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Roofers' Charity Works in VA to Ensure “No Roof Left Behind”

No Roof Left Behind is a group of roofing contractors who collaborate to make some deserving homeowners dry, warm and very happy. (No Roof Left Behind)
No Roof Left Behind is a group of roofing contractors who collaborate to make some deserving homeowners dry, warm and very happy. (No Roof Left Behind)
March 25, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. - What might best be described as a "roofers' charity" is now taking nominations in Virginia for folks who may need a new roof at no cost and the whole process is open and very community-run.

No Roof Left Behind is a group of roofing contractors in 70 communities, including two in Virginia. Anyone can go to its website and nominate a homeowner for a free roof.

Dena Elie, member development director with the group, says they sort through the applications and then, put the finalists up for an open vote.

"The conditions that some of our neighbors are living in, and they quietly cope," says Elie. "The folks getting these roofs almost always say someone else is more deserving. And their total lack of entitlement might be what makes it most rewarding."

The group started seven years ago with one family roofing business in Detroit that wanted to help someone and needed help picking the most deserving case. Since then, Elie says No Roof Left Behind has just grown organically.

It's now in 19 states, with a half-dozen more in development. The website is noroofleftbehind.com.

Big roofing-supply manufacturer GAF supplies the group with materials for 90 moderately-sized homes a year.

Elie says the contractors who join the group are mostly small companies that agree to do one roof each a year for free.

"No Roof Left Behind installers are a very big-hearted, generous group of, most often, family-run organizations," says Elie. "When you start meeting other roofing installers from across the country, it's a very fraternal feeling. There's a bit of a brotherhood."

Elie says the nomination process is so simple it can be done on a smartphone.

She says the first step is to see if there is a No Roof Left Behind contractor in that zip code and then, it's just a few simple questions and uploading some photos.

Dan Heyman, Public News Service - VA