The Mission

On May 10, 2017, I did something that I had never done before; I traveled to all 50 states (driving to 48 and flying to Alaska & Hawaii) mowing lawns free for the elderly, disabled, single moms, and veterans. The purpose of this trip was to make more people aware of the Raising Men Lawn Care Service and to encourage kids to accept the 50-yard challenge. On May 7th, 2018, I plan to do the same, but this time things will be even bigger in three key areas.


This time around I have three main goals: (1) to teach kids about lawn mower safety, (2) talk to kids about the importance community service, and (3) encourage kids to take up the 50-yard challenge. In addition to going to each state mowing lawns, I plan to stop at schools and community organizations to talk to kids about lawn mower safety, community service, and the 50-yard challenge. I also plan to have at least 1-2 kids at each lawn, if possible. I believe it is critical that kids get involved with doing community service and move away from playing video games and staying inside the house all the time. What better way to do that than to accept the 50-yard challenge! Also, I plan to make stops along the way to encourage the 60+ kids who have already taken the 50-yard challenge.


I will need your help again to get a lawn in each each state. I have released a map with a list of the cities I will be visiting. If you know anyone in, near or on the way to the cities, that meets the criteria (elderly, disabled, single moms or veterans), please go to the On the website, you can submit their information on the form. I will be mowing about three lawns per state. After mowing in the mornings, I plan to go to schools and community organizations.


I plan to do many things differently like: Going Facebook live at each lawn. I did this toward the end of my last trip. People enjoyed seeing me mowing the lawns. This time, I will make sure each one is live. I want you feel like you’re right there with me. I plan to keep you informed about everything I’ll be doing ahead of time, for those of you who would like come out and meet me or help out. Last year, the highlight of my trip was meeting different Raising Men Lawn Care Service family members along the way and this time around I plan to meet even more of you! I am super excited about this go around!


I plan to embark on this journey May 7th, 2018. If you would like to make a donation towards this venture, click the donation tab below.


Founder of Raising Men Lawn Care Service

-Rodney A Smith Jr