There's a lot of chatter about how so many teens won't have jobs this summer because of the recession. Well, here's a way to fill that time to help others.
Project EverGreen (based in New Prague, Minnesota) has a program that matches people willing to mow lawns and do other lawn care projects with families of deployed military. Think about it for a minute. It's so simple, yet so helpful. In our house, we're always trying to figure out when to mow the lawn. Does it fit in Saturday's schedule? Sunday afternoon? Perhaps one day after work? It's not like it's hard, but it's one more thing on the to do list.
For families of deployed troops, they are already "short" one family member, so the remaining parent is both Mom and Dad for the children. I know there are a lot of single parents out there, but I think we can all agree that being a single parent because your spouse is deployed to a war zone is a special situation.
Project EverGreen matches volunteers with families who could use a little lawn care help through the GreenCare for Troops project. If your schools are like ours, the teens can probably receive community service hours for their volunteer time.
Hmmmm...an opportunity to help soldiers' families and complete community service hours while being outside in the beautiful summer sun? Sounds like a winner to me. If it sounds good to you, please pass along the idea.