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NRCA Contractor Members Encouraged to Submit Charitable Projects for 2018 CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award

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CNA and NRCA once again are working together to honor charitable works by NRCA contractor members through the CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award. Roofing contractor members are encouraged to submit any charitable project, activity or donation that took place between Jan. 1, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2017 for a chance to win up to $7,500 for their charity.

Deadline for entries is Dec. 22!

Any charitable project undertaken by and 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.

Submission guidelines:

Members submitting entries are encouraged to create a Dropbox folder containing all materials noted below and email the Dropbox link to Charlotte Norgaard, NRCA’s media relations manager at cnorgaard@nrca.net by close of business Dec. 22.

  1. An entry form
  2. An in-depth description of the charitable work performed (a minimum 100-word description is required).
  3. A testimonial from the receiving charity explaining how the donation helped its operations
  4. Other relevant supporting materials including photos, videos, press clippings, etc.

The judging panel must have ample understanding of the charitable donation to best select winners. The winner of the People’s Choice award will be selected by the public via online voting.

If submitting by mail, complete entry form and include it with your entry package. All mailed entry packages must contain the same supporting material as electronic submissions and must be received by Dec. 22. Please do not staple entry materials.

Entries submitted by mail may be sent to Charlotte Norgaard, c/o 10255 W. Higgins Road, Suite 600, Rosemont, IL 60018.

Winners were acknowledged at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception during NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention in New Orleans.

For additional information and this year’s entry form visit www.nrca.net/roofing/CNA-NRCA-Community-Involvement-Award-722.

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NRCA CEO Reid Ribble Makes Statement Urging the Roofing Industry to Tap Into Its Giving Spirit by Helping Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Epic Flooding Inundates Houston After Hurricane HarveySince becoming NRCA’s CEO, I have frequently spoken about the tremendous generosity of the roofing industry and its willingness to donate time, money and resources to those in need.

As Hurricane Harvey continues to devastate residents of the Houston area, many in the roofing industry have been asking: “What can we do to help?”

There are many ways to help.

NRCA member SRS Distribution, McKinney, Texas and its SRS Raise the Roof Foundation has announced a two-week fundraising campaign dedicated to the direct relief and support for those affected by the hurricane. SRS will match 100 percent of all contributions received during this period, with all funds raised supporting relief organizations or, on a limited basis, directly to hurricane victims. Those who wish to donate may do so at  www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=5RN4VQ75LDH2E.

In addition, NRCA member Beldon Roofing Co., San Antonio, has alerted NRCA the San Antonio Food Bank is in immediate need of monetary donations to help feed the thousands of Houston’s residents who have fled to the hurricane. Contributions can be made at www.safoodbank.org.

NRCA and The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ Helping Our Own program will each be making $1,000 contributions to both organizations.

There also are countless additional organizations that have established campaigns to support those in Hurricane Harvey’s path. Following are a few.

American Red Cross

Feeding Texas

Salvation Army

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Texas

Greater Houston Community Foundation

United Way of Greater Houston

There are countless additional charitable agencies across the U.S. that have established funds to aid those affected by this terrible hurricane. NRCA continues to closely watch the hurricane as it progresses, and will alert the roofing industry of additional fundraising plans.

Thank you in advance for your generosity to those affected by this devastating event.

Tennessee Association of Roofing Contractors Raises $14,000 to Aid Families Affected by 2016 Wildfires

CHL_4265 copyOn April 21, members of the Tennessee Association of Roofing Contractors (TARC) hosted a golf tournament in Gatlinburg, Tenn. to raise funds for Gatlinburg’s Mountain Tough Recovery Team (MTRT), a foundation set up through the East Tennessee Foundation to help families who lost homes in the wildfires that spread through the state in late 2016.

MTRT was created to aid and support families who were adversely affected by the fires on November 28, 2016, that burned 1,800 homes and caused $500 million in damage to the tourism industry.

“It’s important for TARC to support the businesses in Tennessee, especially in times of need,” says TARC past-president Robert Smith, Jr. “There are still families displaced by these fires and businesses yet to be rebuilt.”
In lieu of TARC’s Scholarship Fund, TARC held a special silent auction and reception after the golf tournament to raise funds for fire victims. Items auctioned included Gatlinburg weekend getaway packages donated by the Gatlinburg Visitors Bureau.

TARC exceeded its goal of raising $10,000 for the foundation, raising $14,000.

“The MTRT will utilize these funds to assist the fire survivors with various unmet needs from medical assistance, the replacement of items such as small appliances to be used for food preparation, and assistance with utility costs in temporary housing,” said MTRT board chair Ellen Wilhort.

“It was a touching experience,” Smith says. “To be able to be part of the rebuilding process in these people’s lives made the event worthwhile. We as an organization should be honored to have been able to lend a hand to those in need.”

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Announces Partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities

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Partnership to provide roof system maintenance and repair to Ronald McDonald House locations nationwide.

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced its formal partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) to provide regular roof system inspections, repair and replacement for the 184 Ronald McDonald House locations in the U.S. The Alliance also will provide a monetary donation to RMHC Global to help fund program services and infrastructure.

RMHC helps families with sick children stay together and close to the medical care and resources their children need, when they need it most. The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress will provide support to the Ronald McDonald House program that offers much more than a place to stay. The Houses provide meals and the support and resources families need when their child is hospitalized or being treated at a hospital far from home. The House program allows families to focus solely on their child’s health and treatment, while RMHC takes care of the family.

“This collaboration will ensure the families staying at Ronald McDonald Houses will have a comfortable place to stay while their children are receiving the critical care that they need,” says Bennett Judson, executive director of The Alliance.

This partnership is also a strategic fit with the Charity’s commitment to environmental sustainability and the work they have done to ensure effective management of their Houses.

