How supporting military members and their families will change their and your lives
Your business is founded on service. So what’s stopping you from giving back to those who served us all?
Although I grew up just 30 miles from Arlington, I had never visited Arlington National Cemetery until the PLANET Renewal & Remembrance event July 28. My expectations were quickly exceeded after seeing hundreds of industry professionals uniting in the cemetery to use their skills to give back to these fallen soldiers. (See photos from the event here.)
Seeing all of the selfless acts of service – from landscapers spreading tons of lime to children laying flowers on graves – made me think. What else can we do?
I guess a better question might be, “What can’t we do?”
Programs like Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops and SnowCare for Troops help connect military families with industry professionals and volunteers. In addition to Renewal & Remembrance, PLANET also has a Day of Service to encourage landscapers to give back to their communities.
Some are taking service projects to another level. Last month, I talked with a landscaper who, after helping two military families, wanted to transition into a non-profit business to help even more families.
While you don’t have to make an extreme change like that, I think it’s important to give back when possible.
As 12-year-old Emma Gilbey, a Renewal & Remembrance volunteer, so simply put it, “They respected us, so we should be very respectful and give back to them.”