"The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky, are also on the faces of people going by. I see friends shaking hands, saying, 'How do you do?' ... And I think to myself: What a wonderful world."
These lyrics from the ballad "What a Wonderful World" were written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss in 1967 during the Vietnam War. The song was inspired by and written for Louis Armstrong for his ability to bring people together. Although the song only reached No. 116 in the U.S., according to Billboard magazine, it has become a beloved standard in pop music. In 1999, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and continues to be used in popular culture to convey a connection between people.
During 2017, people living in the U.S. conveyed their strong connections to others by helping charities in record numbers. According to Giving USA,™ an organization that has provided comprehensive charitable giving data for more than 60 years, charitable donations increased to 5.2 percent (3 percent adjusted for inflation) in 2017, crossing the $400 billion mark for the first time.
In the roofing world, acts of benevolence also abound. From rebuilding a local barn to hosting job fairs for veterans nationwide, NRCA members are generous supporters of their communities.