Roofing Alliance President Challenges Industry to Adopt 165 Ronald McDonald House Roofs

Roofing Alliance president Rod Petrick has issued a challenge to all Roofing Alliance and NRCA members: to adopt the remaining 53 roofs of the 165 stand-alone Ronald McDonald Houses throughout the United States by November 30. Petrick’s goal of inspecting, repairing, maintaining and replacing these roofs is within reach and will impact families with sick children across the country by keeping them together when they need it most. Numerous roofing professionals have already risen to the challenge by adopting 112 of the roofs.

At 166 members strong, the Roofing Alliance serves as the foundation for the National Roofing Contractors Association and is a dedicated forum of roofing contractors, manufacturers, distributors, service providers and industry professionals who promote and fund the advancement of roofing through research, education, technology and philanthropic initiatives to help the roofing industry and their greater communities.

In April of 2017, the Roofing Alliance began working with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) by supporting their efforts to help families with critically ill children stay together and near the hospitals providing them medical care. Ronald McDonald Houses provide private sleeping rooms, meals, and opportunities for families to interact as they go through difficult times. Through sponsorship funds and the adoption of the roofs of the 165 stand-alone Ronald McDonald Houses in the U.S., the Roofing Alliance has brought together roofing professionals and companies who donate their time and talents to provide regular roof system inspections, maintenance, repairs and replacements.

“This fall we have been reaching out to our Roofing Alliance and NRCA member to collect data, so we can help the Ronald McDonald Houses with their roof replacement plans,” said Petrick, owner of Ridgeworth Roofing, Frankfort, Illinois. “We’re asking our contractors to inspect the roofs and report back to us on the condition of the roof, the roofing system currently in place, the estimated life expectancy, anticipated and actual work to be done, and the dollar value of the in-kind labor and materials provided or available. Once we receive the information, we enter it into our database and establish a baseline of roof conditions, so we can begin helping RMHC develop roof maintenance and replacement plans.”

Alliance members take pride in knowing that their work truly makes a difference. Petrick put his words into action this summer when his company, along with Bennett & Brosseau Roofing of Romeoville, Illinois, collaborated on steep-slope repairs, the reroof of a four-story flat roof section and a skylight restoration at the Ronald McDonald House near Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois. “During the experience, I found out that a member of my crew utilized a Ronald McDonald House when his child was sick; this really hit home for us,” Petrick added.

Another Roofing Alliance and NRCA member, Charles Antis, CEO and founder of Antis Roofing and Waterproofing in Irvine, California, was the member who initially brought the RMHC initiative to the Roofing Alliance’s attention. He is proud of Petrick’s continued work and mission to make the initiative such a success. “Rod envisions comfortable and dry Ronald McDonald Houses available for families with sick children across this country,” Antis stated. “We want to be sure that we get roofing companies connected to all 165 Houses. It is an amazing opportunity for the roofing industry to give back on such a large scale.”

Susan E. Kenny, development director for the Orange County (California) Ronald McDonald House, worked with Antis Roofing and Waterproofing to repair the roof on her location. Kenny said if Antis would not have made the roof repairs, the organization would have never known there was something wrong; she’s very grateful for their work. “What started as a simple conversation about how we could work together to support our Orange County families soon developed into a national partnership to support RMHC families across the country,” Kenny added. “I love how Charles and his team think big! It’s not just about our neighbors; it’s about what they can do to make our world a better place. The engagement of the Roofing Alliance at all levels has created incredible momentum.”

To learn more, visit www.roofingindustryalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@nrca.net.

Ridgeworth Roofing Company Donates Services to Ronald McDonald House

Ridgeworth Roofing Company of Frankfort recently donated its services to help a nonprofit that welcomes families with a comfortable, friendly place to stay when their children have medical procedures.

In May, Ridgeworth partnered with Bennett & Brosseau Roofing in Romeoville to help the Ronald McDonald House near Loyola University Medical Center in Hines. Rod Petrick, Ridgeworth Roofing’s president and owner, explained that Bennett & Brosseau’s team worked on the steep slope repairs while his company handled the re-roofing of the house’s four-story flat roof section. Additionally, it also did a skylight restoration that included a cleaning, a replacement of edge sealant and a solvent-based silicone coating that resulted in a new weathering surface.

Petrick said that his company became involved with this project by being a member of the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress. This organization is a Rosemont, Illinois-based collective forum of roofing contractors, manufacturers, suppliers and industry professionals who select and provide oversight of programs and funding for progressive research that contributes to the ongoing advancement of the roofing industry.

Petrick, the Alliance’s president, is also the lead person for the Ronald McDonald House project. Through his work with alliance and non-alliance members, he reported that more than half of these houses have been sponsored by contractors who are willing to donate their work.

“There are 184 Ronald McDonald Houses in North America,” he said. “Moving forward, I, as the alliance president, put the challenge to our members that we get all 184 houses sponsored by the next alliance meeting coming up this November.”

Charles Antis, CEO and founder of Antis Roofing and Waterproofing in Irvine, Calif. and NCRA member, is the original founder of the Ronald McDonald House Charities initiative. He is proud and appreciative of Petrick’s work.

“I love Rod. He’s a strong leader, plus he’s got a big heart.” Antis said. “He envisions safe and dry Ronald McDonald House rooms available for all families with sick kids across this country. It’s an honor to sit with him, strategizing to lift our roofing industry, and all of our communities, coast to coast.”

Giving back to assist charities is an idea ingrained in Petrick by his late father Robert, Ridgeworth Roofing’s original president and owner.

“We have been giving back to nonprofit organizations for years,” Rod Petrick said. “Working on the Ronald McDonald House near Loyola was a very good opportunity to put our best foot forward and do something that will, in turn, help other families for many years. They will be able to utilize this facility and don’t have to worry about lodging. When our group of men worked on this project, I found out that one of my guys, before he worked for us, utilized a Ronald McDonald House when his child was sick.”

Kelly Evans, Director of Ronald McDonald House near Loyola, was thankful for the donated work to its roof and skylight.

“We are so appreciative of the work that Ridgeworth Roofing did for our House,” Evans said.  “Thank you for keeping our families safe and dry throughout their stay!”

For more information, visit http://ridgeworthroofing.com

Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Partners With Ronald McDonald House

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 United States. 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,” said 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 National Roofing Contractors Association (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 bjudson@roofingindustryalliance.net.