Generosity Through the Roof – Horch donates roof to nonprofit Trekkers
ROCKLAND — On the morning of June 16, Peter Horch and Kellie Russomano of Horch Roofing move into the building that Trekkers, a nonprofit youth counseling organization, purchased in January. The building needed a new roof, which would be fully installed days later. Peter and Kellie were there to meet Trekkers Program Director Brandon Caron and Trekkers Communications and Impact Manager Teresa Valdepeñas for the celebratory photo.
Once inside the building, the four looked at a giant map of the United States hung on the wall and filled with more than a hundred pins indicating where students had been. “The Pacific Northwest is quite popular. Oh, (pointing to Houston, Texas) that was when students went down to help after Hurricane Harvey,” Caron showed. Horch had also gone south to help with disasters. The two reminisced about what it was like to be there and help out, before grouping together and posing for a photo.
Afterwards, Horch and Russomano stayed to talk about how the roof donation came about. Horch said for years they tended to stay away from donating roofs. But this year, that trend was reversed. Every year, staff vote on issues they care about (such as child problems, hunger, or housing). When a request comes in, such as Trekkers’ request for a roof, a smaller committee (the Responsible Giving Committee) carefully reviews, makes an estimate, and finally decides whether or not to proceed with a request once it’s within the budget has been set and is in accordance with the giving. goals.
Russomano, like a few other Horch Roofing employees, is a Trekkers family. She proudly introduced herself as pro Team Krakatoa and Team Crux, with both a son and a daughter in the program. There are also a few other Horch Roofing employees who are Trekkers alumni. Horch Roofing Marketing Coordinator, Alexi Frey added: “Employees who have been part of Trekkers are a very vocal group and we support Trekkers to a great extent based on their wishes.” Russomano’s role was to make sure her voice was heard. She said: “My role was… [saying] how important Trekkers is to my family. I have two children in Trekkers and it has given my children really great experiences. I wanted to make sure Horch knew it was important to me, and they listened.”
“This 30th roof comes after celebrating our 25th anniversary,” said Trekkers Executive Director Amie Hutchison, “and is an incredible investment in the young people here. It means so much that it was ridden by Trekkers families for Trekkers families. We are all so grateful to be able to say that Trekkers is possible because of the generosity of those who give back – it’s true. That’s pretty special.”
For more than 25 years, the nonprofit Trekkers has been committed to helping young people thrive. Through its unique six-year mentoring and expedition learning program, research shows measurable increases in student resilience, relationship building and ambition. Visit the website at trekkers.org for more information.