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Lend a Hand This #GivingTuesday

The first Tuesday following Thanksgiving has been dubbed #GivingTuesday.

It’s a day to honor what the holidays should be all about – helping others and giving back. #GivingTuesday is a day to make a special contribution to those organizations that help in our community.

When you’re deciding where you should direct your contribution, we hope you would consider one or more of the very worthy charitable organizations that we support.

These include Habitat for Humanity, HomeAid Southern Nevada, Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada, Project 150 and St. Jude’s Ranch.

Giving back to the communities that have helped us to be successful is one of the foundations of the Cooper Roofing & Solar family. We hope you are able to lend a hand this #GivingTuesday.

St. Jude’s Project Featured in Local Report

Giving back is its own reward, but sometimes it generates unexpected benefits. The Boulder City Review dishes out kudos to the companies and organizations, including Cooper Roofing & Solar, that participated in the reroofing and other renovations of several homes at St. Jude’s Ranch for Children in Boulder City.

A charitable donation by multiple groups has given St. Jude’s Ranch for Children a much-needed upgrade.

Five companies HomeAid of Southern Nevada, Cooper Roofing and Solar, Warmington Residential, Boral Roofing and Vision Paint and Drywall donated money, people and resources to help fix the roofs of three of St. Jude’s cottage homes.

The roofing issues plaguing the buildings caused additional problems, resulting in the need for repairs to drywall and paint. With new roofs installed, St. Jude’s was able to address these and make the buildings safer for the children.

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children Grants Manager Jed Blake said the repairs on the roofs were desperately needed. Over the years, the roofs on the buildings weathered to a point of tiles becoming brittle and broken and the damage was causing water to seep through the homes and causing a health hazard for the children, Blake said.

The roofing project was needed for the St. George, St. Francis and St. Louis cottages.

Blake said the children now have a safer living environment thanks to the volunteers.

The new roofs will guarantee a safe and dry living environment for the children for years to come, he said.

In addition to reroofing the buildings, replacing the old clay tile with new concrete tile donated by Boral Roofing, Cooper Roofing & Solar installed new gutters where they were necessary to protect the buildings.

We’re proud to be a part of this project and honored to participate with a great group of construction companies and organizations who put all they could into making this a success for HomeAid Southern Nevada, St. Jude’s and the children they serve.

Transforming Lives, One (or More) Roof(s) at a Time

For more than four decades, St. Jude’s Ranch for Children in Boulder City has been transforming “the lives of abused and at-risk children, young adults and families.” But, as is common among charitable organizations, resources are scarce and every dollar spent on buildings and other capital projects is a dollar that can’t be spent pursuing the mission and helping those who need it.

So when we got the chance to put our expertise to work improving the facilities at St. Jude’s while minimizing the financial impact on this great organization, we were eager to help.

You may remember that last year we reroofed a few of the residences at St. Jude’s. This year, the project was much larger, in many ways.

On the more recent project, we reroofed 5 buildings at St. Jude’s – 3 cottages housing children ranging from infant to young adult, an early learning center and the therapy building. We also worked with a much larger group of partners on the project.

Cooper Roofing & Solar donated labor to complete these reroofs and teamed with our friends at Boral Roofing, who provided the concrete roofing tile that was used on these buildings. The building reroofs were performed as part of a shelter build project by HomeAid Southern Nevada, which was also aided by Warmington Residential.

On the reroofs performed last year, we re-installed the existing clay tile, replacing only those pieces that were not reusable after being removed. On this project, because of Boral Roofing’s generosity, we installed brand new concrete tile on these buildings. The old clay tile was removed from these roofs and stacked on pallets (as shown in one of the photos below).

The underlayment was replaced and new concrete tile installed to complete the pitched roofs. In addition, single-ply roofing was installed in flat roof areas.

We also installed gutters and downspouts on the cottages to aid roof drainage and avoid water draining onto patio and courtyard areas, improving the living experiences for the residents.

We are proud to contribute to improving the lives of the children who call St. Jude’s home and to help this great organization focus on pursuing its mission instead of worrying about its roofs.

Target Homelessness: Right on Target

3Target Homelessness 2016The biggest and best yet, the 3rd Annual Target Homelessness, once again was right on target!

Benefiting HomeAid Southern Nevada and the Nevada Subcontractors Association (NSA), Target Homelessness is held at the Pro Gun Club on Old U.S. Highway 95 in Boulder City. The event not only helps out two wonderful causes but also provides home builders, subcontractors and suppliers with a chance to have a whole lot of fun, too!

Cooper Roofing & Solar took full advantage!

We fielded four teams to compete in the event, including giving a couple of our people their first opportunity to shoot sporting clays. We even had a couple raffle prize winners among our teams. It was an excellent time for everyone involved and another chance to give back to the community.

Proceeds from the event go to help HomeAid Southern Nevada and the NSA aid the community through housing and community outreach.

