Rutter Roofing Awards a New Roof to Army Veteran

Army veteran David Gardner received a new roof from Rutter Roofing. Pictured (from left) are Dave Gardner, David Gardner and Joan Gardner.

Retired Army sergeant David Gardner of Harleysville, Pennsylvania, has been selected as the winner of Rutter Roofing’s Memorial Day Giveaway. As winner of the veteran-aimed promotion, Gardner will receive a brand-new roof system courtesy of Rutter Roofing. 

Rutter Roofing, a full-service, family-owned and -operated exterior remodeling company located in Malvern, Pennsylvania, held the giveaway in the weeks leading up to Memorial Day. Gardner was unknowingly entered into the giveaway by his son, Dave, who saw it posted on the company’s Facebook page. 

“I was totally shocked,” said Gardner. “When [Rutter Roofing] called and told me I had won a new roof, I actually dropped my phone and broke it. When I picked up my new phone and returned the call, all I could say was, ‘You’re kidding?’” 

As a young man, Gardner volunteered for the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War, where he rose to the rank of Platoon Sergeant in the Fourth Infantry Division. After the war, Gardner built a career with the Ellis Coffee Company of Philadelphia, where he was the first employee promoted from the service department to the sales team. Now, fully retired, Gardner spends most of his free time painting. 

Jackie Blinebury, director of business development at Rutter Roofing, said the company created the giveaway as part of its Community/Service/Leadership (C.S.L.) pledge, which focuses on charitable giving efforts each fiscal quarter. According to Blinebury, Gardner was the perfect candidate to receive a new roof because his current roof is more than two decades old. 

“The average life of a basic roof system is about 20 years,” said Blinebury. “There was a spot that had started to leak and the plywood underneath was weak and ready for replacement. We will be installing an Integrity Roof System with Landmark shingles from CertainTeed, so the Gardner family won’t have to worry about their roof for a long time. The extended warranty that comes with it — which covers the installing workmanship and the roofing materials — will give them additional peace of mind.”

“A roof is perhaps the most crucial component of keeping your home and belongings safe, but it’s also a major investment that many people put off due to the cost,” Blinebury continued. “This was a great opportunity for us to help someone who fought to protect our nation, and it makes all of us here feel proud to say we work for Rutter Roofing.”

“Any donation is always a good thing, but this was perfect because we had just finished discussing repairs to the house that need to be done,” said Gardner. “Their representatives presented to us in person at our front door with their smiles. Rutter Roofing has given my wife and I a wonderful gift.” 

For more information, visit www.rutterroofing.com.

Garland Raises $56,000 for Santa’s Hide-A-Way Hollow Charity

As a part of its annual charity fund-raising event, The Garland Company, Inc. raised $56,000 to support Santa’s Hide-A-Way Hollow in its efforts to bring the spirit of Christmas joy to seriously and terminally ill children and their families year-round. Garland’s Spirit Week, now in its tenth year, is a weeklong event held at the company’s headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, dedicated to raising money for worthy causes through various fund-raising activities. Garland’s corporate employees as well as its sales representatives located through the United States, Canada and the U.K. all participated in the week of giving.

Garland’s support extended beyond just monetary contributions as many employees spent time volunteering at “The Hollow” – a 93-acre private park in Middlefield, Ohio, complete with elves, reindeer, a toy shop and bakery. “The Hollow” is designed to mimic the North Pole with every detail meticulously planned to create a truly magical escape for sick children and their families.

Garland employees Halle Trapp (left) and Taylor Miller help paint a fence on a pergola at Santa’s Hide-A-Way Hollow in Middlefield, Ohio. Several Garland employees volunteered their time at the private park in support of the charity.

Santa’s Hide-A-Way Hollow was founded in 1981 to bring the magic of Christmas to a family’s home, a hospital or to welcome friends and family members to the “The Hollow.” The personalized and extravagant memories this organization creates give families a very special Christmas celebration any time of year. The organization is 100 percent volunteer driven – no one receives a salary or fee.

“I am reminded every year during Spirit Week how truly incredible Garland’s employees are,” said Scott Craft, Garland’s vice president and general manager. “Even after doing this for 10 years, our employees are still just as enthusiastic and giving as they were the first year.” 

For more information, visit www.garlandco.com

Polyglass Helps Fight Cancer With the Dolphins Cancer Challenge Partnership

Polyglass U.S.A., Inc., announced that it will support the Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) for the third consecutive year. The Challenge will take place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on April 6. As a “Fighter Partner,” Polyglass helps the DCC raise funds for innovative cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Polyglass employees will walk, run, and bike as part of the charitable event.

