Operations manager at the Millbury landscaping company CLS Inc., Mr. Coppola said CLS agreed to donate labor and resources to remove snow for an area military household with a service member who is deployed. CLS and other volunteers are offering their help through SnowCare for Troops, a nonprofit program managed by Minnesota-based Project EverGreen and underwritten by BOSS Snowplows of Iron Mountain, Mich.
“My son, Brian, the company president, felt it was the moral thing to do — to care for family members of troops who can't take care of their lawn care or snow removal needs,” said Mr. Coppola. CLS also volunteered for GreenCare for Troops, a lawn care program under Project EverGreen's wing.
CLS signed up last year and is waiting to be matched with an area military family, said Mr. Coppola.
Providing free snow removal and lawn care means those deployed “have one less thing to worry about,” said Joy Westenberg, who manages the programs for Project EverGreen. GreenCare for Troops, launched in 2006, has registered more than 12,000 military families and 3,500 volunteers. SnowCare for Troops is in its second year, with more than 1,000 families and 900 volunteers, said Ms. Westenberg.
Families register with Project EverGreen at projectevergreen.com, and Ms. Westenberg matches them to nearby volunteers. The information is sent to families and they contact the volunteer with whom they have been matched. The process is confidential, she said.
BOSS Snowplows Marketing Director Mark A. Klossner said BOSS was “looking for a good cause to get into, and when you are a snowplow company those things are few and far between.” Founded in 1985, family-owned BOSS employs about 250 people making snowplows in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
BOSS jumped at the sponsorship opportunity, said Mr. Klossner.
“We love being part of something that helps military families. The type of people who buy our products are patriotic, hard-working blue-collar Americans who are ready to stand up and stand by for their country,” he said.
BOSS pays a fee to underwrite the cost of administering SnowCare for Troops. “We are proud to be part of it,” said Mr. Klossner.
The program looks for not only volunteers but also loaned snow removal equipment for volunteers or groups, and donations of money, transportation and gas cards to offset snow removal and maintenance costs.
For the second year in a row, Alpine Smith, Inc., of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., joins ranks with the SnowCare for Troops Program, a community based program to provide free snow removal services for military families with a spouse or family member serving in the armed forces.
Alpine Smith, Inc., will participate with snowplow and landscape professionals from across the country to donate their services and time to ease the burden on military families seeking help on the home front.
Alpine Smith, Inc. is currently offering free snow\ removal to three active military families and is urging other interested military families to register for participation in the SnowCare for Troops program by calling Alpine Smith, Inc., at 530-541-0250. They can also visit the Project EverGreen website at www.projectevergreen.com/scft or call toll free 1-888-611-2956. Participation is limited.
“We're proud to support the SnowCare for Troops program and lend a hand to help our local military families who already carry so much on their shoulders, the last thing they should be worrying about is digging out after a snowstorm,” said Darin Smith, President of Alpine Smith, Inc. “This is just one small way that we can say thank you, for their dedication to our county and military service.”