HomeAid Southern builds “new lives for Southern Nevada’s homeless through housing and community outreach. We carry out this mission through care days, education and awareness in the community and shelter projects.”

The NSA works “support the educational, charitable, and political interests of construction subcontractors in the State of Nevada.”

Cooper Roofing & Solar proudly supports the great work of both these organizations, outside of Target Homelessness as well.

Cooper Roofing & Solar has participated in all three Target Homelessness events. Each year turnout, fundraising and the level of fun have far exceeded the previous year. We can’t wait for next year!

Cooper Roofing & Solar: 2015; Nothing We Can’t Do!

2015 was another fantastic year for Cooper Roofing & Solar! We worked all over Nevada, from the farthest tip of Southern Nevada north to Reno, even over the hump in Pahrump! From commercial to residential to custom homes we covered with solar, single-ply, metal roofing & siding, waterproofing, gutters, roof coatings, decks, shingles and, of course, no one installs more tile than we do. Our safety program won prestigious awards. Even with all the hard work, laughter and fun were always on the menu.

Powering the Foundation for Success

NPHY8Giving back to the communities that have helped make our success possible is one of the guiding principles of Cooper Roofing & Solar.

As one piece of this commitment to giving back, we participated in the expansion of the Drop-In Center for the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, part of a six-figure in-kind donation of construction labor and materials provided by local contractors and suppliers through HomeAid Southern Nevada. We recently completed the installation of a new solar system for the Drop-In Center as part of this project.

The Drop-In Center is an essential part of the mission of NPHY.

The Drop-In Center is NPHY’s hub, serving as an entry point to all of NPHY’s programs and a connector to our community’s full range of services for homeless youth. For many homeless youth, walking through the doors of NPHY’s Drop-In Center is their first, crucial step beyond the streets.

NPHY’s Drop-In Center provides homeless youth, ages 12 – 21, with immediate needs services while linking them to the resources they need to ultimately become independent. Our Drop-In Center provides respite from the streets and first meets homeless youths’ basic needs by providing them with food, clothing, hygiene supplies, haircuts, bus passes, calling cards, and other survival supplies. Only once homeless youths’ basic needs are met are they often able to turn from “survival mode” and begin focusing on the future.

In an earlier phase of the project, discussed in Topping Off the Foundation for Success, Cooper Roofing & Solar provided a new roof, removing the existing roofing system and installing a new one, with tile donated by Boral Roofing. During this portion of the project we also removed the solar system from the existing building to allow for other necessary construction and remodeling work to be completed. The new solar system will allow NPHY to save money on its utilities so it can devote more of its resources to providing vital services to our community and our youth.

The expansion of the NPHY Drop-in Center was part of HomeAid Southern Nevada’s commitment to building new lives for the homeless in Southern Nevada through housing and community outreach. The bulk of this upgrade was completed earlier in 2015 with NPHY hosting a block party to commemorate the event. Cooper Roofing & Solar president Scott Donnelly currently serves as Vice President for HomeAid Southern Nevada.

We are extremely gratified to have been able to be a part of the expansion of the Drop-In Center, which will allow NPHY to continue and expand upon the essential role it plays in our community.

Transforming Lives, with Your Help

St JudesSt. Jude’s Ranch for Children in Boulder City transforms “the lives of abused and at-risk children, young adults and families by empowering them to create new chances, new choices and new hope in a caring community.”

Residents of St. Jude’s can also benefit from a variety of programs and therapeutic services to meet their needs and help improve their lives.

The St. Jude’s facility in Boulder City was founded more than 45 years ago and many of the buildings are that old and older. Earlier this year, Cooper Roofing & Solar replaced the roofs on three of the buildings at St. Jude’s Ranch for Children and performed some minor repairs on some of the other buildings on the campus, which overlooks Lake Mead.

There are many ways in which you can get involved with St. Jude’s Ranch, through donating money, volunteering your time, donating items to their Wish List and more.

St. Jude’s also has a program in which you can sign up to become a “Givver”. By donating just $5, enough to feed a child living at St. Jude’s Ranch three highly-nutritious meals in a day, you can become a “Givver”. Givvers can also use Twitter to notify their followers and encourage them to give.

As the holiday season reaches its peak, please remember those children who aren’t as fortunate as our own – those who are abused, at-risk and who need the services of St. Jude’s. Your gift to St. Jude’s can go a long way toward making these children’s lives brighter.

Through the holiday season, we’ve been featuring some of the worthy charitable organizations that we support and assist. We’ve highlighted the work they do in the community and urge you to remember them with contributions of your time, talent and treasure. Previous posts in this series can be found here, here and here.

Wishes Are More than Just a Nice Thing

Make-A-Wish11An average of every 37 minutes, Make-A-Wish® nationally grants a wish for some child with a life-threatening medical condition. The organization believes these wishes can be a “game-changer” for a child.

