GAF-Certified Contractors Support Habitat for Humanity Home Builders Blitz

By Satta Sarmah Hightower 03-18-2020
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Every person, no matter who they are or where they come from, should have a decent place to live and the opportunity for a better future.

This mission drives Habitat for Humanity to build safe, stable, and affordable homes in cities, suburbs and rural communities across the world, and GAF is proud to partner with them in this important work. Since 2011, GAF has worked with Habitat on programs that have provided 2,000 roofs for deserving families.

Brick by brick, both groups have made a difference in the lives of thousands of families and demonstrated the positive results communities can achieve when everyone collaborates for a larger purpose.

The Habitat for Humanity Home Builders Blitz

The Habitat for Humanity Home Builders Blitz program is one example of the impact that can be achieved when a non-profit engages corporations, local homebuilders, and contractors who share a passion for lifting their communities.

This year, contractors across the country donated their time, effort, and skills to the 2019 Home Builders Blitz program, which took place in September in 74 locations.

GAF-factory certified contractors,* Habitat families, and other participating homebuilders constructed several single-family homes from locations as diverse as Birmingham, AL and Pittsfield, MA. All in, 234 families and 496 people across the country now have homes thanks to this year's efforts.

Some of these professionals became involved in the initiative through the GAF-Habitat Community Impact Partner program.

Through the program, GAF Master Elite® and Certified™ contractors donate their labor, and the company donates roofing materials to help Habitat for Humanity renovate and build homes for families. Contractors who participate in the program are recognized as local partners and receive a Habitat for Humanity designation. On top of this recognition, participating contractors also enjoy the immeasurable satisfaction that comes from supporting their communities.

The GAF Habitat for Humanity Community Contractor Program: Making a Difference for Families

Freed Construction, a GAF Master Elite® contractor based in Grundy Center, IA, participated in its local Home Builders Blitz program in Waterloo, IA. Seven employees from the company volunteered and installed a 23-square full GAF system with Timberline HD® Shingles for future Habitat homeowners.

Max Klein, a production manager at Freed Construction, says the program is a great opportunity for the company to give back to the local community.

"We're firm believers in Habitat for Humanity's cause to bring affordable housing to folks who are less fortunate," Klein says. "We've been involved with Habitat for Humanity for about 10 years. We try to support every Builders Blitz that they do."

With the support of organizations like Habitat for Humanity and GAF, contractors like Freed Construction can put their time, skills, and expertise to good use to ensure the families in their communities have safe, stable, and affordable places to call home.

The GAF-Habitat Community Impact Partner program runs all year long. If you're certified with GAF, you can find more information and register by contacting your Territory Manager or visiting the GAF Contractor Zone.

If you want to learn more about the benefits of becoming a GAF factory-certified contractor, visit our certification webpage and submit a request to speak with a member of our team.


*Contractors enrolled in GAF certification programs are not employees or agents of GAF, and GAF does not control or otherwise supervise these independent businesses. Contractors may receive benefits, such as loyalty rewards points and discounts on marketing tools from GAF for participating in the program and offering GAF enhanced warranties, which require the use of a minimum amount of GAF products.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Satta Sarmah Hightower is a freelance writer who covers business, healthcare and technology topics for a wide range of brands and publications. A former journalist, Satta holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University and a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School.

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