Learning More About GreenCare for Troops
We are also a member of Project Evergreen, whose mission is to raise awareness of the environmental, economic and lifestyle benefits of landscapes, while promoting the significance of those who preserve and enhance green spaces at home, work and play.
Project EverGreen is committed to informing the American public about the positive effects of well-maintained green spaces, including lawns and landscapes, sports turf, golf courses and parks. We want to inspire you to get involved and get passionate about green spaces!
GreenCare for Troops is a nationwide outreach program initiated by Project EverGreen that connects participating landscape maintenance professionals and citizen volunteers with families of the men and women away from home serving our country in the Armed Forces. Lawn and Landscape maintenance becomes a definite hardship when a military family's primary breadwinner is on active duty away from home. GreenCare for Troops seeks to ease this burden by helping affected families with the important task of caring for their yard and landscape. Landscape professionals, and citizen volunteers donate their services to the military families for one year or deployment time.
Based in New Prague, Minnesota Project EverGreen is a national non-profit organization representing the green industry service providers, associations, suppliers, distributors, and individuals. The link between the families and the volunteers is done at the Project EverGreen headquarters. If a volunteer is located in the area of a military family, the military family is contacted by telephone or email with the volunteer's information. It is the military family's responsibility (due to confidentiality of the family's information) to contact the volunteer. Due to the number of military families and volunteers participating and our skeleton staff, a participating military family will hear from GCFT only when we have a volunteer to assist them.
Receiving free lawn care service depends on the volunteers in areas of need; this service is not guaranteed in all areas, but we make every effort to accommodate as many families as we possibly can. If we do not have volunteers in areas every effort is made to recruit by phone.
To date, we have more than 9,100 military families and more than 2,400 volunteers throughout the United States registered with our program. Due to the overwhelming response of military families throughout the United States they are in need of more volunteers. PLEASE think about reaching out to Green Care for Troops! Find out how you too can help our troops locally.
To participate as a family in need of lawn care, or to volunteer to ease this burden for a military family, please complete and submit a simple on-line registration form which can be found on our website www.projectevergreen.com/gcft