September is the gateway to Autumn, providing a bridge between seasons where sweet memories of Summer linger like your favorite perfume and glimpses of Fall renew our spirit.  Cooler temps and shorter days catapult the landscape into change, brilliant and ablaze.  Savor the crossing and pause to remember where you’ve been, where you’re going, and where you’d like to be.

gcft-LOGOAs we cross that bridge, it’s important to take stock and determine which direction we’ll go.  For Sweeney’s and for many that means finding the time to make a difference in our communities and give to those causes we are passionate about.  As you may or may not know, Sweeney’s is a proud member of Green Care for Troops, a nationwide outreach program run by Project Evergreen that connects local landscapers with men and woman serving in our armed forces overseas.  You can read more about it here.  Basically, Sweeney’s will provide free mowing and maintenance services to families whose household head (mom or dad) have been deployed overseas.  It’s just one less thing these families have to concern themselves with while dealing with the absence of a loved one.  Beginning in mid-October, military families and volunteers (like Sweeney’s) will be able to register and receive real-time matching without the wait.  It’s the least we can do to support our soldiers and their families, and we couldn’t be more proud to serve those who are serving us.  If you are being deployed or know of a military family in need, please reach out to Sweeney’s.

Project Evergreen does more than just connect military families with volunteers.  In fact, they are heavily involved in urban revitalization with a focus on teaching and inspiring our youth on the benefits of green spaces in their neighborhoods, schools, and communities.  Recently, Project Evergreen launched its “Healthy Turf.  Healthy Kids.” initiative that assists in revitalizing sports’ fields and playing surfaces primarily in low-income areas.  The hope is to make fields safer and more attractive, so families can exercise, play, and interact with their communities.

“When the goldenrod is yellow,
And leaves are turning brown –
Reluctantly the summer goes
In a cloud of thistledown.”

“When squirrels are harvesting
And birds in flight appear –
By these autumn signs we know
September days are here.”
 –  Beverly Ashour

Best wishes,

Kim Sweeney