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Wood-Ridge Businessman Honored by New Jersey Assembly for Selfless Giving

Chuck Anania and his crew work to install a roof for a needy family. Credits: Chuck Anania
Some of the children Anania has helped in Colombia. Credits: Chuck Anania
Chuck Anania holds the proclamation from the New Jersey General Assembly. Credits: Chuck Anania

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ – Business owner Chuck Anania was recognized with a New Jersey General Assembly resolution honoring his selfless efforts to help the community in early August. The resolution was sponsored by Assemblyman Gary Schaer (District 36, Passaic) and Assemblywoman Marlene Caride (District 36 Ridgefield.)

“Under the superb leadership of founder and President Chuck Anania, the leaders and staff of Roof4Roof have worked tirelessly and effectively in benefit of others” reads the resolution.

Through his company, the Wood-Ridge resident uses proceeds from every completed project to help families in need. To date, Roof4Roof has helped more than 700 families in the United States and abroad.

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“One of life’s most basic needs is shelter. Keeping a safe, dry roof over your family’s heads has become increasingly difficult for many homeowners” said Anania about the families he seeks to help.

It all started in 2010 when Anania visited Cali, Colombia. He was deeply moved by the extreme poverty and terrible conditions he saw: collapsing, leaky roofs posed serious health, safety and quality of life issues to many, including children and the elderly.

Anania knew he had to help in some way. Drawing on his nearly 20 years of roofing experience, he figured out a way to help those unable to help themselves in a continuous, sustainable way. And from there Roof4Roof was born.

In addition to the United States and Colombia, Anania has worked in the Philippines and Guatemala. He hopes to add India to the list soon. He has helped over 200 families in New Jersey. In the United States, they partner with Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together, and Catholic Charities among others, to identify families in need.

“It is altogether proper and fitting for this House to acknowledge Roof4Roof, and to praise it as a distinguished and upstanding member of the Garden States business community” the resolution continued.

Anania was presented with the award on August 1 during a blood drive that his company hosted in conjunction with New Jersey Blood Services. Roof4Roof hosted the drive in response to an emergency shortage in local blood supply.

"It’s very humbling for us to get so much recognition in such a short period of time," he said. "Our entire team has been working in our charitable efforts for the last eight year helping nearly 800 families. We are just a small company trying to make difference each day."

In addition, Anania received the inaugural Great Oak Award in 2014 which “honors businesses that have strong Jersey roots and generously support charitable institutions and social causes” according to its website.

He has also been recognized by the Making A Difference Award Committee sponsored by Russ Berrie and Ramapo College in 2013 and 2017. The Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award honors Garden State residents whose outstanding community service and charitable contributions made a substantial impact on the lives of others.

“We appreciate the passion that Assemblyman Schaer and Assemblywoman Caride display in helping our community and are humbled by the recognition they have awarded us” Anania said. “We look forward to continuing to give back to the community.”

Anania and his team will be traveling to Colombia in late August to help 40-plus families with free roofing in a neighborhood they had previously started work in. He hires a few experienced local carpenters in the area to help in Cali. which in turn also contributes to the local economy.

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