PARSIPPANY, N.J. — GAF launched a new social impact initiative called GAF Community Matters to strengthen and support the communities it serves.
GAF has renewed its partnerships with several non-profit organizations as a part of this effort, committing more than $6 million in financial and in-kind donations in 2020 to help neighbors, create disaster resiliency and build community, including materials to roof over 1,500 homes.
“GAF is committed to protecting what matters most, not only through our products, but as neighbors and partners in the communities where we live and work,” said Jim Schnepper, president of GAF. “Our partners within GAF’s new Community Matters initiative will help us amplify our collective impact together; bringing meaningful change to our communities in new and exciting ways.”
GAF is working in partnership with leading organizations, including the following:
- Habitat for Humanity: GAF has established a Community Contractor Program with Habitat that donates roofing materials and connects local Habitat organizations with independent contractors enrolled in GAF’s certified contractor program to address a critical need for safe, decent and affordable housing. To date, GAF has supported the installation of over 2,000 roofs since 2011.
- Team Rubicon: GAF aims to shorten the road to recovery for communities hit by disasters, particularly for low-attention disasters that do not receive significant resources, by helping train at least 100 GAF employees as volunteers for Team Rubicon deployment in 2020. To date, GAF has helped support nearly 4,000 volunteer disaster response deployments with Team Rubicon.
- Good360: GAF will donate roofing materials and other supplies to help Good360 address the long-term needs of communities recovering from disasters. In 2019, GAF provided 56 truckloads of roofing materials to Good360, which were distributed to approximately 20 non-profit partners nationwide to roof more than 600 properties.
- Project for Public Spaces: GAF is investing in the development of physical spaces where community members can come together in areas that are home to GAF manufacturing operations. GAF will also continue working with Project for Public Spaces, GAF employees, service organizations and local governments to address the distinctive needs in communities where GAF’s plants and headquarters are located.
As part of these efforts, GAF employees will have expanded opportunities to get involved, from volunteer time off to connecting them with causes that are close to them, including an employee relief fund.
For more information, visit www.gaf.com/communitymatters.