Calvin Hayes, Sr. (Cal) grew up on a small farm in Chase City, Virginia. As a child, he often worked in the fields before dawn until past sunset with his three sisters and three brothers. While he loved the hard work, he knew he wanted to be independent and to improve his financial status. To do this, he left Chase City the fall after his high school graduation. Moving to Philadelphia, he lived near five siblings. This allowed him to maintain family ties while working in cleaning services in addition to his full time job. It was in Philadelphia that he met and married his first wife, Chris, and had two sons, Bruce and Calvin, Jr.
In 2011, Cal retired and moved to Richmond to marry his wife, Val. After redecorating their home and landscaping the front and back, he found he missed working. At the same time, he was reminded of the need for scholarships for college students and jobs for people without a work history. He began Cal’s Cleaning Crew adding to his principles, the goals of raising scholarship money and giving new job seekers an opportunity.