Garland Co. Contributes to Vitality of Its Headquarters Neighborhood

The Garland Company, a full-service roofing manufacturer and building envelope solution provider based in Cleveland, announced a 2022 partnership with local non-profit University Settlement, highlighted by a recent “Spirit Week” employee charity drive that raised $50,000.

Garland U.S. Roofing Division President Matt McDermott (left) presents University Settlement Executive Director Earl Pike with a check for $50,000 raised through Garland’s recent “Spirit Week”.

University Settlement is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that has been providing much-needed social services to the residents of the Broadway Slavic Village neighborhood since 1926. Garland’s Spirit Week activities included a silent auction, games, raffles, and other employee-led fundraisers throughout the week, with 100 percent of proceeds going to support University Settlement’s mission. 

Matt McDermott, president of Garland’s U.S. Roofing Division, says: “Our manufacturing and U.S. headquarters have been located on East 91st Street since 1919, and our goal is to be an active contributor to the health and vitality of our neighborhood. The opportunity to partner with University Settlement and support our neighbors across Broadway Slavic Village was one that really galvanized our employees and resulted in what we feel was our best Spirit Week ever. The momentum has continued, as Garland team members have found a number of ways to support University Settlement with hands-on volunteering.”   

Earl Pike, executive director of University Settlement, adds: “While the financial support is wonderful and appreciated greatly, our team also valued the discovery in Garland of a kindred spirit. As an employee-owned company, Garland’s team is accountable to each other, they care for each other, and they have ownership of the work they do each day. Our goal at University Settlement is not just to empower our employees with that same feeling, but also the residents we serve.”

The Garland Company was recognized as a “Top Workplace” from cleveland.com and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and has been recognized as a NorthCoast 99 top employer for 22 years in a row. The 100 percent employee-owned company began “Spirit Week” in 2008, and each year, selects a worthy nonprofit with whom to partner.  

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