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March 2021

Polyglass Continues Donations of Roofing Materials to Disaster Relief Organization for Rebuilding the Bahamas One Year After Hurricane Dorian

Polyglass product on a new roof after Hurricane Dorian damage in the Bahamas.

Polyglass USA, Inc. continues to aid in the relief effort to rebuild communities in the Bahamas a year after category 5 Hurricane Dorian displaced thousands of people from their homes. Even this long after the disaster many people in the affected area are still tent camping because they do not have waterproofed roofs or livable housing. Polyglass partnered with Sol Relief, a disaster relief organization based in St. Petersburg, Fla., and has contributed several shipments of self-adhered roofing membranes to build waterproof roofs so families can move back into their homes. 

Polyglass provided products to disaster relief partners including rolls of Elastoflex SA V self-adhered modified bitumen membranes, Polystick P and Polystick XFR self-adhered underlayments, along with pails of WB-3000 primer low VOC, water-based acrylic primer. 

“This past November, Polyglass generously donated 2,428 rolls of waterproof roofing membranes, with a retail value of more than $187,000,” says Tracy Harris, Director of Operations for Sol Relief. “This incredibly generous donation will provide waterproof protection for over 300 homes in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. This donation was in addition to the 621 rolls, worth $46,000, Polyglass donated in May of 2020 which provided 80 homes with waterproof roofs. Sol Relief and the residents of Marsh Harbour are forever grateful to Polyglass for their amazing support.”

February 2021

Reliant Completes Fourth Annual Every Shingle Heart Initiative 

Reliant Roofing, Solar & Hurricane Shutters (Reliant) has completed their Fourth Annual Every Shingle Heart Initiative. This program was created in 2017 as a way for the Jacksonville-based company to give back to the community by providing families and local organizations in need with new roofs. This year, they selected a COVID-19 hero and a large local non-profit organization. 

“As a local company, we knew it was our duty to step up and give back to our community during these difficult times of COVID-19,” said Cameron Shouppe, President and Co-Owner of Reliant. Reliant, a familyowned company that opened in 2015, partnered with roofing manufacturers GAF and Carlisle, to provide a free roof to one healthcare worker in Northeast Florida, along with a local non-profit organization.

In December, Reliant replaced the roof of COVID-19 Heroes Jared and Patty Menefee at no charge. These healthcare workers from Wolfson Children’s Hospital provide care for the youngest patients in Jacksonville. Jared and Patty work opposing shifts in order to care for their four children. Jared is known as “Jingle Beard.” The nickname started several years ago when he decided to add ornaments to his beard during the winter holidays. Jared brightens the days of not only the nurses, doctors and other team members he works with but also the patients and families. Jared’s wife, Patty, specializes in creating Intravenous Nutrition for all patients in the Baptist Health System, including the premature newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The Daily Manna Serving Center was the non-profit organization that Reliant selected as a recipient this year. Founded nine years ago by Worship Center Pastor Gerald Dinkins, the food pantry serves about 2,500 people a month and launched a program helping clients eat and live healthier. They provide many other resources to their community such as free GED tutoring, clothing, paper goods, health screenings, nutritional classes, HIV testing, electric bill service and youth services. The entire Reliant office team came out to provide a $30,000 free roof to the serving center.

Just in time for Christmas: South Florida Volunteers Help 87-Year-Old Woman 

South Florida Volunteers Help 87 Year-Old Woman

Dick Spalding knew his neighbor of more than 40 years in Pompano Beach had troubles. Holes in her roof went untended for decades. The electricity and water often went out and, at times, she wouldn’t eat unless he fed her or bought her groceries. 

But when 87-year-old Gloria Mugford slipped and fell last month after record rainfall streamed through her roof and flooded her home, Spalding learned the true extent of how hard the woman had been living. Mold covered the walls. Furniture was drenched. Garbage bins were set up around the home to catch what water they could. 

While Mugford recovered from a broken shoulder in the hospital, Spalding called Rob Kornahrens, CEO of Advanced Roofing in Fort Lauderdale, to see about getting his neighbor a tarp. But Mugford got much more. 

Before long, a coalition of South Florida business owners and nonprofits were pitching in full time to completely transform Mugford’s home in the span of six weeks.

Kornahrens said he didn’t make a conscious decision to give Mugford what is perhaps the best Christmas present she’s ever gotten. It just kind of happened. But during a year that turned the world upside down, he is happy to play a part in it. “It does make for a good Christmas story,” he said. 

A coalition of businesses and community leaders came together to repair Mugford’s home when she was hospitalized after the fall. “She kept saying ‘I have to pinch myself; I have to pinch myself.’” And she cried as she expressed her gratitude to Kornahrens. 

Kornahrens said he felt moved to do something after hearing about how Mugford had lived for so long. “It just kind of tore on me.” After seeing the decrepit home with his own eyes, he knew he couldn’t let Mugford live there. “I just picked up the phone and started calling people.” Soon, a new roof was installed. Plumbing was replaced. Mold was cleared off the walls. The pool, which hadn’t been tended to in 20 years, was drained and cleaned. City Furniture donated a new bed, sofa and other furniture. In total, Kornahrens estimates that over $100,000 was poured into the home. All of the work was done for free, without much arm-twisting. 