“This opportunity to support the fight against cancer aligns perfectly with our values as a company,” said Scott Lelling, director of strategic marketing. “We are proud to support life-saving research that touches so many in our communities.”

The DCC is dedicated to improving lives by financially supporting cancer research at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (SCCC) at the University of Miami. Since 2010, DCC participants have raised over 27.5 million dollars for the SCCC.

For more information on the DCC visit https://dolphinscancerchallenge.com/.

For more information about Polyglass, visit polyglass.us.

Garland Receives Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service

Garland was recently honored with a Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service for its annual tradition of supporting non-profit organizations through fun, creative and thoughtful fundraising. Garland’s philanthropic initiative called Spirit Week began in 2010 with Garland employees helping raise more than $400,000 for charities in northeast Ohio and across the country over the last nine years. The company was honored at an event Thursday, December 6 along with seven other 2018 Pillar Award honorees.

Garland’s Spirit Week initially began as a weeklong fundraising event, but has since transformed into a several months long initiative that kicks off well before the official date in May. Garland has supported a variety of charities throughout the years, including Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity, Ohio Cancer Research and most recently, the Achievement Centers for Children. In addition to providing Garland employees with a way to give back to the community, Spirit Week has also served as a way for employees to support their fellow partners through cancer diagnoses.

In 2013, Garland supported the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, an organization that funds lung cancer research and advocacy. The organization was providing help, support and comfort to the wife of a California-based Garland sales rep after she was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer at 28 years old. One of Garland’s own board members was also battling the disease.

Three years later, two more Garland family members received cancer diagnoses. Once again, Garland’s employees rallied behind their colleagues not only by offering support personally and professionally, but also by raising money for Ohio Cancer Research, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding aggressive cancer research.

“Garland’s employees truly have embraced the goal of Spirit Week, which has always been to support non-profit organizations who are doing so much good in our local community and also across the country,” said Chuck Ripepi, Garland’s CFO. “To see the impact we’ve had over the years through our fundraising and volunteerism is what keeps us going year after year. Spirit Week has become part of who we are as an organization.”

Garland’s 2019 Spirit Week charity is Santa’s Hide-A-Way Hollow, a completely volunteer-run organization that brings the spirit of Christmas joy to seriously and terminally ill children and their families all throughout the year.

For more information, visit www.garlandco.com

TAMKO and Mayberry Construction Join Forces to Provide a New Roof in Time for Giving Tuesday

TAMKO Building Products, Mayberry Construction and dozens of generous individuals all played a part in easing the burdens of a hardworking single mother by providing the materials and labor to install a new roof.

The roof was in desperate need of repairs and the estimated cost to replace the shingles was $15,000. The homeowner was looking for a second job to pay for the repair costs when a community effort to replace her roof took off.

“No one person could do it all, but we all did what we could, and together it made a world of difference to her,” said Jeff Koch, a member of Christ’s Community Methodist Church where the Joplin mother attends, and the person who started the effort to get her a new roof.

TAMKO, headquartered in Joplin for nearly 75 years, donated the roofing for the project, and Mayberry Construction, a well-known local builder, donated the installation. Dozens of community and church members donated toward the rest of the project costs and the roof was completed just in time for the homeowner to celebrate Thanksgiving with her children in their newly-repaired home.

“We’ve been in Joplin for nearly 75 years – the people here are our neighbors, co-workers and friends,” said David Humphreys, TAMKO President and CEO. “When we see a need in our community, we love to help out where we can.”

Jake Mayberry of Mayberry Construction agreed, saying there’s something special about getting to meet a need in your own community: “This is our community, and we feel, both as individuals and as a business, that it is important to help each other out.”

The need was brought to Mayberry and TAMKO’s attention through a local nonprofit organization that described the recipient as a “Single mom trying her best to be a provider. She is the kind of person that we love to take care of. She is not a person that expects to get something for nothing.”

Created by the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact in New York City in 2012, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is meant to kick off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. In 2018, #GivingTuesday will be celebrated on November 27. Get more information at www.givingtuesday.org.

For more information about TAMKO, visit www.TAMKO.com.

TAMKO Donates Roof For Patriot PAWS Service Dogs Project

Patriot PAWS Service Dogs, a Texas-based nonprofit organization that trains and provides service dogs to disabled American veterans at no cost, will open a new guest home to accommodate traveling veterans from across the country while they’re paired with a new service dog – all thanks to generous donations from a group of manufacturers and contractors, including The Dallas Builders Association and TAMKO Building Products Inc.

The new Patriot PAWS guest home is scheduled to be completed in late 2018. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom home is ADA compliant and can host veterans as they go through the two-week process of being paired with a service dog. During this period, veterans live and train with their dogs at the guest house, before returning home. The service dogs and use of the new guest home are provided at no cost to the veterans.

