The Benefits of Giving Back to the Roofing Community

The Roofing Alliance, the Foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), is committed to improving all facets of the roofing industry. This includes everything from strengthening roofing education initiatives to bolstering training programs and providing funding efforts for a variety of important topics, such as safety practices and roofing technologies. Members of the Roofing Alliance are also dedicated to giving back to the community that has done so much for them. 

In this article, we will discuss several of the benefits roofing professionals and roofing companies can enjoy when they dedicate their time and funding efforts to local and national charitable programs focused on making a positive impact in their surrounding community. With over five million dollars spent in funding efforts to date and countless hours donated by our members providing their time to philanthropic endeavors, the Roofing Alliance is dedicated to providing community service in the roofing industry. If you are interested in joining a membership-based organization focused on improving the roofing industry and the community, please visit our website

Giving Improves Communities

The best reason to give is to support the organizations and programs that are focused on strengthening communities and helping improve the lives of those in need. Most employers first get involved in local initiatives and eventually scale out to national programs when they have access to the funding and resources needed to support nationwide causes. With that being said, any time spent working with charitable programs is a wonderful thing because you are supporting programs that improve the surrounding community. Remember, there is no gift too small, and if you can’t afford to donate cash, you can always donate your time towards a variety of incredible causes. 

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Giving Can Positively Impact Your Brain 

Several studies support the notion that making charitable contributions can be rewarding in a physiological way. Many people deal with stress or unhappiness by eating chocolate, going on a shopping spree, traveling to a new destination, or dining out at a fancy restaurant for a “pick me up.” The irony is that giving at its core can activate similar pleasure mechanisms in your brain that provide you with lasting satisfaction. This neurological rush increases with the more charitable acts a person provides to those in need. In other words, when a person makes voluntary donations to those in need, this can stimulate the brain in a positive way.     

Giving Reduces Stress Levels 

Influential members of the roofing community should know that giving can actually make you a healthier person, too. In fact, volunteer work is considered one of the best forms of physical activity for older adults and recently retired individuals. If you volunteer for charitable programs, this can lower your blood pressure, reduce the symptoms of stress, and improve your overall health. Simply put, when you make giving a regular part of your life, you are effectively replacing many stressful elements in your life with positive lifestyle choices. In fact, these feel-good choices can have a direct correlation with your own health. 

Giving Makes You Happier

There’s no debating the fact that many people give because their efforts to improve their surrounding community, in turn, improve their own level of happiness. When you are generous to those around you, especially those in need, the time and resources you spend to improve the community will only increase your own level of personal satisfaction. Also, when the people you help show gratitude, this can invoke lifelong happiness as a result of your pride in having made a positive difference in their life. When you establish a legacy of giving, you can also take comfort knowing that your everlasting gift to the community will be appreciated for years to come. This is why many members of the Roofing Alliance elect to establish their own personal legacy through an annual scholarship fund. 

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Giving is Contagious (In a Good Way)

An added benefit of giving is that it can improve both your business operations and your personal life. When you are constantly involved in philanthropic efforts, your dedication will be observed by your children who will also be more likely to give. Giving can also motivate your friends and colleagues to join in as well. In fact, giving to worthy causes can create friendly competition between competing roofing companies or inspire your family and friends to increase their efforts. 

Roofing companies that are committed to charitable acts are also an attractive workplace for millennials. Giving can also be a great roofing professional development tool. For example, charity events and acts of giving are wonderful team building activities that can leave everyone involved proud of their efforts and proud of being part of a company that leaves a lasting impact on their community. Lastly, it’s never a bad thing for your public image to convey that you’re making a difference in people’s lives and proud of your company’s achievements.    

Giving Can Help You Develop Lifelong Friendships

Whether you’re donating your time or funding efforts, chances are that, the more time you spend focused on the cause, the more time you will spend meeting other fascinating people that are mutually interested in helping with the causes you are passionate about. When you join a membership-based organization with a focus on roofing industry philanthropy, this not only strengthens organizations committed to the industry but also provides you with the opportunity to develop lifelong friendships with other influential professionals within the roofing industry network. Perhaps Warren Buffet put it best when he said, “Too often a vast collection of possessions ends up possessing its owner. The asset I most value…is interesting, diverse, and long-standing friends.” 

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Giving Strengthens Charitable Organizations

Keeping the above concept in mind, the more experience and time you spend with other like-minded and generous people, the more strength you can bring to these charitable organizations. With support from your peers, you can focus on your own passion projects, too. In other words, the more you give to an organization, the more you can get back when you have the right advocates in your corner. Whether it’s becoming a board member of a national charity organization or jumpstarting your own program, giving provides you with the opportunity to develop strong partnerships with other influential professionals committed to these charitable acts.

Giving Can Improve Your Bottom Line

An added perk to getting involved with charitable programs is that you can write off charitable contributions during tax season. Whether it’s funding one of the roofing industry scholarships the Roofing Alliance supports or donating to another charitable cause like the National Women in Roofing (NWIR) organization, you can reduce your taxable income in 2020 by contributing to a variety of amazing programs. Furthermore, when you regularly donate to charities, you are more likely to pay closer attention to the bottom line of your own business.   

The Roofing Alliance Provides Many Outlets for Giving

When you join a membership-based organization like the Roofing Alliance, you can have a positive impact on a variety of programs and initiatives committed to the roofing industry and surrounding communities. Here are a few of the philanthropic projects the Roofing Alliance is proud to donate time and funding towards: 

  • Ronald McDonald House Charities®: by partnering in this initiative, Roofing Alliance and NRCA members support 165 stand-alone Ronald McDonald Houses in the United States by replacing, repairing, and inspecting the roofing systems of these homes.   
  • NRCA’s ProCertification™ Series: certification is a critical component to fight the labor gap issues that have plagued the roofing industry. The Roofing Alliance helped fund the development of this program which will  provide professionals with the opportunity to earn “microcredentials” or a roofing industry certification in several areas of roofing. 
  • Education Initiatives: whether it’s spending time mentoring the next generation of roofing professionals, offering insight into roofing educational material for construction management programs, or funding roofing scholarship opportunities, there are many ways that members can donate funds or get involved with amazing education initiatives aimed to bolster the future of roofing.  
  • Helping Our Own: this funding initiative helps Roofing Alliance members and their families in need that have recently experienced a life-changing event.
  • National Women in Roofing (NWIR): NWIR’s goal is to provide roofing professional development opportunities to women in roofing. The Roofing Alliance is a founding member of this volunteer-based group. 

The Roofing Alliance is proud of its history of partnering with local and national charities in an effort to rebuild communities and install or repair roofing systems for those in need. Whether it’s donating money or time, we are committed to establishing and supporting a variety of charitable programs and initiatives that aim to make the world a better place. To learn more about membership opportunities or programs and projects funded or supported by this membership-based organization, please visit the Roofing Alliance’s website

Membership opportunities with the Roofing Alliance are available to all roofing professionals. For more information on our organization’s objectives or how you can join the Roofing Alliance, please contact us today.