In between college classes, Rodney Smith Jr. can usually be found mowing lawns.
On the surface, his schedule doesn’t look much different than it did a year ago, when he mowed lawns between classes for his undergraduate degree in computer science at Alabama A&M University.
And yet for the 20-something immigrant from Bermuda, everything has changed.
“I believe God gives you what you can handle, and I can handle this,” said Smith.
His organization, Raising Men Lawn Care Service, isn’t yet two years old. Smith and dozens of kids he mentors have mowed hundreds of yards at no charge for the elderly, disabled, veterans and single mothers in North Alabama who don’t have the ability or resources to keep their yards clean.
Raising Men Lawn Care Service is part lawn care, part youth program. Last April, Smith had about 20 kids, age 7-17, cutting lawns and working through a mentoring program where they learn the …