Northeast Ohio Contractors That Give Back

By Kyla Price

When looking for a company to do business with, it’s important to look for good reviews, services, and products. But it’s also a good idea to seek out those that give back to the local communities they serve. Here are just a few of the many HGExpo exhibitors that give back to those around them.

Cabinets & Granite Direct

Cabinets and Granite Direct works closely with the Salvation Army Harbor Light Complex, located at 1710 Prospect Avenue in Cleveland. Employees are hired (both temporary and permanent) from the Salvation Army’s employment program, which is part of Salvation Army’s transitional control program. The men and women who are part of the program are convicted felons trying to pave a pathway to a better life, and most have recently been released from prison. Cabinets and Granite Direct gives these people a fresh start by providing them with employment opportunities, and, more often than not, these folks turn out to be the best employees one could ever expect to have.

Cabinets and Granite Direct also regularly donates cabinets to the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity/Re-Store. Within the last six months alone, the company has donated five truckloads of discontinued cabinets.

Perfect Home Restoration

Like many HGExpo exhibitors, Perfect Home Restoration looks for ways to benefit the local community which it serves. Owner Jaime Thomas said her company has been involved with donating shingles to a local high school for their dugouts, therefore helping children locally and offsetting taxpayer expenses. In addition, her company has donated funds to an Amish-run charity event, and all of the proceeds collected by the charity went to the Haiti Relief Project.

On-Call Waterproofing

On-Call Waterproofing donates time and equipment to an organization called the West Creek Preservation Committee. Since the company began, it has donated countless pieces of equipment to help remove abandoned cars, in addition to equipment that aids with planting trees along trails. On-Call has also donated items that assist with clearing out abandoned lots for urban gardens, tearing down dilapidated houses, installing split rail fencing, maintaining lots, and farm-related activities.

Franciscus Incorporated Roofing

Franciscus Incorporated Roofing gives back to the local community by installing three free roofs every year for quiet heroes and families in need. That’s nearly unheard of these days. See photos of the company’s giveaway projects or view recipient testimonials.


Aside from the people hired and the money spent in local communities, the folks at EncoreGarage love to give back by helping others who are less fortunate, says Mike Padden, owner of EncoreGarage. He was thrilled when approached by WITAN and asked to contribute to its annual W.O.W! Gala, The Imagine Ball.

WITAN is a dynamic not-for-profit organization composed of women who embrace civic responsibility in their communities. WITAN reaches out to the not-for-profit organizations serving the needs of the greater Akron community and offers each an opportunity to request funds to supplement programs or special projects. The organizations selected to receive the funds are those with the greatest need, and those that will provide an important benefit to the community.

“I saw this as a great opportunity to give back by helping an organization that does so much for the community,” Mike says.

For the past two years, EncoreGarage has donated a FLEXCore Garage Floor Coating System valued at $2,400, which was auctioned at WITAN’s event. “We have been told that the donation item was very successful and may have even started a bit of a bidding war. We were so thrilled to hear that our FLEXCore Floor Coating System was well received by the attendees and plan on donating it again to the next W.O.W! Gala,” Mike says.

Cabinets and Granite Direct operates out of Cleveland and Painesville. To contact them, call 330-529-5644.

On-Call Waterproofing is located at 3110 W. Pleasant Valley Road, in Parma. Call 440-550-4144, or email for a free in-home estimate.

A Better Business Bureau Accredited Business, Franciscus Incorporated Roofing is also a proud member of the National Roofing Contractor Association and the North Ridgeville Chamber of Commerce. Reach the company by phone at 440-536-9777.

EncoreGarage serves Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, and Pittsburgh. Call 330-899-4089.

Perfect Home Restoration is located at 750 East Washington Street, Suite B-1, in Medina. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reach the company by phone at 216-609-3798.