Category Archives: Community Service

Jasper Contractors Raises Thousands to Aid in Fight Against Breast Cancer

JasperAccording to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Although most people understand breast cancer is a life-threatening disease, the severity doesn’t fully set in until a loved one is diagnosed.

NBCF aims to educate women about breast cancer and provide health services for those who are economically disadvantaged.

Throughout October 2016, which was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, NRCA-member Jasper Contractors, Orlando, Fla., partnered with SPEC Building Materials to donate a portion of every roof system installation to NBCF to help the fight against breast cancer.

During the “Installs 4 The Cause” campaign, press releases were sent to local media before the kick off; pink door hangers were distributed throughout the month alerting homeowners about the campaign, and Jasper employees wore bright pink T-shirts in honor of breast cancer awareness. In addition, the campaign had its own hashtag, #Installs4TheCause.

Homeowners also were informed a portion of their roof system installations would be donated to NBCF. By the end of October 2016, “Installs for The Cause” raised $17,800 to fight breast cancer.

“This partnership was a great way to give back to the community and to the many people who have been affected by breast cancer,” says Brian Wedding, owner and CEO of EX Capital, parent company of Jasper Contractors Inc. “This campaign was a success on so many levels.”

“These funds will make a tremendous impact on the women we serve,” says Rebecca Anderson, marketing manager at NBCF. “We offer free screenings, breast health education and support services to women in need across the country.”

For additional information about “Installs 4 The Cause,” visit www.jasperroof.com/installs4thecause.

ANTIS ROOFING & WATERPROOFING HONORED WITH 2017 CNA/NRCA COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AWARD

In recognition of its continuous efforts to help the people of Orange County by keeping roofs over their heads and helping dozens of local charitable organizations, Antis Roofing & Waterproofing, Irvine, Calif., has been presented with the fifth annual CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award co-sponsored by the NRCA and CNA.

The award honors charitable works performed by NRCA contractor members.

Antis Roofing & Waterproofing was selected for its nonprofit organization The Antis Foundation. Founded in 2016, the Antis Foundation actively supports many local charities, including Habitat for Humanity, Orange County Ronald McDonald House, Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation and Alzheimer’s Orange County.

The Antis Foundation helps these organizations through its employee volunteer program, charitable grants, corporate and nonprofit collaborations, and pro-bono roofing work.

CNA awarded Antis Roofing & Waterproofing with $7,500 to be used in support of The Antis Foundation.

Additionally, second-place winner Advanced Roofing Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will receive $5,000 for its ongoing support of the Sonrise Mission, a faith-based rehabilitation program for adults with life-controlling dependency issues.

Third-place winner, Academy Roofing, Aurora, Colo., will receive $2,500 for its work with the Rose Andom Center, which assists victims of domestic violence.

The awards were presented March 2 during NRCA’s Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception held during NRCA’s 130th Annual Convention in Las Vegas.

NRCA Now Accepting Entries for Annual CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award

Fraizer_HabitatOnce again, CNA and NRCA are working together to honor charitable works by NRCA contractor members through the CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award. Submit any charitable project, activity or donation between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2016 for a chance to win up to $7,500 for your charity.

Three winning charities will be selected and will receive:

1st Place – $7,500

2nd Place – $5,000

3rd Place – $2,500

Winners will be notified by Jan. 17, 2017, and the awards will be presented at NRCA’s Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception during NRCA’s 130th Annual Convention in Las Vegas.

Any charitable project undertaken by an NRCA contractor member is eligible. Projects, activities or donations do not have to involve roofing work. For Example, funds raised for a cause or volunteer work at a children’s hospital would qualify.

Butcher_Toy DriveWinners will be selected by a panel of judges, who must have ample understanding of the charitable donation to best determine the winners. Therefore, all entries must include supporting information regarding the charitable work performed. In addition to a required 100-word description, a testimonial from the receiving charity explaining how the donation helped its operations is requested.

Submissions should also include additional supporting materials, including, photographs, press clippings and video.

All entries must be postmarked by Dec. 31.

For more an official entry form, and additional information on the CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award  visit http://www.nrca.net/roofing/CNA-NRCA-Community-Involvement-Award-722.

 

 

Fraizer Roofing Co. Helps Put Roofs Over the Heads of Needy Families in Northwest Tennessee

Fraizer_Habitat 3Habitat for Humanity in Northwest Tennessee builds homes for economically disadvantaged families by partnering with others to accelerate and broaden access to affordable housing as a foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty.

The organization serves Dyer County, Tenn. where 31.9 percent of low income households, who are renters, pay more than 35 percent of their income on housing.

As a small rural Habitat for Humanity affiliate, the organization faces greater struggles Fraizer_Habitatthan larger affiliates. It has been unable to secure federal grant funding, because it builds less than three homes per year. As a result the group must rely on smaller grants, individual donations, in-kind donations and the generosity of their local community.

One generous member of the community is NRCA member Fraizer Roofing Co., Dyersburg, Tenn., that has been partnering with Habitat for Humanity in Northwest Tennessee since 2001. Fraizer Roofing has installed 10 roof systems on homes at no cost, and has saved the organization more than $35,000 during the past fourteen years.

Fraizer Roofing’s generosity has helped put a roof over the heads of many families, including:

  • A family of three whose home was on the verge of condemnation, and was demolished within a month of moving into their new Habitat home.
  • A tornado victim whose home was lost during a storm’s destruction.
  • A single full-time working mother and her two children who were homeless and living in a camper trailer without running water for more than a year.
  • A retired grandmother who had taken custody of her two young grandsons who lost their mother to cancer.
  • A working mother and her four children who had been living in a two bedroom apartment.

