with a volunteer as participation varies from area to area. By mid-February, 352 families had benefited from the program. Michigan is the state with the most successful matches at 50.
If you are an individual or contractor interested in helping a military family in your area, please visit www.projectevergreen.com/scft to sign up.
Please visit Project EverGreen’s new Facebook page. We’ve done a bit of spring cleaning and freshened up our look to keep you current on programs that communicate the many benefits of managed green spaces.
Project EverGreen Partnering with FPMA on the Effort
Project EverGreen recently announced southwest Florida as the organization’s fourth GreenCare for Communities location.
The newest program location joins three other GreenCare for Communities locations already well underway and making positive green space improvements in their respective areas. Akron, Ohio, was the first program location, followed by Milwaukee, Wis., a year later and the I-40 Corridor in North Carolina between Raleigh and Greensboro/Winston-Salem last year.
This was the first year since the program’s inception in 2008 that Project EverGreen officials focused on finding a state association to help with the mission. Efforts are underway with the Florida Pest Management Association (FPMA) and other state green industry associations to promote the benefits of managed green spaces to consumers and visitors to the “Sunshine State.” Stay tuned for more details in our next e-newsletter.
The GreenCare for Communities program is intended to educate and inform consumers about the environmental, economic and lifestyle benefits of well-maintained green spaces through various events and outreach efforts.
GCBAA Foundation’s Sticks for Kids Participants Lucky Recipients
For the fourth year in a row, Project EverGreen partnered with the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) Foundation’s Sticks for Kids program. Project EverGreen provided 1,000 golf bag tags for youth participating in this year’s program.
Sticks for Kids aims to teach children the game of golf while stressing the environmental importance of manicured green spaces such as golf courses. Each program site is given 10 sets of golf clubs and marketing material from the GCBAA Foundation. Each site finds volunteer golf professionals to lead the program.
At the conclusion of 2010, there were 510 Sticks for Kids programs located in all 50 states, 12 military bases and China. In 2010 alone, more than 132,000 youth participated in a Sticks for Kids program. The total number of children participating in the last four years reached 300,000, including 5,000 youth in 32 cities in China.
The GCBAA Foundation began the programs over a decade ago and became a partner program of the National Recreation and Park Association in 2006. The Foundation recently announced that it will add an additional 50 programs in 2011.
Bi-Monthly Issues Offer Quicker Read
The Project EverGreen Update is going to be sent to your inbox a little more frequently than in the past. That’s because Project EverGreen has a lot going on at the moment in all three of our focus areas: GreenCare for Troops, GreenCare for Communities and GreenCare for Youth.
Every other month, we’ll be sending you updates from all three focus areas to keep all of our constituents in the know. After all, Project EverGreen wouldn’t be what it is today without the interest and support we receive from all of you!
Of course, we know that your time is precious. The new format will bring you Project EverGreen news and updates more often, but the issues will also be shorter and more concise so you can quickly get back to your day at hand.
Headquartered in New Prague, Minn., Project EverGreen is a national non-profit organization representing green industry service (end-user) providers, associations, suppliers/distributors, media companies and other organizations. Project EverGreen’s mission is “To preserve and enhance green space in our communities for today and future generations.”
In late 2004, Project EverGreen launched a national media campaign to inform U.S. consumers about the positive effects of well-maintained green spaces, including lawns and landscapes, sports turf, golf courses and parks.