This year, NRCA, CNA and the CNA Foundation awarded the first CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award to ABC Roofing, Clackamas, Ore., for its work with Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp, Portland, Ore. As a result, Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp will receive $5,000.
When CNA and NRCA conceived the award, they determined one charity would receive $5,000 and two honorable mentions each would receive $1,000. However, the quality of submissions was so inspiring, four companies were awarded honorable mentions: CentiMark Corp., Canonsburg, Pa., for its work with Peter's Township Meals on Wheels, McMurray, Pa; Chase Construction North West Inc., Edgewood, Wash., for its work with Putti Village Uganda via New Horizon, Fife, Wash.; Commercial Roofers Inc., Las Vegas, for its work with Convoy of Hope, Springfield, Mo.; and Integrity Roofing LLC, Lees Summit, Mo., for its work with Hope Network, Raytown, Mo.
Although the recipients were surprised with the honor, NRCA was not. We long have known our members continually are doing good works with little recognition. Small acts of kindness pay big dividends not only by fostering goodwill among communities but also by promoting professionalism of the roofing industry as a whole.
NRCA offers other ways to recognize your work within your community while improving the industry's image. For example, NRCA's prestigious Gold Circle Awards showcase excellence in workmanship, innovation, service to the industry and service to the community. And The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress' Most Valuable Player Awards recognize excellence among roofing workers, particularly those workers with community involvement.
But submitting entries for awards is not the only way to show your influence in your community. You also can participate in Project Recovery, NRCA's partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; NRCA's Disaster Relief Fund; NRCA's Pay it Forward program, which encourages acts of charity; and Rebuilding Together,® NRCA's national charity partner. And when you are in involved with any charitable work within your community, be sure to let NRCA know about your efforts. It helps us tell the story of the great people and organizations in the industry that often go unnoticed.
Ambika Puniani Bailey is editor of Professional Roofing and NRCA's senior director of communications.