Veteran launches lawn care service to help community

By edited by Sarah Bunyea

The service has provided lawn maintenance services for over 170 people so far.


In Knoxville, Tennessee, a military veteran is still putting her combat boots to good use – mowing lawns for neighbors in her community. When Constance Every returned from active duty in Afghanistan, she decided she wanted to continue giving her time and service to others.

According to an article on the WVLT news website, Every started by offering to mow the lawn for an elderly neighbor. Then another neighbor and another.

Recruiting more volunteers, Every formed the group called Sleeves 4 Needs with the idea that that group’s members wear their hearts on their sleeves.

She says they provide “emergency lawn care services,” where if someone gets a ticket from the city requiring them to cut the grass, the group goes and cuts those yards.

Every said Sleeves 4 Needs helped 178 people or families with their lawns during its first year of existence. Every pitched the group’s concept to a gathering of community leaders called Knoxville Soup this year, where she won over attendees with the group’s story and received a $1,000 grant to continue its work.

Every first put the grant money toward purchasing a new lawnmower and weed eater. She hopes to use some of the remaining money toward a commercial mower.