Category Archives: Community Service

NRCA Member Frye Roofing Inc. Featured on Mike Rowe’s Returning the Favor

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NRCA member Frye Roofing Inc., Bluefield, W.Va., recently appeared in the season finale of Mike Rowe’s Returning the Favor, a web-based television series that follows television personality Mike Rowe as he travels across the U.S. in search of people who are giving back to their communities. Each show concludes with those being profiled receiving surprise donations that enable them to continue their charitable works.

Frye Roofing was featured in “Standing With Coal Country,”an episode profiling the Five Loaves & Two Fishes Food Bank Inc. in Welch, W.Va. The Food Pantry serves 15,000 residents in McDowell County, a once thriving coal mining region. With most of the areas coal mines now closed, its remaining residents suffer from high unemployment and poverty.

Two years ago, Frye Roofing bid on a project to replace the Five Loaves & Two Fishes’ Food Bank’s failing roof system. The roof system had deteriorated so severely, the food pantry was in danger of closing.

When the Five Loaves & Two Fishes Food Bank caught the attention of Mike Rowe and his production team, they stepped in and got the job moving.

Frye Roofing donated the labor for the project, and NRCA members ABC Supply Co. Inc. and Carlisle Construction Materials donated materials. All were instrumental in completing what normally would have been a two-week project in just two days and providing the food pantry with a new $80,000 roof system at no charge.

To see “Standing With Coal Country” in its entirety view the link below.

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Venture Construction Group of Florida Raises Awareness for Domestic Violence with Annual Fundraiser

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In 2013, after fighting in a violent domestic dispute to protect her children, Boca Raton, Fla., resident Gemma Burkaloff lost her life at the hands of her husband.

This tragedy struck NRCA member Venture Construction Group of Florida (VCGFL), Boca Raton, especially hard. Operations manager Sandra Lawson is Burkaloff’s sister. She now is the co-founder of the Gemma’s Angels Foundation, which launched in 2014. It is dedicated to raising awareness to end domestic violence in honor of Burkaloff’s heroic fight to save her children.

Each year, VCGFL hosts a fundraiser to benefit the Gemma’s Angels Foundation as well as Aid to Victims of Domestic Violence (AVDA).

AVDA provides a state-certified domestic violence shelter, offering a comprehensive array of services for victims of domestic violence, including a 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency and transitional housing, advocacy, counseling, and support to help them live violence free and self-sufficient lives.

The fundraiser, The Kendra Gives Back Party, took place on December 13, 2017, and was co-hosted with leading fashion accessories designer Kendra Scott. The party was open to the public and included a shopping event featuring Kendra Scott accessories. Twenty percent of all sales proceeds went to benefit Gemma’s Angels Foundation and AVDA. The event raised $5,000 with $2,500 donated to each organization.

According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, more than one in three women and more than one in four men in the U.S. have experienced physical violence and/or stalking by a spouse or significant other in their lifetime. The National Coalition of Domestic Violence states domestic violence is prevalent in every community, gender, race, religion or nationality.

“It is so important to continuously raise awareness about domestic violence. This is a tragic and pervasive issue that isn’t going to magically disappear,” Lawson says. “It doesn’t affect one person. It affects an entire family.”

Plans for a 2018 VCGFL Kendra Gives Back Party are currently being finalized and will take place later this year.

In addition, VCGFL and Gemma’s Angels will sponsor and participate in the Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence Walk in Marco Island, Fla., in October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. VCGL is planning a toy drive to benefit children living at AVDA in December. For more information, visit http://www.vcgfl.com.

Kalkreuth Roofing’s Annual Golf Outing is the Largest Fundraising Event for Local Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center

rwp savannaFor NRCA member Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal, Wheeling, W. Va., its 11-year partnership with the Edouard S. Ziegler Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center has always made sense.

“It’s a remarkable organization with a heartfelt commitment to serve those living with disabilities in our local community and beyond,” says John Kalkreuth, president and CEO of Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal. “We are humbled by the opportunity to provide a donation that continues to grow each year.”

Their annual event, the Kalkreuth Amatuer Golf Classic Benefiting Easter Seals at Oglebay Resort’s Crispin Golf Course, raised more than $22,000 for Easter Seals in June 2017. Overall, the golf outing has raised more than $60,000 since the event’s inception.

This year’s event will take place July 14-15.

