Category Archives: Community Service

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


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

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

Food for Children

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

Community Service Day

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

Aloha Construction Provides Four Sisters in Need with Shopping Spree for New Toys

In August 2016, the Dave Farbaky Foundation, the charitable branch of NRCA member Aloha Construction Inc., Lake Zurich, Ill., partnered with Learning Express Toys to launch the Constructing Childhood Memories: Shopping Spree for local children in need.

Shopping Spree 1David Farbaky, founder of the foundation and of Aloha Contruction chose to launch a shopping spree for a family facing hard times. He contacted OMNI Youth Services, Buffalo Grove, Ill. to select a family to participate in the event, which was intended as a launching point for future charitable events.

OMNI gives youth in crisis a chance to learn new skills, gain positive emotional and physical health, connect with stronger support systems, and envision brighter and happier futures.

The family chosen, a single mother and four young girls, was dealing with many difficult issues, including depression and poverty.

The four girls were given a walk-through of the Learning Express store. They were then given large garbage bags and sixty seconds each to grab as many items as they could before checkout. The girls were then surprised with an additional 30 seconds as a family to grab any items they missed.

Each girl filled about eight to 10 bags, and took home about $7,000 worth of new toys.

The mother decided to place the toys in storage to bring out for the girls’ birthdays and holidays because she often has little to give during those times.

“This became a learning lesson for the whole family on making things last, thankfulness and saving for the future,” says Chrissy Trilling-Raices, chief development officer of OMNI Youth Services.

For more information about the David Farbaky Foundation and Aloha Construction, visit

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


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.