One or more members of The Alliance or NRCA will be identified to partner with local RMHC Chapters to provide needed roof system services at each location. Roof system replacements will be managed as individual projects, and, if necessary, several roofing contractors and manufacturers may be asked to contribute.

The partnership between the two organizations became official April 2017 during The Alliance’s member meeting in Coronado, Calif.

With work already begun with Chicago and Philadelphia area locations, The Alliance is looking forward to providing this critical piece of support to the RMHC System nationwide.

To learn more about this partnership or to connect with local Ronald McDonald Houses, please contact Bennett Judson at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7513 or bjudson@roofingindustryalliance.net.

Commercial Roofers Employees Donate to Provide Starving Children with Meals for A Year

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Founded in 1994, Convoy of Hope is a faith-based, nonprofit organization with a driving passion to feed the world through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreach and disaster response. Through its Children’s Feeding Initiative, Convoy of Hope promotes healthy children and communities that are free from poverty and hunger. The organization currently feeds nearly 150,000 children in the Philippines, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Haiti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Guatemala, South Africa and Tanzania.

NRCA member Commercial Roofers, Las Vegas, has been actively supporting Children’s Feeding Initiative since 2012 and has donated more than $20,000 to the organization during this time.

Sixty-five Commercial Roofers employees are supporting the Children’s Feeding Initiative by electing to have weekly or monthly payroll deductions that go toward the cause.

In 2016 alone, Commercial Roofing collected $12,000 from its employees for the initiative.

Many of the children enrolled in the Children’s Feeding Initiative have their only meal of the day at school – a meal provided by Convoy of Hope and its partners like Commercial Roofing.

“For every $10 donated by Commercial Roofers employees, we are able to feed a child for a month,” says Eric Neubauer, corporate relations director for Convoy of Hope. “To date, these employees have provided nearly 100 children food for an entire year.”

Commercial Roofers donations have given the children access to clean water and education, as well.

“On a basic level, the mission of Convoy of Hope is to give hope to hurting people around the world, be it in disaster response, child feeding programs, women’s empowerment, agriculture training or other initiatives the organizations sponsors,” says Scott Howard, president of Commercial Roofers and chairman of the Convoy of Hope Foundation.

Howard states Commercial Roofers involvement with Convoy for Hope and its Children’s Feeding Initiative allows its employees to contribute to an organization that contributes 90 percent of its donations to the intended cause rather than corporate expenses.

“Our team members know they are providing food to more than 100 children each and every day,” Howard says.

 

To Instill a Sense of Community, Sika Sarnafil has Sponsored IRE Community Service Day for Eight Years Running

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Volunteers doing much needed repairs on a Las Vegas area home for the 2017 IRE Community Service Day.

For eight years, in conjunction with the International Roofing Expo® (IRE), Informa partners with Rebuilding Together® for the annual IRE Community Service Day. It has become an honored tradition that enables members of the roofing industry to give back to the communities where IRE events have taken place by spending the day renovating area homes of families in need.

Sika Sarnafil recognized the value in the Community Service Day as a way of supporting these local communities as well as a great opportunity to bring together various members of the roofing industry to work together to help others. Sika Sarnafil was one of the earliest supporters of the event.

During each Community Service Day, volunteers donate their time to do much needed tasks, including roof system repair or replacement, painting, landscaping and repairing electrical appliances such as air conditioning.

Families who receive the donated services would otherwise not be able to afford to make the needed repairs.

“Since year one, we saw how much these events meant to those receiving aid from the roofing industry, and it felt like a great annual tradition,” says William Bellico, director of marketing and inside sales for Sika Sarnafil. “You really can’t overrate how much it means to those receiving aid.”

Sika Sarnafil is a corporation that strongly believes in giving back to the communities it serves, not only through financial means but also in donating personal time to charitable events such as IRE’s Community Service Day.

“If you talk to a lot of people at our company, you’ll often hear comments about how it feels like a family even though we’re part of a large corporation,” Bellico says. “Our management recognizes the importance of helping foster great community events and instilling that sense of community within our company and the roofing industry in general.”

As Part of United Way Day of Caring, R.H. Marcon Inc. Replaces Roof System on Group Home for Disabled Individuals

MarconFounded in 1972, Strawberry Fields, State College, Pa., provides comprehensive services and support that enhances the lives of individuals with developmental delays, intellectual disabilities and mental illness, and their families.

In August 2016, NRCA member R.H. Marcon Inc., State College, was approached by the Centre County United Way to assist the Strawberry Fields group home facility as part of the 2016 United Way Day of Caring, one of the largest annual volunteer events in the area, that took place Oct. 6.

Strawberry Fields’ 2,500-square-foot three-tab shingle roof system was extremely old and in immediate need of replacement.

R.H. Marcon agreed to donate free labor to replace the roof system with shingles and caps donated by IKO Roofing Products.

On the United Way Day of Caring, a crew of six R. H. Marcon workers tore off the existing shingles and installed the new shingles on the roof system. The crew completed the majority of the project in one day. However, a few workers returned for half of the day Oct. 7 to complete the project. The cost of the new roof system including labor and materials, was estimated to be $8,500.

“R.H. Marcon was excited and proud to have helped Strawberry Fields and the Centre County United Way by donating labor and helping arrange for the donation of material so Strawberry Fields could receive a new roof system,” says Paul Tomczuk, president of R.H. Marcon.

“As a nonprofit, because of our dedication to our consumers and staff, the facilities don’t receive the much-needed care and maintenance of bigger ticket items like roofs,” says Cynthia Pasquineli, CEO of Strawberry Fields. “Our facility is now a safer, warmer and drier home for our consumers.”

For more information about R.H. Marcon, visit www.rhmarcon.com.