A million ways to give

The roofing industry continues its tradition of charity

There are so many different ways to help people.

Donations can be made in the form of money, food, clothing, shelter and time to those who are poverty-stricken or struggling financially. People can donate their blood, plasma, bone marrow and even organs to those battling illnesses or bodily injuries. But roofing professionals have an additional unique ability: They can donate materials and time to help put roofs over the heads of those who cannot afford to pay for the work.

In the end, it's not important why, where or how you wish to help others; what matters is that you do so at all. In a world plagued by natural and manmade disasters and in a country struggling to emerge from economic recession, there is no shortage of people in need, and those who can give should.

The roofing industry has never shied from philanthropic involvement, and this year was no exception. Following are stories of roofing professionals who contributed to others in various ways during the past year.