Uplifting news: Man starts charity to help the elderly with gardening
Rodney Smith Jr. saw something last year that changed his life: an older person cutting grass in the heat of a sweltering Alabama summer.
The sight inspired the 27-year-old then college student to begin cutting lawns for people who needed help. He soon founded Raising Men Lawn Care Service with the goal of both helping people and enlisting young volunteers whose parents want them to learn about volunteerism. A year later, the project is going strong, and this uplifting news really shows the spirit of local communities.
Today, Smith said, the service is mowing about 100 yards a month around Huntsville, Alabama in the US, and is spreading to other states, thanks in part to donations of cash, lawn mowers and other equipment that came in as word of his project spread, particularly on Facebook.
Smith described his services as a non-profit organization. They go and cut grass for free for the elderly, disabled, single-parent mothers and veterans.
His early days of service, he just used his car and his own lawn mower.
“I was cutting between classes. I was a college student, and I just graduated recently with a bachelor’s in computer science,” said Smith, “all this got me wanting to go back for my master’s in social work because I believe I found my purpose in life, and that’s helping people.
“Not too many kids are outside anymore. Not too many people are helping their neighbours anymore. So I think it’s important that we lead the way and give back to the community.”
Smith managed to find volunteers via Facebook, which resulted in around 50 young people helping out.
Currently, Raising Men have seven chapters in seven different states in the US, with the end goal is to get it into all 50 states.
For more information about the charity, they are very active on Facebook.