By Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati Enquirer
A decade ago Tim Arnold of Northside hired one homeless youth to help with remodeling and landscaping.
The job offer was the catalyst for something bigger. Arnold went on to found Lawn Life, a nonprofit that provides jobs to young adults in need of work and a second chance. Since it's founding in 2008, Lawn Life has provided jobs and a second chance to nearly 840 young adults. Lawn Life is a also partner with Aiken New Tech High School.
The success of Arnold's effort has not gone unnoticed.
On Tuesday he was in Washington, D.C., to receive the highest public service award possible at the Jefferson Awards, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Outstanding Public Service Benefitting Local Communities.
The award is part of the larger Jefferson Awards program, which was created in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft Jr. of Cincinnati, and Sam Beard. The Jefferson Awards is a program of the nonprofit Multiplying Good and the awards are designed to be the Nobel Prize of community service.