News & Stories6 min

LP® Outdoor Building Solutions® Partners with Hope Crisis Response Network to Build 100 Sheds for Sonoma County Wildfire Survivors

On June 9, 2018, LP® Outdoor Building Solutions® partnered with the Hope Crisis Response Network in the Inspiring Hope Shed Build event to build 100 sheds for families who lost their homes in the Sonoma County wildfires in fall 2017. Through this partnership, the LP Foundation worked with LP Outdoor Building Solutions, donating $40,000 worth of building materials for the sheds, which will be used to store tools and equipment while fire survivors rebuild their homes. 

The event attracted over 900 volunteers, who were divided into teams of four to eight people and paired with homeowners to build the sheds. LP Building Solutions Senior Market Development Manager, Dee Dee Graham, who helped facilitate the donation, volunteered at the event and said, “That day, I couldn’t help but feel extremely proud to be an LP employee. The turnout was very inspiring, with hundreds of incredible volunteers donating their time and working together to help rebuild their community.” 

Hope Crisis Response Network CEO and Founder Kevin Cox, who worked with Dee Dee to coordinate the product donation, said, “This event had a three-fold purpose. First, homeowners who are collecting items as they work on their property need a place to store them. Secondly, the shed is the beginning of the rebuilding process. It denotes progress and gives homeowners a sense of hope. Thirdly, the build begins the process of recruiting volunteers for home rebuilds in Sonoma County, as volunteers get a sample of the rewards of providing assistance to these families.” 

As a company, LP Building Solutions is committed to building strong relationships within their communities, whether that be through monetary or in-kind donations or volunteerism. This effort is an example of both, and part of the company’s overall commitment to giving back and supporting the communities where they live and work.

About Hope Crisis Response Network

Hope City is a ministry of Hope Crisis Response Network, a non-profit organization providing disaster response and relief founded in 1999. Hope City has been operating in Lake County, California, rebuilding homes following the Valley Fire in September 2015 and plans to build homes in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties as well.

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Protecting Your Business From Subcontractor Mistakes

Both general contractors and building product dealers have a lot on the line when they use subs, so it’s important to understand subcontractor liability. It’s common for both dealers and Big Box retailers to hire a subcontractor to install materials like hardwood flooring purchased at their stores. GCs likewise have relationships with many trade subcontractors.

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Industry Trends4 min
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