The Gerrittsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department welcomed Goldman Sachs Community TeamWorks volunteers the other day Friday, May 7 2010.
The 25+ year old ceiling tiles in the main hall were all replaced there were over 300 of them. The back yard was all cleaned of debris. The entire outside of the building was cleaned and painted. There was an amazing mural painted above the Memorial Plaque. The mural is a tribute to our Volunteers and the Blue and Gold Star Mothers.
The most important project ahead for the Vollies is the roof of the hall. Currently, because of the weight of the roof, the roof itself is sagging. This is causing the roof to leak. After receiving estimates from licensed roofers, this roof needs to be stripped of its 5 or 6 layers and completely redone. One of our estimates for the roof includes materials and the cost of the contractor – if the community roofers would get involved and help.
The bottom line is that in order for the Vollies to afford this, the Community roofers would have to work for free – as all the Vollies do – every day. However, when asked, the response from the contractors was, “I don’t work for FREE”. This response is very hurtful being the Vollies always work for free to respond every day.
This roof needs to be done now and the vollies are requesting anyone with roofing experience to help out and come forward.