In recent years, Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal’s national vendor partners include ABC Supply Co. Inc., Beloit, Wis.; Johns Manville, Denver; Beacon Roofing Supply Inc., Herndon, Va.; Firestone Building Products, Nashville; and Allied Building Products Corp., East Rutherford, N.J. Sponsor support has provided extra revenue that has significantly increased Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal’s annual donation to Easter Seals.

“It’s our biggest third-party fundraising event,” says Melissa Marco, community relations krsm.jpgdirector at the Edoard S. Ziegler Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center. “The funds they raise are huge for our organization.”

Easter Seals provides children and adults with special needs with services that include medical rehabilitation, speech therapy, physical therapy, mental health services, day care and autism services.

The Edouard S. Ziegler Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center currently serves more than 2,000 children and provides nearly 20,000 home visits per year. No child seeking Easter Seals’ services is turned away.

The support provided by Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal has played a significant role in furthering Easter Seals’ mission of creating solutions that change lives for children and adults with special needs.

“Without Kalkreuth Roofiing and Sheet Metal’s continued friendship, the good work that happens at our center each day would not be possible,” says Jay Prager, CEO of the Edoard S. Ziegler Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center. “Their involvement helps Easter Seals to continue providing services to the many children and adults with special needs and their families in our area.”

Reliant Roofing Provides Free Roof Systems with “Every Shingle Heart” Initiative

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Three recipients from the 2017 “Every Shingle Heart Initiative” upon learning they each will be receiving a new roof system donated by Reliant Roofing.

When Sean Shapiro and Cameron Shouppe founded Reliant Roofing in Jacksonville, Fla., in 2015, they knew they wanted community service to play a large role in their operations.

“We live in a community- and- people oriented area,” says Shapiro, CEO of Reliant Roofing. “Helping our neighbors was something we knew would play a big role in our company.”

After Hurricane Matthew hit the Jacksonville area in September 2016, it became clear there was a great need among residents for roof system repair and replacement, but many could not afford it. As a result, in 2017, Reliant Roofing fulfilled its goal of helping their neighbors in need by launching its “Every Shingle Heart” initiative, aimed at donating a free roof system replacement to a Jacksonville family.

Jacksonville residents were encouraged to nominate someone, such as a family member,

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The home of a “Every Shingle Heart” recipient after completion of their new roof system.

friend or neighbor in need of a roof system replacement. Shapiro and Shouppe initially had intended to donate one roof system, but after hearing the many heartfelt stories from nominees, they decided to choose three families to receive new roof systems.

“People don’t have homeowner’s insurance or have been denied on their claim,” Shapiro says. “They will put a tarp on their roof, and that’s the way they live.”

This year’s nominations for “Every Shingle Heart” are being accepted through July 31. Reliant Roofing once again will choose three families to receive new roof systems. All the work is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

“What we’re really good at is roofing. And that’s what we can give back to our community,” Shapiro says. “Seeing a family’s reaction and the relief they feel from finally having a new safe, dry roof system only reinforces our commitment to Every Shingle Heart.”

To nominate someone for “Every Shingle Heart,” visit www.reliantroofing.com.

Texas Roof Management Restores Roof System of Historic Dallas Mansion

IMG_0589Built in 1904, the Alexander Mansion is a historic Dallas landmark and the last remaining house in its original form along Ross Avenue, which was once lined with stately mansions. In 1930, the mansion was purchased by the Dallas Woman’s Forum, the first woman’s departmental group in Texas. It has been home to the historic women’s group ever since.

The Dallas Women’s Forum’s mission during the past century has focused on servicing the needs of the community, especially women, children and those who cannot always help themselves. The Alexander Mansion also is used as a meeting place for other non-profit organizations, educational and historical tours, and for community events such as recitals and concerts.

In recent years, the Alexander Mansion has fallen into a state of severe disrepair that included a 50-year-old roof system in dire need of replacement. Over the years, multipleIMG_0505 leaks in the roof had caused extensive damage to the inside of the building, including a wall that was cracking and about to fall away from the building, partially due to the moisture.

Without a roof system replacement, the mansion would have deteriorated to the point that it would need to be demolished. However, The Dallas Women’s Forum didn’t have the funds to pay for the $178,000 replacement.

NRCA member Texas Roof Management Inc., Richardson, Texas stepped in to remove the existing roof system and replace it. The roofing work included a deck replacement, parapets wall repairs and installation of a vapor barrier. They also raised the insulation to R-25 and applied a two-ply polymer-modified bitumen roof system for code compliance.

