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
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
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