As I was saying …

The roofing community

I recently read the Colorado Roofing Association's (CRA's) latest (and excellent) newsletter, which included a story on page 4 about CRA's work with Rebuilding Together® Metro Denver. According to the story, recent repairs and reroofing donations for 15 Denver-area homes totaled more than $50,000. A long list of CRA members participated in the effort.

Earlier this year, I placed telephone calls to the Associated Roofing Contractors of the Bay Area Counties, Walnut Creek, Calif.; Union Roofing Contractors Association of Southern California, Orange; and Clark Roofing Co., Chicago, asking for assistance with other Rebuilding Together projects. They all responded not only willingly but enthusiastically.

And in 2008, I asked for help in Tampa, Fla., for Rebuilding Together's annual pre-Super Bowl event, Kickoff to Rebuild, during which about 15 to 20 homes were restored. Keith Swope, president of Tampa Roofing Co., Tampa, coordinated the reroofing of a dozen of those homes (with help from others too numerous to mention here), and Bradco Supply Corp., Avenel, N.J., also was an incredibly generous participant.

CRA's newsletter is a great reminder of the roofing community's nature. Stories about our members' generosity get buried on page 4 of newsletters because companies in the roofing industry don't think their generosity is newsworthy. These companies don't issue press releases or hold media events when they help others; they understand that giving back to their communities is something they are supposed to do.