“People kept pitching in,” Kornahrens said. “It’s just truly amazing what we’ve done in six weeks.” While the work continued, Lamar Fisher, Broward County Commissioner and former Mayor of Pompano Beach, arranged for Mugford to stay at a hotel in the city. Sonrise Mission, a Christian rehab center, provided her with food. Spalding had been trying to persuade Mugford to sell the place for years. Take the money and put herself in a condo or somewhere cleaner. 

But she always refused, feeling attached to the home she had moved to with her mother more than 40 years ago. The home in which she took care of her mother before she died. 

“Kornahrens made it possible for Gloria to come home and live the rest of her life in this house,” Spalding said, “and the real gift will come the next time it rains in Pompano Beach and Mugford can rest soundly.”

January 2021

Gold Key Roofing and Give Kids the World Village – a Million Lights Holiday Spectacular

Gold Key Roofing - Night of a Million Lights

For 34 years, the non-profit Give Kids The World Village has been brightening the lives of critically ill children and their families from around the world. For 53 nights, the local business community sponsored a “Night of a Million Lights,” a walk-through holiday light spectacular for Central Florida residents. More than one million lights will adorn the 84-acre whimsical Village, including a 150-foot lighted tunnel leading to 33 decorated villas; more than 50 larger-than-life holiday-themed wireframes, some spanning more than 40 feet; an enormous incandescent gingerbread arch; and out-of-this-world space-themed decorations showcasing the Village’s newest centerpiece, Henri’s Starlite Scoops. 

Corporate and community partners get into the holiday spirit by adopting a villa, with the creative freedom to decorate it however they’d like for display throughout the 53 nights of the event. A friendly contest among the villas is guaranteed to bring some added fun and excitement. 

Proceeds from the event will support Give Kids the World’s mission to provide wish vacations for critically ill children and their families. When wish-granting organizations receive a request from a critically ill child who wants to visit any of the world-class theme parks Central Florida has to offer, Give Kids the World fulfills the wish – providing each child and his or her family with a magical week-long stay at absolutely no cost. Each family receives transportation and accommodations in one of the Village’s 166 storybook villas, all meals and snacks, nightly entertainment, tickets to Orlando’s theme parks and attractions and priceless experiences at the Village. Since 1986, Give Kids the World has welcomed more than 176,000 families from all 50 states and more than 76 countries. 

Give Kids the World Village closed to wish families in mid-March due to the global pandemic, delaying more than 4,000 wishes. The Night of a Million Lights was designed to raise funds to ensure that wish trips can return bigger and better than ever before, once the time is right to reopen. 

FRSA Member, Gold Key Roofing was one of the event sponsors.

December 2020

Cotney Construction Law Giving Back Campaign

Cotney Construction Law is launching a Giving Back campaign in December and will kick off the program on RoofersCoffeeShop.com. They will be donating their advertising and promotion budget promoting industry foundations and ask the industry to Give Back to the FRSA Educational Foundation or three other foundations as part of their year-end giving program. Cotney is matching donations evenly to all four foundations up to $2,500. 

As part of this generous December promotion, the RoofersCoffeeShop.com is focusing their December 17 Coffee Conversations on a discussion about the importance of roofing industry foundations. You can listen to the live discussion, which begins at 9 am ET, where people across the country can ask questions and show support for roofing industry foundations. Visit www.rooferscoffeeshop.com for more information. 

Not able to join the December 17 Coffee Conversations but would like to support the FRSA Educational Foundation? Visit www.floridaroof.com and select “Support the Educational Foundation” in the center of the homepage.

November 2020

SCLRA and The Forgotten Enchantress

SCLRA Logo

Nestled in Melbourne, Fla., along the Indian River is a beautiful Queen Anne-style historic home known as Green Gables, or the Wells House. 

Originally constructed in 1896 as a winter home by William T. Wells and his wife, Nora Wells, this home has been passed down through four generations of families. The families played a key role in the development of the early Melbourne community, donated a lot of land for parks and were responsible for the construction of the first library, the first high school and the first auditorium in Melbourne. The house became abandoned in 2004 as it was severely damaged by hurricanes. The Wells family made the decision to demolish the home in 2015; however, due to efforts by local historian, John Daly, countless volunteers and county officials, the home was saved and property and building renovations began. 

Green Gables was added to the US National Register of Historical Places on May 18, 2016 and members of the Space Coast Licensed Roofers Association (SCLRA) have been instrumental in making repairs on the structure preventing further damage. GreenGables.org is looking to purchase this historic building and land, and they have raised over $400,000 in order to do so. The surviving Wells family has decreased their asking price to $1.2 million to help. They are currently awaiting a grant from the State of Florida to be approved to make the sale final. Once the building has been purchased, SCLRA members have committed to donate materials and labor so badly needed at this time. 

