Green Care for U.S. Troops

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courtesy Project EverGreen
Volunteers attack the yard of U.S. servicepersonnel for Green Care for Troops, a non-profit organization facilitated by Project EverGreen and co-sponsored by Cub Cadet.

CLEVELAND, OHIO – Cub Cadet Commercial is a 2008 sponsor of Green Care for Troops, a national non-profit organization facilitated by Project EverGreen, to provide free lawn care for military families with loved ones overseas. Cub Cadet Commercial is sole financial underwriter for Green Care for Troops administration and coordination, but additional resources are still greatly needed.

In its third year, Green Care for Troops has grown to almost 6,000 families nationwide, with just 1,300 volunteers to support their lawn care needs.

“Green Care for Troops provides a small, but valuable service for military families,” says Nick Cashier, vice president of Cub Cadet Commercial. “For a professional landscaper or cutter, one lawn may take an hour or less every couple weeks, but for these families, it’s one less thing to worry about. This (year), we hope the green industry can keep these families in mind and find a way to lend a hand.”

Cub Cadet Commercial is encouraging its green industry colleagues to help out in any way they can. Support can come in any form, including:

? Adopt one or two families to maintain their lawns throughout the summer.

? Set up equipment loaner programs for citizen volunteers.

? Donate gas cards, money or transportation to help ease the burden of gas prices.

? Repair equipment for families that want to care for their own property, but don’t have a working mower.

?Raise awareness in your local community about how to get involved.

“When you are worrying about the safety of a loved one there’s not much anyone can do to calm your fears,” says Den Gardner, executive director of Project EverGreen. “But green spaces have been proven to increase happiness and serenity so we want to do anything we can to help maximize those benefits to these families.”

To find out how to get involved this summer go to the Project EverGreen Web site and click on the GreenCare for Troops logo. Or, you can make a toll-free phone call to (877) 758-4835.

Cub Cadet Commercial helps lawn care professionals dominate their turf challenges by engineering its complete line of outdoor power equipment with three goals in mind – productivity, quality and efficiency. With its proven lineup of commercial riding and walk-behind mowers, turf application and maintenance products and handheld equipment, Cub Cadet Commercial gives professionals the tools they need to stay ahead of the competition and grow their businesses. To learn more about Cub Cadet Commercial’s industry leading turf care solutions, visit your local Cub Cadet Commercial dealer or visit the company’s Web site.

Project EverGreen is a national non-profit organization representing service providers, associations, suppliers/distributors, media companies, other organizations and individuals affiliated with the green industry. Project EverGreen’s mission is to raise the awareness of the environmental, economic and lifestyle benefits of landscapes and promote the significance of those who preserve and enhance green spaces at home, work and play. In addition, Project EverGreen sponsors YEA! (Yard Enthusiasts of America), an online community designed to provide information and interaction on a wide range of lawn and landscaping topics.