April 24, 2018
2018 Cornerstone Partner: G&E Roofing
G&E Roofing, an Augusta-based professional commercial roofing contractor, has left its imprint on the Kennebec Valley in more ways than one. In addition to generating more than $10 million in annual sales, owner Norman Elvin directs a substantial amount of profits to numerous charities, civic groups and nonprofits, including United Way of Kennebec Valley.
G&E has partnered with United Way for more than 30 years. Through a corporate gift and donations from all of G&E’s 65 employees, the company has pledged to contribute a total of $53,262 in 2018—7 percent more than its 2017 campaign. This contribution again positions G&E Roofing as one of United Way’s 12 Cornerstone Partners, which collectively make up more than 53 percent of UWKV’s annual campaign. This is the second year of the recognition program.
A graduate of Cony High School, Elvin launched G&E Roofing with a partner in 1975. Elvin is the sole owner of the company, which has been selected as one of 15 companies nationwide for roofing excellence. The company has also received the Governor’s Award for Business Excellence and Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year recognition.
“United Way creates a unique opportunity for us in that our employees are allowed to participate through payroll deduction, and the distribution of these funds is directed by an allocation committee, going where it is most needed in our local communities,” said Elvin.
Elvin led United Way’s annual fundraising campaign in 2001. Several G&E employees have also served as campaign leaders and currently sit on United Way’s Board of Directors.
In addition to facilitating a successful annual campaign, G&E hosts the United Way’s Food Pantry Project, for which employees generously collect non-perishable items to supply to local food banks. In one year, G&E staff donated 155 grocery bags of food, joining United Way’s elite 100 Bag Club faster than any other business.
G&E is a founding partner of Day of Caring, United Way’s annual event that connects student volunteers from 15 local schools with work projects throughout Kennebec Valley. Dedicated G&E employees organize, deliver and store tools and equipment to support students in their service projects.
Philanthropy is embedded in G&E’s culture, as evidenced by the company’s contributions to the construction of Cony High School, MaineGeneral Health regional hospital, Kennebec Valley YMCA and Lithgow Library. The company has also made significant gifts to the Kennebec River Rail Trail, Bond Brook Recreational Area, local hospice programs, Waterville Opera House, Kennebec Valley Humane Society, Friends of Cobbossee Watershed and more.
Elvin has also been recognized for his support of MaineGeneral Hospice through G&E Roofing's program of storing, delivering and setting up equipment, which started in 1987 after his terminally ill mother died. The Elvin family had called on Hospice for her care and was so grateful for the help they received. Norm has dedicated a storage space on site at G&E Roofing for Hospice equipment, and several G&E employees deliver and set up equipment when a call is received for help.
“We are pleased to have been able to support just about everything and every cause that we have been asked to,” Elvin said.
Over the years, G&E’s business projects have included roofing for the new MaineGeneral Health, Colby College’s Lorimer Chapel, Maine Medical Center’s Bean Wing, Hannaford, Shaw’s, PFG NorthCenter Foodservice and the Returns Center at L.L.Bean.
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