Thursday, March 28, 2024

National Youth Service Leader Comes to Cranberry Lake

Rodney Smith Jr. with landmower

By Susan Sweeney Smith

The Cranberry Lake North Shore HUB is pleased to announce the visit of Rodney Smith Jr. of Mowing for A Cause, founder of Raising Men and Women Lawn Care Service. Rodney will meet us at the HUB later in April (target date is April 22) to mow our lawn and help spread the word about his outreach program. He and his board encourage young people across the country to become volunteers through free lawn mowing for senior citizens, veterans, the disabled, single moms, and anyone in need. The Cranberry Lake North Shore HUB, located on Route 3 in Cranberry Lake, is a local not-for-profit that purchased and restored an 1898 Presbyterian Church.  

“We have a small lawn at the HUB that is mowed by two local boys and their dad all summer,” said Susan Sweeney Smith, board member. “When we read about Rodney’s efforts to spread the word and encourage youth community service, we felt a natural synergy and support for his mission.”

Kids who become volunteer lawn mowers receive a new t-shirt for every 10 lawns cut. After 50 lawns mowed, kids will receive a brand new lawn mower, so they can continue their service to neighbors in need.  

“Junior and Tina Davis at Mountain Gate Plaza Star Lake Ny  and Jackie and Kevin Woodcock from Turn Key Construction will work together to collect bottles for Mowing For A Cause and we’ll give Rodney a check when he arrives and mows our lawn (we do hope we have some grass at that point!)” Smith said.

Please drop bottles and cans off to Junior and Tina at Mountain Gate Redemption on Route 3 between Star Lake and Cranberry Lake.  The bottles can be dropped off or Jackie and Kevin will do pick ups in the Clifton Fine region every Sunday after April 5.

See below for a safety video regarding the program’s 50 yard challenge:

YouTube video

Those who wish to learn more about Rodney and his efforts can follow him on Facebook here. Interested parties may also wish to peruse press coverage, such as this CNN article, about Rodney from both print and television outlets from around the nation. Rodney has been featured on such news outlets as ABC news, NBC news, FOX news, CBS, CNN, and more. 

Photo at top: Rodney Smith Jr. Raising Men and Women Lawn Service Facebook page photo.

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