The Grounds Guys start grass roots movement

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A local The Grounds Guys franchisee and his team in central Connecticut recently gave back to the community in a big way. They helped put together more than 25 complete Thanksgiving meals, or 625 pounds of food, to help a local food bank feed families during the holiday season.

In addition, the entire national workforce of The Grounds Guys, a franchise specializing in commercial and residential landscape management services, mobilizes as an army of volunteers for weCARE Day on the first Friday in November. This year, Ken Henriksen, owner of The Grounds Guys of Central Connecticut, and his team chose to provide local fall cleanup services for 20 property owners in the Southington and Plantsville communities.

As payment for the clean ups, they asked the property owners to donate a Thanksgiving dinner that included a turkey, canned vegetables, canned cranberry sauce, rolls, a bag of stuffing, and any other food items to donate to the Southington Food Pantry. The team also received donations from people who were not receiving services, but heard about what they were doing and wanted to help.

“We had such great participation from the community that we added more days of service and turned it into a ‘weCARE weekend’ in our area,” said Henriksen. “We worked closely with our local food pantry and the community to make it happen. We are grateful to everyone who helped in making this such a great success.”

Giving back in the community is not new to this Henriksen’s team. Every year on Sept. 11, they drop off pizzas to local fire stations to thank fireman for their service. Henriksen also said that through this year’s “weCARE weekend” event, his team will continue to volunteer their lawn services to three veterans, one of which is an 80-year-old World War II veteran.

“One of the reasons I purchased this franchise was because of the code of values and the opportunities to give back,” said Henriksen. “It means a lot to me to be able to give back and make a difference in the lives of people in the community I live.”

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