Nufarm, Alsip, Illinois, and Project EverGreen, Mentor, Ohio, announced the global company’s continued commitment to expand the reach of the GreenCare for Troops initiative. The program, now in its 14th year, provides active duty military families with complimentary basic lawn care and landscape maintenance services while a family member is deployed.
Counting this year’s commitment, Nufarm has invested more than $500,000 in a four-year span to the initiative, and it’s paying off in the improved health and well-being of military families and a growing and sustained green space footprint.
In the last year, GreenCare for Troops has added 365 new volunteers and achieved a volunteer to family match rate above 70%. Along with its sister program, SnowCare for Troops, GreenCare for Troops volunteers delivered lawn care and landscape services valued at more than $2 million to military families across the United States.
“Nufarm is proud to be the title partner of GreenCare for Troops and the good that it encompasses,” says Blaine Pinkerton, Nufarm Americas vice president, turf and ornamental. “Military families face many challenges when their loved ones are deployed. GreenCare for Troops works nationwide to connect them with complimentary home lawn and landscape services. It’s a great way for green industry professionals to give back and help military families relieve stress by coming home to a worry-free healthy yard. We encourage everyone to get involved by donating, volunteering or spreading the word.”
“Nufarm’s incredible ongoing support to this invaluable program is making a significant difference in the lives of military families and contractor volunteers across the country,” says Cindy Code, Project EverGreen executive director. “This ardent support has helped GreenCare for Troops build upon its success and, ultimately, bring safe and healthy yards and landscapes to families in need of relief and peace in a green setting.”
The contribution will be used to enhance and expand the national program that is managed by Project EverGreen. This will include increased outreach for volunteer recruitment and communications to families, volunteers and the media, as well as adding promotional and logistical resources required to grow the GreenCare for Troops database and serve more military families.