Cleveland, OH — According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are more than 3.6 million veterans with a service-related disability and the need for day-to-day household and lifestyle assistance services is a major need area.
With that statistic in mind, Project EverGreen is pleased to announce the expansion of its GreenCare for Troops (GCFT) program to include wounded and disabled veterans in addition to families of currently deployed military personnel. GCFT is underwritten by The Toro Company. The program, now in its ninth year, provides military personnel and their immediate families with free lawn care and landscape services from registered volunteers for the length of deployment; typically nine months to one year. The same service period exists for wounded and disabled veterans; and they can re-apply for an additional year of services if needed.
GreenCare for Troops was launched in 2007. Over the history of the program, it has served more than 10,000 military families across the country with the tremendous assistance of more than 4,000 lawn and landscape contractor volunteers. These valuable services provide military families with peace of mind and so much more.
The volunteer-based program matches families in need with a volunteer in their area. The program is national in scope and the need varies greatly from region to region. Because volunteers and families don’t always align, Project EverGreen encourages volunteers to continue to register to help our nation’s military families.
Project EverGreen also announces that April 19-25, 2015, will be designated National GreenCare for Troops Awareness Week, intended to raise awareness of the program and will spotlight the efforts of the program’s volunteers and the military families and veterans it serves. It has also designated May 17-23, 2015, as National “Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids.” Awareness Week and Nov. 8-14, 2015, as National SnowCare for Troops Awareness Week.
For more information on how to volunteer or sign up for Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops, visit www.ProjectEvergreen.org/gcft.