John C. Arwood, 1944-2022
Some called him “Papa Arwood” while others called him “Jack,” but all who knew him can attest to his character and unwavering faith. John C. Arwood was an ordained minister and leader of a nationwide waste management and portable sanitation provider, along with his son John D. Arwood.
When talking to John, it didn’t take long to realize that ministry and God were at the center of how he approached life. He was a deeply grateful man, famous for saying “Thank you, Jesus” in nearly every circumstance, good or bad. While he was proud of the family and business God blessed him with, his passion for serving others and following Christ steered every conversation. Everyone who spoke to John quickly knew his beliefs by his words and actions.
As a follower of Jesus since 1976 and full-time sanitation worker since 1984, John knew what it meant to serve the needs of others with humility, always displaying a commitment to honesty and his faith in Jesus. This commitment applied to not just his business and personal relationships, but to all areas of his life.
Remembering John: Sanitation Workers for Jesus
The purpose of this site is simple: to be a place of inspiration and support for the sanitation workers who, like John, tirelessly serve their communities every day. Sanitation workers face many unique challenges and dangers in an often thankless job. By sharing in the teaching of the Gospel and encouraging each other in our faith, we can stand together as Christian brothers and sisters while continuing John’s legacy of faith and service.
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. – John 13:34-35
When remembering his father, John D. Arwood always comes back to one thought – never will you meet a man who more faithfully lived his values. Striving to continue in his father’s footsteps, John sought to build a true, not-for-profit assembly of individuals from the Waste and Construction industry to enhance the quality of life for those in need, through donations of time or materials.
John’s intentions are to create a socially aware and ethical environment geared towards the cleaning of riverbanks, the building or repairing of handicap ramps, demolishing old sheds, and removing unwanted items to help beautify the community.
His goal is to inspire hope and contribute to the health and spiritual well-being of others by providing understanding, goodwill, and peace through the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. By involving young people in charitable acts, he hopes to instill the knowledge that helping others is, in itself, a rewarding experience to be valued.
HEBREWS 10:24 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds…”
John’s efforts reflect an unwavering dedication to achieving brotherhood, wanting the best conditions and comfort out of life for others.
You will never know what another person’s experience has been. As such, please remember to be empathetic and compassionate.