The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), proudly celebrates partners in the roofing industry who donated their time and expertise to working with Ronald McDonald House programs in the U.S. 165 roofs made through the partnership between the Roofing Alliance and Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) have been acquired.
At the general meeting in Fall 2018, then-Vice President of the Roofing Alliance, Rod Petrick, President of Ridgeworth Roofing in Frankfort, IL, urged all members of the Roofing Alliance and the NRCA to take over the remaining 53 roofs of the 165 stand-alone Ronald McDonald House programs in USA The initiative to take over all 165 roofs of the Ronald McDonald House began in April 2017. The goal of taking over all 165 roofs was achieved in June 2019. Now, on the 165th day of 2020 (June 13th), the Roofing Alliance will celebrate that achievement again by letting the roofing industry partners share their stories.
Tommy Bullough of the Wagner Roofing Company, Bethesda, MD, shared his story: “While everyone’s purses are tight, we are realizing the impact of giving back can be on Ronald McDonald House programs. We got to our home in the greater DC area and learned there was an Amazon wish list. We bought as much of their Amazon wish list as possible to help in small, but hopefully impactful ways. “
Team members from West Roofing Systems Inc., LaGrange, Ohio, conduct annual roof inspections and maintenance at the Ronald McDonald House in Cleveland.
The initiative was adopted and expanded as roofers, manufacturers and distributors not only watched and waited for the roofs of the Ronald McDonald House, but also looked for other ways to help. The initiative has had an impact on roofing companies and individuals who have taken a closer look at how they can help their local homes.
“To be honest, I didn’t realize until now that they even set up an Amazon wish list,” Bullough continued. “They update the list weekly with the need for food. And until I looked around, I hadn’t realized either that volunteers who usually come to prepare meals don’t have the option to buy all of their daily meals for guests in their homes, anywhere in the stadium from $ 250 / Day, depending on the size of the house and the number of families being served. As you can imagine, every little bit helps. “
The Roofing Alliance will collect stories like the story of the Wagner Roofing Company to share through traditional and social media. These stories add to the rich history of this initiative of how the Roofing Alliance partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) in supporting their efforts to help families with critically ill children stay together and close to the hospitals that serve them provide medical care. The roofing industry saw a golden opportunity to support Ronald McDonald House programs that provide private bedrooms, meals, and opportunities for families to interact with each other during difficult times. Through sponsorship funding and the roofing of the 165 standalone Ronald McDonald House programs in the US, the Roofing Alliance has brought together roofers and businesses, including contractors, manufacturers, distributors, media and service providers who donate their time and talent for regular inspections, Maintenance, repairs and / or replacement of roof systems as well as for voluntary commitment and financial donations.
To honor and thank Bob Morgan and his team at Upstate Roofing & Painting Inc. (Rochester, NY) for the donation of US $ 13,272, the Ronald McDonald House, Rochester, NY, named a room after them.
With 172 members, the Roofing Alliance is the foundation for the National Roofing Contractors Association, a special forum of roofers, manufacturers, distributors, service providers and industry professionals who promote the advancement of roofs through research, education, technology and and philanthropic initiatives, to help the roofing industry and its larger communities.
Charles Antis, CEO and founder of Antis Roofing and Waterproofing in Irvine, CA, who is a member of both the Roofing Alliance and the NRCA, first made the Roofing Alliance aware of the RMHC initiative.
“Together we envisioned that roofers across the country would help keep the roofs of the Ronald McDonald House safe and dry for families with sick children,” said Antis. “We are excited to add to the celebration by sharing our stories and encouraging others to also share the amazing impact this initiative has had on their company and employees. We would also like to show the pride of the roofing trade and how through this amazing network of roofers, dealers and manufacturers we are helping to protect the roofs of 165 Ronald McDonald House programs. This continues to be an amazing opportunity for the roofing industry to give back on such a huge scale. “
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