“Fraizer Roofing Co. has an impeccable reputation in our community,” says Mary Claire Hopper, executive director for Habitat for Humanity in Northwest Tennessee. “Without the assistance from charitable businesses like Fraizer Roofing, Habitat for Humanity in Northwest Tennessee would not be able to help as many families in need in Dyer County.”

Gooding Group in the Nation’s Top 50 Donors to The Alzheimer’s Association

Nancy's Group CroppedJohn Gooding, dedicated more than 40 years of his life to the Gooding Group, Ephrata, Pa., which consists of NRCA Member companies GSM Roofing and GSM Industrial. However, in 2014 he changed his focus to caring for and supporting his wife, Mary, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.

The disease is a progressively worsening brain disorder that affects memory and cognitive thinking. This disease is characterized by deepening stages of dementia, and its victims often wander and are disoriented. It is estimated more than 5 million people in the U.S. currently suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.

The Alzheimer’s Association provides vital services and support to those individuals struggling with the disease, their families and caregivers. The Greater Pennsylvania Chapter serves 59 countries in western, central and northeastern Pennsylvania.

In 2014, GSM Roofing and GSM Industrial formed GSM Memory Marchers in honor of Mary Gooding. In its first year, GSM Memory Marchers came in first place in the state of Pennsylvania and in the top 50 in the nation with donations for The Alzheimer’s Association, with a total of $33,400 raised.

Mary Gooding’s battle with Alzheimer’s ended Feb. 11, 2015.

According to GSM Memory Marchers Walk to End Alzheimer’s page, “We are walking to raise funds and awareness to end this devastating disease. The community provided us with overwhelming support in our initial walk and we are hoping to surpass last year’s success. As a group, we want to show John that we care and can make a difference in battling this disease.”

As of September 25, 2015, GSM Memory Marchers have raised $52,206.

The 16th annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s proved to be the most successful yet, with more than $190,000 raised.

In addition, this year on the Summer Solstice, June 20, Mary Gooding’s son Reed is leading #AnHour4Alz a movement to raise awareness and unprecedented funds for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.  I’m going to ask every working person in America to donate 1 hour of their paycheck to the Alzheimer’s Association to support the caregivers and to work to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. For more information visit act.alz.org/site/TR?team_id=321755&fr_id=8480&pg=team.

Klein Contracting Corp. Brings Life to Veterans and Homeless Animals of Atlanta Humane Society

Pets for VetsTo many people, a dog is simply a companion, friend and family member. However, for a veteran who may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, the unconditional love and support a dog provides can mean the difference between simply existing and returning to a meaningful, balanced life as a civilian.

Atlanta’s Humane Society’s Companion Pets for Vets program is made possible through the support of organizations such as NRCA member Klein Contracting Corp., Doraville, Ga., which has provided support for the program since its launch in 2014. Financial support for this program funds adoption fees for companion animals for those who have served in the armed forces.

Studies have shown the simple act of caring for a dog decreases high blood pressure, cholesterol levels and feelings of loneliness, along with providing pet owners an increased likelihood of engaging in exercise, outdoor activities and socializing with others.

The suicide rate among U.S. veterans is extremely high, and there are not enough resources to support them.

Klein Contracting felt it is important for the community to find new ways to reverse this trend, so it created and worked on a project designed to increase the quality of life for combat veterans who may be struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder by matching them with companion animals.

Through the Companion Pets for Vets program, the Atlanta Humane Society has successfully adopted more than 220 animals for veterans within the metropolitan Atlanta. This not only proves a benefit to shelter animals, who have found a new opportunity for love and a permanent home, but it also provides a second chance for health and happiness for the veterans.

In 2008, Thomas Baez joined the military. As an Airborne Infantry Soldier, he spent more than four years fighting for in Afghanistan and Iraq and participated in humanitarian missions in Haiti. Oversees, he thought sleepless nights were normal. Upon returning home, sleeping became even more difficult, and he found himself depressed. That’s when he went to the Atlanta Humane Society and found Dagger, a black lab mix.

“Dagger helped me tremendously. The last thing I would’ve thought was he was going to rescue me,” Baez says. “I can sleep now. He is there with me every night. His love gave me a chance to give the world another try.”

The 28-year-old Atlanta native is a black belt in karate and now a karate instructor. He wants to share his story in hopes other Veterans will take advantage of this program and help an animal in need to find a forever home.

The organization also provides service dogs for children and adults who have physical disabilities, seizure conditions or other special needs.

NRCA Members Donate Roof to a Memorial for Fort Hood Shooting Victims

Fort Hood Memorial

The memorial for the victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting was dedicated in Kileen, Texas on March 11.

When NRCA member, Texas Roofing Co., Round Rock, was approached in 2015 by Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) about installing the metal roof system on a memorial in Killeen, Texas, to be dedicated to the 13 victims of the Nov. 5, 2009, shooting rampage at Fort Hood, company president Rick Birkman didn’t hesitate to accept.

He contacted Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based Peterson Aluminum/PAC-CLAD Metal Roofing who agreed to donate materials for the memorial’s 13-sided gazebo-style roof.

The Fort Hood memorial, was dedicated Friday, March 11.

The unique design of the memorial is meant to represent each life claimed in the Fort Hood attacks. Each of the 13 marble columns is etched with each victim’s name, rank and individual story. In addition, each column includes a replica of something that was important to each victim. Items include a coffee mug and a carving of Scooby Doo.

In addition, an opening in the center of the roof allows a large American flag to be flown.

“The memorial took a lot of time and a lot of care,” Birkman says.

During the March 11 dedication, 13 trees were planted for each of the victims, who were each awarded a Texas Purple Heart by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Each victim also was remembered with a national Purple Heart.