This project was made possible through donations from multiple manufacturers, distributors and contractors, and through a partnership with the Dallas Builders Association. Builder Captains for this project were Donnie Evans and Gregg McGriff of Altura Homes and Mike Mishler of Mishler Builders.

“Although Patriot PAWS is located in Texas, their impact is felt nationwide, and we are proud to have members who generously help when called upon,” said Sheena Beaver, education director and executive administrator for the Dallas Builders Association. “Without TAMKO’s donation, this project would have been financially burdensome and this beacon of hope would still be just a dream.”

This is the first Patriot PAWS project for TAMKO, but support for veterans is a longtime focus of the Missouri-based building products manufacturer, which donated the roof system for the new facility.“Between Hero Flights, Honor Flights and roof donations for wounded vets, TAMKO has a long history of supporting our heroes,” said TAMKO President and CEO David Humphreys. “And we appreciate what veterans bring to the job – more than 15 percent of our employees have a military background. When we heard about the Patriot PAWS organization, we knew that we wanted to find a way to support them in the important work that they’re doing for veterans.”

Patriot PAWS provides a crucial and much-needed service. Patriot PAWS receives around 400 requests for service dogs every month from people across the nation. The process to raise and train a service dog takes approximately two years and can cost up to $34,000. Since its start in 2006, Patriot PAWS has placed 187 service dogs and has 92 veterans on a waiting list.

“We owe veterans far more than we can ever repay, but we’re doing what we can, four paws at a time,” said Lori Stevens, founder and executive director of Patriot PAWS Service Dogs. “We admire companies like TAMKO that realize and appreciate the true value of veterans.”

The service dogs are trained by volunteers, other veterans, inmates in the Texas Corrections System, and students from the University of North Texas. Patriot PAWS’ 3-acre location includes a 25-run kennel facility and a dedicated training facility. Between the training facility and the Prison Training Program, the organization can train about 60 dogs at a time, and places 10 to 15 service dogs with veterans every year.

For more information about Patriot PAWS, visit http://patriotpaws.org/.

For more information about TAMKO, visit www.TAMKO.com.

Atlas Roofing Partners with Veterans Community Project for Phase Two of Veterans Housing Village

Atlas Roofing Corporation, in partnership with the Veterans Community Project (VCP), will begin Phase Two construction for the Veterans Housing Village in Kansas City, Missouri. The Veterans Community Project’s housing village is a specialized community of 50 tiny homes that provide transitional housing and address the underlying cause of veteran homelessness.

Phase Two of the project officially begins with the Atlas Build Day on August 8. Atlas employees, contracting partners and VCP leaders will be on the site to begin the construction of more than 13 tiny homes, which will be added to the existing neighborhood of finished homes, a community center and resource facility of full-time staff of case managers to assist the veterans. The addition of Phase Two will make more room for homeless veterans, where they can seek rehabilitation, job assistance services, and support from their peers in a safe environment.

“Our partnership with Atlas Roofing has been instrumental in the successful completion of our first veteran village development,” said Brandonn Mixon, co-founder and Chief Project Officer at Veterans Community Project. “Thanks to the high-performance value that the Atlas products offer, I am confident that our residents will stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer while we keep our energy costs low.”

Atlas is collaborating with key partners and volunteers to provide specialized services and on-site contractor support. Partners, including ABC Supply Company and JR Roofing, will be donating time and/or services for the construction. The Build Day event will focus on the installation of Atlas EnergyShield, a foil faced polyiso continuous insulation for residential and commercial exterior walls. Meeting all building standards, the EnergyShield product allows for short term savings and long-term energy efficiencies.

Phase Two of the Veterans Village will consist of 13 tiny homes that will house homeless veterans and assist in their mission to end veteran homelessness. VCP has set a goal to complete Phase Two by Veterans Day 2018 and will rely on the support of the community, donors and volunteers to make this goal a reality. The VCP will work with volunteers on a majority of the hands-on building process so the whole community can get involved. Trade partners will complete mechanical, electrical and plumbing work as needed. During the build process, VCP will also be planning and coordinating Phase Three and Four to complete all 49 homes and the community center in a timely fashion.

For more information, visit www.AtlasRoofing.com and www.VeteransCommunityProject.org.

Tecta America Arizona Lends a Helping Hand at Teen Challenge of Arizona Facility

Tecta America Arizona recently donated its time to repair the roof on the Teen Challenge of Arizona at Home of Hope (TCAZ) facility in Casa Grande, Arizona. A home of recovery for women and children, the building that provides a safe haven for its residents was in dire need of help after sustaining weather-related damage in 2016. Damage to the roof prevented the use of several rooms within the structure, thus reducing the support TCAZ could provide.