At Make-A-Wish®, “Wishes are more than just a nice thing”

A wish experience can be a game-changer for a child with a life-threatening medical condition.

This one belief guides us in everything we do at Make-A-Wish®. It inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve. It compels us to be creative in exceeding the expectations of every wish kid. It drives us to make our donated resources go as far as possible.

Most of all, it’s the founding principle of our vision to grant the wish of every eligible child.

Wishes are more than just a nice thing. And they are far more than gifts, or singular events in time. Wishes impact everyone involved – wish kids, volunteers, donors, sponsors, medical professionals and communities. The impact varies. For wish kids, just the act of making their wish come true can give them the courage to comply with their medical treatments. Parents might finally feel like they can be optimistic. And still others might realize all they have to offer the world through volunteer work or philanthropy.

Whatever the odds, whatever the obstacles … wishes find a way to make the world better.

“We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.”

Making these wishes come true is no easy feat. Make-A-Wish® frequently coordinates with airlines, hotels, theme parks, police departments, government agencies, private businesses, even trade organizations and construction companies. This summer Cooper Roofing & Solar participated, through the Nevada Subcontractors Association (NSA), in granting a wish for one of Make-A-Wish® Southern Nevada’s wish kids.

A local family whose daughter suffers from a severe form of an extremely rare disease needed a new air conditioner.

On June 16, 2015 the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada reached out to the Nevada Subcontractors Association. A family that lives here in Las Vegas had a very important wish that they were looking to have granted…The family has lived in their home for over 15 years, and although they had made efforts to repair the air conditioner, they were unable to get it to work… By Wednesday, June 24th, NSA Members Cooper Roofing & Solar and Sierra, LLC were at the home, removing the non-working AC unit, repairing the roof, and installing a brand new AC unit for the family.

A representative from Make-A-Wish stated that most wishes take four to six months before they can be granted. This one took less than 10 days.

Now the NSA is holding a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish® Southern Nevada to help make more wishes come true for more children who need them.

Please consider donating to this fundraiser and helping a make a child’s wish come true.

Through the holiday season, we will be featuring worthy charitable organizations that we support and assist. We will be highlighting the work they do in the community and urge you to remember them with contributions of your time, talent and treasure. Previous posts in this series can be found here and here.

It’s #GivingTuesday, Please Support these Worthy Organizations

First, it’s Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, then Cyber Monday at the beginning of the following week. Today, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is designated Giving Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday is a day devoted to giving back and giving to those organizations that help the less fortunate.

At Cooper Roofing & Solar, giving back to the communities that have made our success possible and making them better places to live is one of the foundations of our company.

When you’re donating your time, talent and treasure this Giving Tuesday, please remember the fantastic charitable organizations that we support that perform excellent and vital work in Southern Nevada.

These include Habitat for Humanity, HomeAid Southern Nevada, Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada, Project 150 and St. Jude’s Ranch.

Much More than Its Name, Project 150 Helps Thousands

150LogoBannerFour years ago around Christmas, Don Purdue and Patrick Spargur heard the story of 150 homeless students at Rancho High School who needed support over the Christmas break. Their project to help these 150 has grown into an organization that now helps more than 2,500 homeless high school students on 44 campuses throughout the Las Vegas area every month.

Working with the high schools, Project 150 provides food, school supplies, clothing and toiletry items to homeless high school students. In addition, the organization supplies caps and gowns, bus passes and weekend meal bags.

Project 150 maintains “resource rooms” in 13 of the schools in which it operates. Food, hygiene and school supplies for the students Project 150 aids are available in these resource rooms.

According to Project 150 Executive Director Meli Pulido, the number of homeless students in the area has grown from about 9,300 three years ago to more than 11,000 today.

In the beginning, Purdue and Spargur delivered supplies in the backs of their vehicles. Now Project 150 is housed in an 8,000-square foot facility at Rancho and Gowan.

This new facility, sponsored by the Engelstadt family, houses Project 150’s offices, warehouse, volunteer areas and Betty’s, a boutique-style shop where high school students can pick up free clothing. When Project 150 moved into their new building, Cooper Roofing & Solar repaired the roof to ensure the elements wouldn’t stand in the way of Project 150 carrying out its mission.

During the holidays, Project 150 provides 1,500 meal boxes (enough for a family of 4) each for Thanksgiving and Christmas – feeding a total of 12,000 people on those two days.

Each quarter of the year, Project 150 features a drive to focus on particular articles for homeless students. But Project 150 accepts donations of critical supplies, volunteer hours and funds all year round!

Project 150 is one of the outstanding organizations that Cooper Roofing & Solar is proud to support and is worthy of your support as well.

From now through the holiday season, we will be featuring worthy charitable organizations that we support and assist. We will be highlighting the work they do in the community and urge you to remember them with contributions of your time, talent and treasure. Previous post in this series here.

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