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1% Close to Home update

What a crazy year this has been for our new 1% Close to Home project. With what we have committed to we are at $18,000 to date for the year!

It has been so much fun dropping in the offices of these wonderful organizations that serve our valley, mostly unexpected, and donate funds they had not counted on. The passion they bring to their cause really shines through!

What a great year!

Umbrella Roofing helps build the Playground

A little late in posting this, but for our 1% Close to Home in March we contributed 8 of Umbrella Roofing’s finest to a day of helping build a playground at the Crystal River Elementary School. It was hands down one of the most amazing community events I have ever seen, with an average of 100 people a day for 4 days straight!

Affirmation that we live in the greatest place I’ve seen.

First picture is Mario and Freddy, second is my daughter at the opening ceremony

Wall Street Journal and Umbrella Roofing – Two Classics!

This week I had a few friends from around the country send me an article from the Wall Street Journal Online stating that Aspen was “The Most Expensive Town in America”. No big shock there, but as I looked at the pictures in the slide show I noticed two homes on which we are currently doing work.

Follow the link, these homes are insane! We are doing work on the first and fifth homes in the slide show.

We love this town!!

1% Close To Home

Recently I attended the Annual Business Conference put on by the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce. It was a fantastic event, with a number of great speakers and insightful presentations.

It was during Casey Sheahan’s (CEO of Patagonia) presentation that the idea of 1% Close To Home came to mind. Casey was talking about the incredibly successful 1% For the Planet initiative that was started by Patagonia, in which companies commit 1% of their GROSS revenue to approved environmental causes.

My wife Nicki and I have always practiced giving a portion of our income to charitable organizations and events, giving till it hurts as the saying goes, but I began to wonder what our company’s policy, if any, should look like. Although we are concerned about environmental causes, the focus of 1% FTP seemed too narrow. What is truly important to Umbrella Roofing, it’s employees and owners?

The only answer is OUR COMMUNITY! The community that has blessed us so greatly with the opportunity to live and work in the Roaring Fork Valley. This is where our heart lies and so it follows that this is where our giving will occur.

So here goes – BEGINNING JANUARY 1ST 2011 UMBRELLA ROOFING WILL GIVE 1% OF IT’S GROSS REVENUE TO ROARING FORK VALLEY NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND EVENTS. There. I said it.

Customers don’t worry! We will not be raising our prices to offset this new budget line item. It will only affect our bottom line, and the real bottom line is that we are a part of this community. You may, however, feel free to feel good about doing business with us.

1% Close To Home – it’s going to be awesome!