Texas Roof Management viewed the project as a unique opportunity to work on a project of major historical significance to the Dallas community.

Now that the roof system of the Dallas Women’s Forum has been replaced and the leaks have been eliminated, the organization is able to proceed the remaining repairs to the building’s structure.

“Without the incredible support of Texas Roof Management, we would have been unable to repair and preserve one of Dallas’ rare jewels,” says Wanda Hensley, president of the board of the Dallas Woman’s Forum.

Once restoration of the Alexander Mansion is complete, the goal of the Dallas Women’s Forum is to open the mansion to the community and school children as a resource for learning about the history of Dallas.

Tri-County Roofing and Sheet Metal Provides Consistent, Significant Support to Maryland’s Veterans

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In 2014, when Todd Mitchell, director at Business Advocates for Veterans, Westminster, Md., needed assistance with his organization’s charitable efforts, he immediately thought of turning to Michael and Rebecca Drayer, owners of NRCA member Tri-County Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc., Westminster, Md.

“They have a strong reputation for giving back to their community,” Mitchell says. “They are wonderful people.”

Business Advocates for Veterans is a volunteer organization that promotes the hiring of veterans, assists them in obtaining employment and supports community projects to benefit veterans. In the three years since Mitchell approached the Drayers, they have provided consistent and significant support for the organization.

Most recently, Tri-County Roofing and Sheet Metal donated the repair of the roof system of a struggling veteran family with two children, provided monetary donations to numerous veteran families who were in need and supported the American Legion’s Adopt a Family at Christmas initiative by sponsoring four needy families.

Over Memorial Day weekend 2017, Tri-County Roofing and Sheet Metal played an instrumental role in honoring fallen veterans by purchasing 9,000 U.S. flags for a Memorial Day service with the purchase of 9,000 flags. The flags represented the Maryland service men and service women who have died in U.S. wars and conflicts since World War I.

In addition, the company donated a crane and light set to display a 30-foot U.S. flag that hung above the 9,000 smaller flags.

Because of the company’s generosity to Maryland’s veterans, Tri-County Roofing and Sheet Metal was recognized in 2017 as the Carroll County Veteran Friendly Employer of the Year in honor of all it has done to improve the community.

“The impact of their support and contributions have been incredible for a small family-owned business,” Mitchell says. “Our community is blessed to have people like Michael and Rebecca Drayer.”

Double D Roofing & Sheet Metal Honored With 2018 CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award

In recognition for its years of work helping mentally, emotionally and physically challenged individuals, Double D Roofing & Sheet Metal of York, Pa., has been presented with the sixth annual CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award sponsored by NRCA and CNA.

The award honors charitable works performed by NRCA contractor members.

For more than 19 years, Double D Roofing & Sheet Metal has worked with Shadowfax, an organization that provides services to developmentally disabled adults and helps them gain skills to find meaningful work. Double D Roofing & Sheet Metal ships Firestone Building Products’ screws and metal insulation plates to Shadowfax, and workers pre-assemble the screws and plates to be installed on roof systems.

Some Shadowfax workers enjoy the task so much they feel as though they are employees of Double D Roofing & Sheet Metal and Firestone Building Products, and they wait eagerly for trucks to arrive so they can begin their work for the day.

CNA awarded Double D Roofing & Sheet Metal with $7,500 to be presented to Shadowfax.

Additionally, second-place winner Action Roofing Hawaii LLC, Kapolei, Hawaii, received $5,000 for donating materials and labor to install new standing-seam metal roof systems for Kahauki Villages, a project that helps homeless families settle into long-term, affordable housing.

Third-place winner, O’LYN Roofing, Norwood, Mass., received $2,500 for its work with The Home for Little Wanderers, whose mission is to ensure the healthy, behavioral, emotional, social and educational development and physical well-being of at-risk children and families.

In addition, for the first year CNA and NRCA added a People’s Choice Award, which was selected by public online voting on NRCA’s website. The winner of the People’s Choice Award, Tecta America, Cumming, Ga., received $1,500 for its work with Special Needs and Treats Inc., a nonprofit company that focuses on providing special needs adults with training in catering and provides catered food to local food ministries, elderly care facilities, and women and children’s shelters.

The awards were presented Feb. 7 during NRCA’s Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception held during NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention in New Orleans.