June 21, 2012 12:00 AM

Volunteers from GAF Part of June Housing Boom in Paterson

There’s a housing boom underway this month in the inner-city neighborhoods of Paterson and employees from GAF in Wayne, NJ are helping to make it happen. 

The GAF employees are part of the 800 volunteers from 39 companies taking part in the annual Corporate Challenge program run by Paterson Habitat for Humanity. Participating companies send teams of employee volunteers to build homes and also make corporate contributions to Paterson Habitat. 

“This is the most intense four weeks of home building and fundraising we have all year,” explained Barbara Dunn, executive director of Paterson Habitat. “Some corporations have been sending volunteers every year since Corporate Challenge back in 1994, but every year we also get new people and it’s a great experience for all of us.” 

GAF’s corporate volunteers put in a full day of construction work on a Habitat home, working alongside volunteers from the family that will own the house.  

“It’s a welcome opportunity for our people to come together and give hands-on support to a cause we believe in,” said Alyssa Hall, spokesperson for GAF. 

This year's Corporate Challenge runs from June 1 through June 28 and is the 18th consecutive year the event has been held.  Despite the troubled economy, Paterson Habitat reports that support for Corporate Challenge remains strong and this year’s Challenge is expected to raise $230,000 and help build 5 homes.

About GAF

Founded in 1886, GAF has become the largest roofing manufacturer in North America. The company’s products include a comprehensive portfolio of steep-slope and commercial roofing systems, which are supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors. Its success is driven by its commitment to Advanced Quality, Industry Expertise, and Solutions Made Simple for contractors, specifiers, and property owners alike. In 2011, GAF was the first roofing manufacturer to offer a Lifetime limited warranty on all of its laminated shingles and, in 2012, it introduced the GAF Lifetime Roofing System. 

With a focus on social responsibility, GAF has developed Advanced Protection® Shingle Technology, which provides superior durability and wind resistance while reducing the use of scarce natural resources. The company has also developed single-ply and asphaltic membranes with superior durability and high reflectivity to meet the most rigorous industry standards while helping commercial property owners and designers reduce energy consumption. 

GAF also supports the roofing industry through CARE, the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence, which has provided education to over 125,000 professionals. CARE’s mission is to help professional contractors and distributors build their businesses through sales and management education, and to provide product and installation training to contractors, distributors, architects, property owners, and related industry personnel. For more information about GAF, visit www.gaf.com
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