Leveraging expertise, resources, and products to build resilient communities
Here’s how we partner with our communities to bring Community Matters to life
Building strong homes and gathering places
GAF helps provide grants, in-kind donations, and hands-on support to address the unique needs of each community. Through the GAF Community Contractor Program, for example, more than 500 certified contractors have helped to install roofs for thousands of families in need of decent affordable housing.
Building infrastructure and disaster preparedness
Nonprofit partners such as Team Rubicon and Good360 help us provide critical resources and tools for our communities so they are ready to respond when disasters strike.
Building bright futures by equipping the next generation for success
GAF is leading initiatives designed to bring people together in shared spaces, to help enhance economic and social health in the places where we live and work.
Supporting the workforces of today and tomorrow
Building resilient communities while combating urban heat
Growing sustainable practices for our shared futureAt GAF, sustainability is an opportunity to invest in the shared future of our business and our planet. The GAF Sustainability report for 2021 highlights our efforts around product circularity, operational waste diversion, carbon emissions reduction, product transparency and green portfolio expansion.
Does your organization qualify for a GAF Community Grant?GAF contributes resources to a range of nonprofit organizations that align with our Community Matters Initiative.
If your 501(c)(3) organization is located in the US or Canada and looking for support, submit a grant application for consideration.
In 2022, GAF launched a first-of-its-kind initiative in Pacoima, one of the hottest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, to explore community-wide solutions to combat urban heat. The GAF Cool Community Project is addressing the complex issue of extreme heat through a research-driven approach: Take a hot, sun-exposed community with an abundance of heat-retaining surfaces. Then, apply solar-reflective coatings to its streets and public hardscapes. With resources and support from GAF and non-profit partners, more than 700,000 square feet worth of streets, parking lots, and other hardscapes were coated with StreetBond DuraShield with Invisible ShadeTM technology over a contiguous 10-block area. The formerly dark streets were transformed to a cool gray-blue, and colorful coatings brighten the basketball courts and other public gathering spaces.
Longtime fixtures of playgrounds and recreational areas, sports courts have a lot to offer. In addition to providing opportunities for children and adults to participate in physical activities, they can strengthen communities. There are also other benefits when courts are designed to reduce surface temperatures and protect substrate materials.
GAF is committed to building more resilient communities in the areas where we live and work. Working with our network of manufacturing communities, we can leverage our expertise, resources, and products to help protect the places we call home. Our local teams lend their time and talents to address the unique needs of each community, as we help support the fundamental needs of shelter, families and workforces.
On September 30, 2023, the GAF manufacturing plant in Mt. Vernon, Indiana celebrated its 50th year in operation. The occasion brought together current and retired Mt. Vernon team members, their families, and community members to commemorate all that the plant has accomplished over the last five decades.