The Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence had needed roof repairs since March, when Lawrence was pounded by a hailstorm.
So on Saturday morning, more than a dozen roofers climbed on top of the building, donating their time and work to reshingle it. The members of Roofers Local Union 20-20B spent most of the day hammering new shingles onto the roof.
"We do four or five charity jobs a year," said Jim Hadel, union business manager. "A lot of these agencies don't have much money for things like this. It makes you feel good to help them out."
The Boys and Girls Club, 1520 Haskell, is a United Way of Douglas County agency that works with disadvantaged youths.
After the club's roof suffered hail damage, its director, John Alesch, asked Rhodes Heating and Roofing Co., 832 Pa., to donate a roof. Most of the 13 roofers who volunteered Saturday were from Rhodes, but four union representatives also got into the act.
The union also brought several apprentices, who are completing a three-year training program that mixes classroom training with hands-on training. The volunteer project is a good opportunity for the apprentices to gain on-the-job experience, Hadel said.
Roofers Local Union 20-20B includes Lawrence, Topeka and the Kansas City area, he said. Roofing supplies were donated by Tamko, of Joplin, Mo., and Midway Sales, Topeka.
Asked how much the club's new 7,100-square-foot roof normally would cost, Hadel guessed the materials and labor would come to about $7,000.
"That hailstorm didn't help it at all," he said, looking down at the chipped and pockmarked old roof.
Inside the clubhouse, Alesch and other staff members were preparing for the club's Halloween Festival, planned for Oct. 31 as an alternative to trick-or-treating.
As the banging and pounding continued overhead, Alesch said, "We could never have done this without Rhodes Roofing or the union.
"This helps us out and helps their apprentices out. It helps everyone."