Next time you find young bucks in your yard, there’s a good chance they’re weeding your garden, not eating it, and they don’t have antlers.
Young Buck Services employs young men to do almost anything, from yard work to pet-walking or running errands.
Michael Burke, 19, graduated from Brookings-Harbor High School in 2008 and immediately went to work in sales in another state.
Things were going well for Burke until the economy fell apart. Although Burke had been a top salesman for his company he suddenly found that his commission-based wages were no longer enough to live on, so he returned to his family home in Brookings.
Meanwhile his friends Jeffrie Kosta, 19, Philip Doyle, 20, and Shane Zellinga, 21, also found themselves at the mercy of the economy.
“It’s rough getting work these days,” Burke said. “We figured if we couldn’t find work we’d make it.”
Thus Young Buck Services was born.
The group of young men all have previous experience working outside.
“It’s kind of a requirement to live in Brookings, he said.
Young Buck Services will bid for work or negotiate an hourly wage depending on the work needed.
The most unusual – and rewarding – work the group has been called on to do was when they were asked to drive a chemotherapy patient to Springfield for a chemo session, Burke said.
The group began the business as a way to help themselves but, if the group is successful, they may also provide additional employment.
While Young Buck Services began with the four friends, there are several other young men “on the waiting list” to join the group, Burke said.