Generosity and Thankfulness

Raising Men, One Lawn at a Time #WATWB

1 Aug , 2019  

Children love to help out, to feel valued, and to belong. They are eager volunteers, but there are surprisingly few meaningful opportunities for them to help out in their communities. Raising Men Lawn Care Service seeks to change that. “Raising Men Lawn Care Service is the union of an ordinary yard maintenance service and the commitment to establish an inspiring program to keep our youth (girls & boys) on a positive path while learning and understanding their value in society. RMLS provides free lawn care to our elders, those who are disabled, single mothers and our veterans, who do not have the time, resources and/or money to manicure their yards.”

Founder Rodney Smith (@iamrodneysmith) has been making headlines mowing lawns for veterans in all 50 states, mowing for a cause (this month’s is mental health), and helping people avoid being fined by the city for not being able to mow their lawns or pay for a lawn care service. With the 50 Lawn Challenge, he’s inspiring young people around the world – kids are mowing lawns, raking leaves, and shoveling snow for neighbors in need, from the US to Australia, Canada, Germany, Bermuda, and the UK!

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2 Responses

  1. Unishta says:

    What a lovely way to let children know how important it is to help those who need it. I’ve never mowed a lawn ( since I don’t have one) but I know it is tough work and often put off till the grass grows too high ….And knowing the high cost of labour in your country, I can understand how welcome it is for someone to do this for free.

    • Yes! Not only the effort (which is too much for many elderly or disabled people), and the time (too short by far for working, single moms), and the cost (for those just struggling to make rent or mortgage payments and put food on the table) but then there are regulations – it’s not just that a poorly-kept yard is an eyesore for the neighbors, but not keeping the grass trimmed can land you in trouble with the homeowners’ association or the city, and can result in hefty fines.

      This is a great way for kids to get outside, get exercise, give back to their communities, learn a needed skill (I’ve also never mowed a lawn, nor had my husband until we bought out home, and we’re fortunate we can afford a service to do it weekly, now). It’s especially hard when it’s 100 degrees in the shade. I feel for the lawn crews around here, but then again, they have some serious skills and can, themselves, afford good equipment – there’s one mower that rides around on a little thing that looks like a segway and cuts the grass in no time! 🙂

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