Financial donations are still needed to assist the organization in reaching their financial goal so that once the sale is finalized, restoration efforts may begin. Justin Koether with Hough Roofing is the current President of SCLRA. He and many other roofing contractors, manufacturers and distributors will work together to preserve this historical landmark in the Melbourne Community and would appreciate any assistance that you or your company may provide to this valid cause. You can donate online at www.greengables.org/donate.

RCASF and Make-A-Wish Foundation

RCASF Make-A-Wish

Each year, the Roofing Contractors Association of South Florida (RCASF) holds its annual fishing tournament in the Florida Keys, amid record-breaking participation geared for fun, fishing and charity. 

Although RCASF couldn’t hold their annual fishing tournament due to COVID-19, they still succeeded in reaching their lofty goal to give back to their charities: Make-A-Wish Southern Florida and the IGFA Junior Anglers Educational Program. 

“We are grateful for the support of all our sponsors, Corporate Challenge participants and auction donors and participants! With your support, we were able to donate $120,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation Southern Florida. This donation enables us to grant ‘wishes’ for 24 children in our community who are struggling with critical illnesses,” noted Gene Fall, Certified Roofing Specialists, Inc., Pompano Beach. 

In addition, RCASF donated $17,500 to the IGFA for their “Junior Angler’s Educational Foundation” that benefits children throughout the community. 

Mark your calendar for RCASF’s 42nd Annual Fishing Tournament, June 11-13, 2021 at Hawk’s Cay Resort.

October 2020

Polk County Roofing Contractors Association (PCRCA)

PCRCA Giving Back October 2020

The Polk County Roofing Contractors Association (PCRCA), an FRSA Affiliate, had not met as a group since February 2020 but, like most of us, were “itching” for something to do. The association had been wanting for some time to complete a charity roof in its area but had not found a recipient. 

In May, a friend of one of its members informed the association that he had a family member in need. Michelle is an older woman on disability and her insurance company told her they were not going to renew her homeowner’s policy unless she had a new roof installed. Michelle had moved in with her aging mother a few years earlier and cared for her until she passed. The house they were living in was left to Michelle but was in much need of repair. A year later, Michelle lost her 24-year-old son and soon after suffered a heart attack. Not long after that she had to have hip replacement surgery. Michelle was a hairdresser and tried to work part time as much as her disability would allow, but that came to a screeching halt when the pandemic hit. Michelle needed help. 

The PCRCA sprang into action. The house had an old three-tab shingle roof and there was a lot of deteriorated decking, rafter tails and fascia. The PCRCA decided because the roof pitch was not high enough for a dimensional shingle warranty, that it was better to install a metal roof. 

A crew from McEnany Roofing’s Lake Alfred branch tore off the existing roof, replaced the damaged wood and dried the roof in with Polyglass Polystick MTS Plus donated from the Lakeland branches of ABC Supply and Suncoast Roofers Supply. Gulf Coast Supply and Manufacturing in Sebring donated GULFRIB metal panels and all the trim for the roof. Crews from 3 min video www.floridaroof.com | FLORIDA ROOFING 43 Imperial Roofing of Polk County installed the metal roof system. Because so much wood had to be replaced, a group of volunteers from Triangle Fastener, Springer-Peterson Roofing and Imperial Roofing of Polk County gave up a Saturday morning and painted the soffit and fascia. 

The result is a beautiful new roof for a deserving woman who is beyond grateful. This was PCRCA’s first charity roof for an individual but, because of the heartwarming experience for all involved, you can bet it will not be its last.

ABC Supply Celebrates Homes For Our Troops’ 300th Home

Homes for Our Troops 

Earlier this year, ABC Supply announced its multimillion-dollar commitment to Homes For Our Troops (HFOT). HFOT is a nonprofit that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans to enable them to rebuild their lives. Through its support of HFOT, ABC Supply was honored to donate materials and help the organization celebrate a big milestone: the delivery of its 300th specially adapted custom home. 

The nonprofit organization donated its 300th home to US Army Sergeant Nathan Shumaker in Hillsboro, Mo. SGT Shumaker, a Purple Heart recipient, was severely injured while serving in Afghanistan. 

The delivery of the home was marked with two events: Volunteer Day on Friday, September 11 – The community helped with the landscaping plan for this home by planting flowers and laying sod. This special event coincided with September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, a day where Americans volunteer in their local communities in tribute to the individuals who were lost or injured during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, first responders and the many who have risen in service to defend freedom.

Key Ceremony on Saturday, September 12 – ABC Supply escorted SGT Shumaker to his home and HFOT presented him and his family with the keys. The event included a speech, ribbon-cutting ceremony and flag raising with an ABC Supply truck.

“ABC Supply is proud to support the work Homes For Our Troops does to make a difference in the lives of veterans who have given so much for our country,” said Mike Jost, Chief Operating Officer. “It’s even more special that we were able to escort SGT Shumaker to his home for the key ceremony and personally thank him for his service.”