GAF’s Response to Hurricane Florence to Address the Long Road to Recovery
Commits $1 million in total assistance, including roofing materials for over 200 homes
BURGAW, N.C. (October 4, 2018) – GAF, the largest roofing and waterproofing manufacturer in North America, has made a commitment of $1 million in total assistance in support of Hurricane Florence recovery efforts. GAF’s support is being delivered in the form of direct relief, financial contributions and in-kind donations of roofing materials.
GAF operates a plant and employs 224 people in Burgaw, N.C., which was severely impacted by the storm. Burgaw is a town of approximately 4,000 residents located 25 miles north of Wilmington, N.C.
“After two weeks of devastating floods, the full impact of Hurricane Florence is just now starting to be known,” said Jim Schnepper, president, GAF. “In Burgaw and throughout the Carolinas, many have still not been able to return to their homes, and some never will due to the massive destruction left in Hurricane Florence’s wake. That is why our focus is on providing sustained support – so that we can help our employees and the Burgaw community rebound and, ultimately, rebuild stronger than ever.”
At the center of GAF’s commitment is the establishment of an employee relief fund to provide much needed financial assistance to those experiencing hardship and needing to rebuild or repair their homes as a result of Hurricane Florence.
As the community looks to rebuild, GAF has committed to provide enough roofing shingles to replace the roofs of more than 200 homes in the most vulnerable communities. This includes an initial donation of more than 300,000 square feet of shingles to Good360, a global leader in product philanthropy and purposeful giving. Good360 works with recovery agencies, local recovery groups and nonprofits to determine exactly what’s needed and when, ensuring that GAF’s giving efforts are both effective and efficient.
In addition, the company has made financial contributions to nonprofits providing food, shelter and other relief services to the Burgaw community, and has provided direct shipments of relief items to support GAF employees and their families.