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A Commitment to the Community

When I was in high school and college, I was a member of two organizations that did a lot of community service. In college, many weekends and the occasional weeknight were spent helping out around the community and with different organizations that needed assistance.

Likewise, volunteering and donating time, products and resources is one of the many ways a company can give back to the community. Giving back is one of the easiest ways to share your successes with others.

solatube school operation textbook, blog, metal architecture, marcy marroFor example, since research shows that students benefit from daylit environments, Solatube International donates its Solatube Daylighting Systems to qualifying schools and colleges in 2014. Known as "Operation Textbook," the program is for PreK-12 school districts and higher education facilities interested in daylighting their facilities. Organizations can get up to 10 units; 19 were completed in 2013.

"We have been daylighting classrooms and educational facilities for over 20 years," says Solatube International President Robert Westfall. "Giving students and faculty access to natural light is nothing short of transformative. Absenteeism and lighting energy costs go down and performance and wellbeing go up. We created 'Operation Textbook' to get more daylight to more students and teachers."

One of the many ways Houston-based NCI Building Systems gives back to the community is by serving as the Medal of Honor sponsor of ConocoPhillips' 5th Annual Warrior Sporting Clays tournament. The event, which takes place in September, raises money for Team Red, White and Blue, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of U.S. veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.

NCI volunteers time and helps with fundraising efforts, in addition to sponsoring five veterans to join NCI employee teams at the clay shoot.

"NCI leadership has long been passionate supporters of the armed forces, and we have enthusiastically participated in similar opportunities, in recent years, to sponsor military-focused fundraising events as a company," says Delvin Warner, president of corporate accounts at NCI Building Systems. "We encourage our employees to get involved in events like this along with their colleagues and families, and we're excited to join ConocoPhillips and Team Red, White and Blue in their mission to honor and support our military and their loved ones."

GAF assists in the rebuilding of the Memory Makers' Building at Give Kids the World Village, a nonprofit organization that exists to fulfill the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the world to experience a memorable, joyful, cost-free visit to the Central Florida attractions and enjoy the Give Kids the World Village.

"When GAF got the call to be a part of this rebuild we immediately said yes," explains Alyssa Hall, marketing communications manager at GAF. "Give Kids The World is an amazing charity that has been changing the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses and their families for 28 years. GAF is proud to have put a new roof on their facility so they can continue to bring happiness and smiles to the deserving families and children from around the world." GAF Master Elite Contractors Collis Roofing and Roof Top Services donated their time and labor towards installing the new GAF Timberline roof, while ABC Supply in Orlando donated delivery of the product.

There are many ways the companies can give back to the community. What are some ways in which your company or firm gives back?

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