The Garland Company Celebrates 125th Anniversary by Giving Back to the Community

The Garland Company, Inc., a Cleveland-based, employee-owned roofing and building envelope solutions manufacturer, is celebrating its 125th anniversary by donating several thousands of dollars to local charitable initiatives. Garland’s yearlong giving campaign includes the donation of a scholarship, food, supplies, and employee volunteer hours to honor the company’s monumental milestone.

“Giving back to our community is the cornerstone of what Garland was founded on,” said David Sokol, Garland’s president. “As a company, supporting our neighbors in the community is ingrained in our values and culture. There is no other way we would want to celebrate our anniversary than by giving back to the community that has shown Garland so much support throughout these 125 years.” 

One of the initiatives is a $125 donation to the charity of each employee’s choice.

As part of its efforts to support education in our community, Garland is launching two charitable initiatives to support local students. In March, Garland introduced an annual Garland scholarship program for the children of Garland employees. The one-time $12,500 scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior with plans to continue their education at a trade school, community college or university or a current college student. The scholarship will be awarded to a new student each year and will increase annually to reflect each year the company has existed. In the summer, Garland will also donate 125 backpacks and uniforms to students at a school nearby Garland’s facility.

Garland plans to roll out additional charitable initiatives to support neighbors in the community. In the fall, Garland is expected to purchase supplies to donate to a local senior center. The final donation of 2020 will come in November when Garland employees hand out 125 Thanksgiving turkeys to local food banks. 

“We look forward to this continued year of celebration and the opportunity to support so many great charitable initiatives,” said Sokol. “We anticipate many more years of Garland success.” 

For more information, visit https://www.garlandco.com.

GAF Introduces Community Matters Social Impact Initiative

GAF launched a new social impact initiative called GAF Community Matters to strengthen and support the communities it serves. GAF has renewed its partnerships with several non-profit organizations as a part of this effort, committing more than $6 million in financial and in-kind donations in 2020 to help neighbors, create disaster resiliency and build community — including materials to roof over 1,500 homes.

“GAF is committed to protecting what matters most, not only through our products, but as neighbors and partners in the communities where we live and work,” said Jim Schnepper, President of GAF. “Our partners within GAF’s new Community Matters initiative will help us amplify our collective impact together; bringing meaningful change to our communities in new and exciting ways.”

According to the company, GAF is committing its expertise, products and financial resources to help power the potential of the communities in which it operates, and to aid people that are in need every day and during critical times of disaster. GAF is working in partnership with leading organizations, including the following:

  • Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries around the world. GAF has established a unique Community Contractor Program with Habitat that donates roofing materials and connects local Habitat organizations with independent contractors enrolled in GAF’s certified contractor program to address a critical need for safe, decent and affordable housing. Today, GAF is proud to be among Habitat’s generous partners, supporting the installation of over 2,000 roofs since 2011.
  • Team Rubicon serves communities by mobilizing veterans to continue their service, leveraging their skills and experience to help people prepare, respond, and recover from disasters and humanitarian crises. GAF aims to shorten the road to recovery for communities hit by disasters, particularly for low-attention disasters that do not receive significant resources, and will help train at least 100 GAF employees as volunteers for Team Rubicon deployment in 2020. To date, GAF has helped support nearly 4,000 volunteer disaster response deployments with Team Rubicon.
  • Good360 is a global leader in product philanthropy, and partners with socially responsible companies to source highly needed goods and distribute them through its network of diverse nonprofits that support people in need. GAF will donate roofing materials and other supplies to help Good360 address the long-term needs of communities recovering from disasters. In 2019, GAF provided 56 truckloads of roofing materials to Good360, which were distributed to approximately 20 non-profit partners nationwide to roof more than 600 properties.
  • Project for Public Spaces is dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build strong communities. GAF is investing in the development of physical spaces where community members can come together in areas that are home to GAF manufacturing operations. GAF will also continue working with Project for Public Spaces, GAF employees, service organizations and local governments to address the distinctive needs in communities where GAF’s plants and headquarters are located.

Further expanding its commitment to these partners through the GAF Community Matters initiative builds on existing efforts to improve communities and connect experts with nonprofits who need their skills. As part of these efforts, employees will also have expanded opportunities to get involved from volunteer time off to connecting them with causes that are close to them, including an employee relief fund. 

For more information about GAF’s social impact efforts, please visit www.gaf.com/communitymatters.

Polyglass Contributes Roofing Materials to Help Rebuild in the Bahamas

The global effort to rebuild communities in the Bahamas is underway after category 5 Hurricane Dorian damaged buildings and displaced thousands of people. Polyglass U.S.A., Inc. is helping to restore hundreds of roofs and has donated self-adhered membranes to replace temporary blue tarp roofs.

Polyglass has contributed more than 5,000 rolls of Elastoflex SA V self-adhered modified bitumen membranes and nearly 400 pails of WB 3000 primers. With watertight roofs in place, electrical repairs on the buildings can begin. The donated roofing materials will restore about 330 roofs.

“Giving back to our community is a significant and important part of the Polyglass culture, and we are glad that we could be a part of this life-changing work,” said Director of Strategic Marketing Scott Lelling. “We hope that our contribution helps to get folks in the Bahamas back into their homes.”

Polyglass joined forces with several disaster relief organizations to strategically move products in the right amounts, at the right time and to the people who needed the most help.

“We can confidently say that the Bahamas has moved further ahead in their recovery efforts with the donation of roofing materials from Polyglass,” said Michael Rettig of LIFT Non-Profit Disaster Logistics. “It was great to work with a diverse group of non-profits, including customary transportation providers, yachts and landing crafts to coordinate and deliver the donations to some of the most difficult to reach areas in the Bahamas.”

For more information, visit polyglass.us.

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.