The project was presented by the National Women in Roofing – Arizona (NWiRAZ) chapter as part of its mission of giving back to the local community. National Women in Roofing is a volunteer-based organization that supports and advances the careers of women roofing professionals. Its core values are mentoring, education, networking and recruitment. In keeping with those goals, the Arizona chapter supports those in the local community that are in need of assistance. Rebecca Clements, member of NWiRAZ and Service Manager for Tecta America Arizona, gladly stepped in to help the TCAZ while working with roofing industry affiliates to make it happen. The team at Tecta volunteered their skill and time to repair the 30,000-square-foot roof and the needed material was generously donated by Glendale-based Elite Roofing Supply.

“We are proud to have been part of this project,” commented Clements. “Tecta is committed to playing an active role in supporting the community and when I was made aware of the need, we immediately jumped in to help.”

Since opening its doors in 2003, the Teen Challenge’s center in Casa Grande has helped over 1,100 women lead a life of sobriety and faith. To commemorate 50 years in 2008, Teen Challenge USA produced a book that details the decades of history of the program sharing many success stories of those that have graduated and moved on to better lives.
Center Director of TCAZ, Reverend Teresa Logue, dedicated a copy of that book to the team at Tecta America Arizona saying, “Thank you for the roof repair. I’m sure your team understood how desperate the repairs were needed. Because of you, we can open up another room helping two more moms and their children.”

For more information about Teen Challenge of Arizona’s Home of Hope, visit www.tcaz.org or www.tcazhomeofhope.org.

For more information about Tecta America Arizona, visit http://www.tectaamerica.com/commercial-roofing-phoenix-arizona.

Advanced Roofing Rides to Help Fight Multiple Sclerosis for 15th Consecutive Year

The bicycling team from Advanced Roofing Inc. participated in the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Bike Ride for the 15th consecutive year, completing the trip from Miami to Key Largo and back March 3-4, 2018.

According to Advanced Roofing CEO and President Rob Kornahrens, this year’s team raised $25,160.50 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, bringing the combined total for all 15 years to $590,525. “It was another great year,” Kornahrens said. “The weather was great and the event was well organized from start to finish. The Bacardi rum tent was great as always for those that go extra mile in raising funds. I thank everyone for their support and look forward to our 16th year next year.”

Kornahrens was first motivated to participate when his friend, Mark Speedy, was diagnosed with the disease. “He has gone through quite a struggle. However, I am happy to say after visiting with him recently his health has improved greatly due to the new medicines available through the M.S. research,” he said. “Additionally, since starting our MS Bike Ride team, my two nieces have been diagnosed with M.S., and due to all of your help, I was able to get them in treatment with some excellent doctors.”

Kornahrens urges others to help raise money to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, noting, “We will continue to ride until M.S. stands for ‘Mystery Solved.’”

For more information regarding Advanced Roofing’s next M.S. Bike Ride, contact Rob Kornahrens’ Executive Assistant Kim Campanile by calling (954) 522-6868 or emailing her at kimc@advancedroofing.com.

For more information or to make a donation to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, visit www.nationalmssociety.org.

For more information about Advanced Roofing, visit www.advancedroofing.com.

The bicycling team from Advanced Roofing Inc. participated in the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Bike Ride for the 15th consecutive year

Owens Corning’s Roof Deployment Project Hits Milestone

Roof Deployment ProjectAs November observances celebrate military veterans and giving back, Owens Corning Roofing and members of its Platinum Contractor Network continue to team up with Habitat for Humanity to thank American heroes by donating and installing new roofs. Since launching in 2016, the Roof Deployment Project has donated new roofs to 55 military families in 22 states.

On Nov. 21, Owens Corning Roofing celebrated the completion of the 32nd Roof Deployment Project this year. Working with its partners at Habitat for Humanity and Platinum Contractor Network members, the Roof Deployment Project aims to complete several additional roof installations by year’s end.

The Roof Deployment Project brings together Owens Corning Roofing, members of its independent Platinum Contractor Network, and Habitat for Humanity to identify, honor and protect military veterans and their families. Habitat for Humanity identifies veterans who are in need of roof replacements but cannot afford the costs on their own, Owens Corning donates roofing materials, and independent Platinum Preferred Contractor members donate the installation labor.

As the Roof Deployment Project builds upon Owens Corning Roofing’s relationship with Habitat for Humanity, it has also facilitated introductions to other organizations serving veterans, such as Purple Heart Homes.

For more information, visit www.owenscorning.com/roofing.