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At the Roofing Alliance’s April 2017 member meeting, the membership committed to enter a partnership agreement with Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®). Through the agreement, Roofing Alliance and NRCA members agree to inspect, maintain, repair and—whenever possible—replace the roofs on the 165 standalone Ronald McDonald House® programs throughout the U.S.
RMHC is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation that creates, finds, and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. RMHC helps families cope better and focus on the needs of their sick child because they have support from family members, program staff, volunteers, and shared experiences with other families.
The Houses provide private sleeping rooms, meals and support, offering opportunities for families to interact as they go through their difficult times. Families are asked to pay a nominal fee to stay in the Houses, but no family is turned away if the fee is prohibitive.
A Ronald McDonald House provides much more than a place to stay, it provides comfort, support and resources for families with sick children just steps from the hospital.
The Houses range from single-family homes to high-rise apartment buildings. The roofs, likewise, range from small low-slope assemblies to complicated steep-slope projects. Roofing Alliance member EagleView Technologies Inc., Tarpon Springs, Fla., provided aerial reports on each of the Houses’ roofs.
Roofing Alliance and NRCA members agree to conduct regular inspections of the roof, ensure it is properly maintained, perform repairs when necessary, and be involved when the roof needs to be replaced.
Roof replacements are managed as individual projects, and, when appropriate, several contractors are asked to participate. In addition, manufacturers and/or distributors are generously donating materials on a project-by-project basis.
RMHC® has committed to include the Roofing Alliance in its communications and public relations efforts, including those on social media. The Roofing Alliance and NRCA will reciprocate by providing individual public relations assistance to those members who are part of each project.
For more information about the Roofing Alliance’s partnership with RMHC® and how you can get involved, contact:
Alison LaValley, Roofing Alliance Executive Director
Bill Good, Senior Advisor