Goodwill Offers Lawn Care

By: Ann McIntire Email
By: Ann McIntire Email

As the weather outside begins to look more and more like spring, it's time for many homeowners to turn their attention to the yard. Especially after the brutal winter, many may be looking for a little help. Here's an option you may not have heard about.
When you hear of Goodwill Industries, you probably picture a store where shopping for bargains is down every aisle, and unwanted clothes are dropped off for someone else's use. However, Goodwill does much more.

"We do fertilization, we do maintenance on irrigation systems, we do aeration, power raking, like we had the snow mold problem this year, we do raking for that to clear that up for folks also," said Herman Brown Jr. with the company.

Goodwill has been providing lawn care to metro residents for the last 15 years. Any yard, any size is fair game.

Lowell Milbrandt hired the company to do his yard work for the past four years. "I feel their price is fair, every service I've had with them has been good, they take care of everything properly, and I think Goodwill is an organization that anybody can help."

It's an organization that is after more than just the bottom line. "They provide a lot of work for someone who possibly couldn't work somewhere else, so whatever I can do to help that, that's what I want to do," said Milbrandt.

"We typically hire folks who probably wouldn't get hired by other companies, and plus any of the proceeds that we get go towards the goodwill mission, you know, 'the hand up instead of a hand out,'" said Brown.

David Sexton appreciates the job. He's been in the business for 14 years and working for Goodwill for the last four. "It's just good to get outside and get some sunshine."

He says he runs into a lot of people in the community who don't realize Goodwill provides the service. "I tell people I work for the Goodwill, and they ask which store," said Sexton. "There's a lot of explaining every time you tell people about it."

Folks on both sides say the arrangement works well, with everyone giving something, and getting a lot more in return.

Goodwill tells us they typically run about 15 to 25 percent less than their competitors, however writing off their service on taxes is not an option since you are getting something in return.

If you're interested in an estimate, call 690-4651 or click here.

For those who sign up before April 30th, the first mow of the season will be half price.

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