Welcome to the Evolving Man Project’s ‘Evolved Man of the Week’ profiles. Each week we will highlight an individual that embodies what it means to be an evolved man, famous and non-famous men alike. The world needs to know their stories and deeds. This week’s honor goes to the Bermuda native, Alabama A & M grad, and the founder of the non-profit, Raising Men Lawn Care Service; Rodney Smith Jr.
While Rodney was still a student at Alabama A & M majoring in computer science. One fateful day he helped an elderly man with his lawn work. After that day and the chance encounter, Smith went on to create the Raising Men Lawn Care Service (RMLCS), based in Huntsville, Alabama. As part of providing free yard work, the organization mentors children, teaching them about serving their communities and lawn mower safety. His organization offers free lawn care for veterans, senior citizens, single mothers, and the disabled.
Here is Rodney Smith in his own words:
“When I came across the elderly man, my life changed,” … “I remember a few years before that, I had a one-on-one conversation with God. I asked him to use me as his vessel, and it didn’t happen at that moment. I believe it happened when I came across the elderly man outside mowing his lawn.”
In 2016, Rodney has launched the 50-yard challenge. The goal is to cut 50 yards and all 50 states. He’s been traveling across the nation and mowing lawns for free. He’s encouraged boys and girls to get involved and volunteer by helping those in need right in their very own backyards. Rodney is a true definition of #BlackBoyJoy and has motivated young people to get active while doing social good. Rodney Smith plans to take his act global and reach every continent. Be sure to check out the Raising Men Lawn Care website to see if there’s any way you can get involved, donate, or spread the word about their incredible mission. Today we honor Rodney Smith Jr. as our Evolved Man of the Week.