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Contractors host golfing event to support projects

By Kara Hallissey | Aug 10, 2017

(Aug. 11, 2017) The nonprofit organization Contractors for a Cause hosted its fourth annual golf classic last Friday afternoon at Ocean City Golf Club in Berlin to raise money for residential projects, Diakonia and high school scholarships.

“Contractors for a Cause is important to the community, because it’s unique in its capabilities,” said Josh Martin, a member of Contractors for a Cause in Maryland and owner of Seaside Plumbing in Berlin. “Having professional, licensed and certified contractors working on your home will ensure that the volunteer work we do is only the highest quality.”

The local nonprofit organization helps disadvantaged community members in Delaware and Maryland through donations, volunteering and fundraising. It is dedicated to providing free services and professional advice in the field of home construction, maintenance and repair.

“Everyone needs a helping hand now and again, while getting through a rough period,” Martin said. “It’s important for all of us to come together to ensure that our community stays the wonderful place that it is.”

These contractors host annual events to raise money for local organizations including Diakonia, a residence in West Ocean City that provides emergency and transitional housing, food services, counseling and assistance to its guests, and give out scholarships to help young adults pursuing a career in the industry.

Martin helps facilitate the Maryland Legacy Scholarship Program. A $1,500 scholarship was awarded to a Stephen Decatur High School graduate interested in the building industry including contracting, industry work, construction, building, architect work or engineering the last three years.

“Ethan Call won the scholarship this year, he is interested in pursuing a career in chemical engineering,” Martin said. “Definitely a bright young man. [It was a] unanimous decision to give him the scholarship from our selection committee.”

Stephen Decatur High School seniors interested in applying for the scholarship can find application and essay information at  www.ContractorsForACause.org.

Through its Helping Hands Program, the group performed maintenance on a few air conditioning systems, fixed roofs, performed various mechanical maintenance tasks and replaced roof shingles at Diakonia since last August.

In Worcester County, members replaced a roof including the framing for an elderly woman in West Ocean City, built handicap accessible ramps, in addition to converting a bathroom to handicap accessible for a resident in the community.

“It is a way for contractors in our area to give back to the community we live in,” said Bob Purcell, a member of Contractors for a Cause in Maryland and facilitator of the Helping Hands Program. “We live here, we work here and we need to give back here.”

Contractors for a Cause was co-founded by Jim Kyger and several others in Delaware 17 years ago. Success with the first chapter led to Kyger establishing a branch closer to his Bishopville businesses, All States Construction and Masterjack.

“We excel the most at getting projects done at half the price,” Martin said. “We are all contractors and have leverage to keep the costs down through suppliers. It is no expense to the person in need. Our real strengths lie in stretching the budget.”

Maryland’s Contractors for a Cause was founded more than five years ago.

In 2016, the Maryland Chapter of Contractors for a Cause raised $18,000 during the annual golf tournament with 19 teams participating. Organizers estimate 72 players on 18 teams participated last Friday.

“All proceeds go to a nonprofit organization and it’s tax deductible,” Martin said.

For more information on Contractors for a Cause visit, www.contractorsforacause.org.

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