NJ man laid off due to pandemic launches free service mowing lawns for seniors, veterans

Brian Schwartz
Brian Schwartz of Wayne, N.J. decided to get out and do some good after losing his job due to COVID-related cuts. He's now mowing lawns for seniors and disabled veterans, free of charge. Photo credit Brian Schwartz

WAYNE, N.J. (WCBS 880) — A New Jersey man who lost his job during the height of the coronavirus pandemic has found a new purpose helping seniors and disabled veterans.

In June, digital advertising exec Brian Schwartz was laid off due to COVID-related cuts.

Instead of moping around while filling out job applications, the 39-year-old husband and father-to-be from Wayne decided to get out and do some good.

He volunteered his services, offering free, socially distanced lawn mowing for senior citizens and veterans in parts of northern New Jersey.

"It's a feeling you can't explain," Schwartz tells WCBS 880's Sean Adams. "Who knows what these people have been through, just seeing the news and life in general."

He launched I Want To Mow Your Lawn, which after a successful fundraising campaign on GoFundMe, is now a non-profit organization and it's expanding.

Volunteers are revving up their lawn mowers in four states. They're clearing leaves now and they might shovel snow come winter — all free of charge.

I Want To Mow Your Lawn
I Want To Mow Your Lawn volunteers help a Korean War vet in Fair Lawn Photo credit Brian Schwartz

Schwartz's story grabbed national and international headlines, inspiring people all across globe.

"I'm hearing from people across other states sending nice comments," Schwartz said. "It gives them some kind of hope and inspiration amongst all this darkness that we're all experiencing."