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King Green Shares the Importance of Being a GreenCare for Troops Volunteer

GreenCare for Troops and its sister program, SnowCare for Troops, were created by Project EverGreen. These two programs match volunteers in the lawn, landscape and snow removal industries – who are willing to provide their services free of charge to a military family whose loved one is deployed.

King Green, based in Gainesville, Georgia, is one of the companies that participates as a volunteer for GreenCare for Troops. Tabitha Coker, director of sales and marketing for King Green, shares more about their experience with the program.

How did you hear about GreenCare for Troops?

It’s been quite a while. I cannot remember exactly, but I know it was from a booth at an event. I think it was probably a Real Green event.

Why did you decide to volunteer for this program?

Because it’s such a cool program. It’s exciting to be able to give something back to our troops in a lawn care-specific way.

How long have you been participating in the program?

Since 2016.

How many families have you been able to serve since you’ve been in the program?


What services does your company provide for military families?

We provide our lawn care service (8 visits annually to include fertilization, weed control and lime throughout the year). Our program continues at no charge to the families during the duration of the deployment.

What has been your experience working with Project EverGreen to help these families?

We’re honored to play a small role in making things easier for the family at home during deployment.

What do your employees think about this volunteer opportunity?

Frankly, this is a great question and I’ve never asked. I assume our staff appreciates that we participate in this program, but I’ve never talked about this directly with our staff. You’ve brought up a great conversation starter for me. I apologize for not having an answer for you.

What has been the impact on the military families when you are able to take care of this aspect of their lives?

Hopefully, it’s one less thing for them to worry about.

Why is it important for others to volunteer with this program?

Volunteering with GreenCare for Troops is a tangible way for lawn care companies to express their appreciation for the sacrifices made by military personnel and their families.

What would you tell other landscape and lawn care companies who are on the fence about joining the program?

Do it! You won’t regret it.

Jill Odom

Jill Odom is the senior content manager for NALP.