May 16, 2019
Cornerstone Superstar: 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. 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 100 percent of G&E’s employees, the company has pledged to contribute a total of $80,000 in 2019—8 percent more than its previous effort. 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. With G&E’s support, United Way increased its overall fundraising total by 5 percent, raising $1,745,000 for 51 local nonprofit organizations. G&E manager/supervisor Chris Russell chaired that record-breaking campaign for the entire community with his 8-year-old daughter Gabby.
Several other G&E employees have also served as campaign chairs 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.
G&E is a founding partner of Day of Caring, United Way’s annual event that connects student volunteers from 17 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.
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.
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