Fulton, MD – As the waters rushed down historic Main Street in Ellicott City on July 30th, 2016, Mrs. Yu only knew one thing – they had to find a way to stay alive. The flood waters were unlike anything local residents remembered, damaging hundreds of homes and businesses, many beyond repair. And while Mrs. Yu and her husband found safety, their home was devastated. Windows cracked, walls damaged, and furniture, clothing and personal items had to be completely replaced. Unfortunately, the family had no means to do it.

“The Yu family came to Howard County from China about 15 years ago,” said John McBeth, the founder of DreamBuilders, a local organization who works to repair homes damaged by natural disasters. “Mr. Yu is a handyman and the home was in desperate need of repair even before the floods came through. So we reached out to everyone in the Howard County community to pitch in and help. Window Nation was one of the first to volunteer.”

Window Nation’s Founder and CEO, Harley Magden, said that as soon as he heard about the family and the situation, he knew exactly why Window Nation was in the perfect position to help.

“Being in the historic district, it’s not easy getting replacement windows,” he explained. “We had to work with our factory to have custom windows built that replicated the historic nature of the original home, and then bring out a team familiar with historic homes to install them. But, this is a local family right in our backyard and we were more than happy to help.”

Headquartered in Fulton, MD, only about 5 miles from Ellicott City, Window Nation has partnered with DreamBuilders on similar projects in the past.  “Harley has a big heart!” said McBeth. “As soon as each project is over, he and his brother, Aaron immediately ask ‘what’s next?’.”

“We were so glad to see the new windows going in,” said Mrs. Yu through a translator. “I was moved by the love of Window Nation.”

To see photos and videos of the home repair, please visit https://www.windownation.com/window-nation-cares.

About Window Nation: Window Nation was started in 2006 by two brothers who grew up in the window business- learning about home improvement, customer care, and the difference a quality window can make. The company provides an unsurpassed selection of premium windows, siding, and doors installed by highly skilled, licensed professionals. The company has replaced over 350,000 windows in Northeast Ohio, Pennsylvania, Northern Delaware, Southern New Jersey, Maryland, Washington D.C., and Northern Virginia. Learn more here.

 

Fulton, MD – Window Nation is proud to announce they are doing their part to support the hurricane relief efforts underway across the South by donating as much as $10,000 to worthy causes, including the American Red Cross. 

“After seeing the damage and destruction from both Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we knew we had to do something,” said CEO Harley Magden. “And we knew so many others in our community would feel the same way, so we wanted to find a way to get them involved as well.”

The company has offices across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Ohio, including Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Sales from all regions will go to supporting these efforts.                                                                                                  

“As a home improvement company, we know first-hand what it will take to repair all the damage these storms caused,” said President and Co-founder, Aaron Magden. “We just wanted to do our part.”

The company will donate all funds raised to the American Red Cross to support efforts across the southern states as part of their Window Nation Cares initiative.

About Window Nation: Window Nation was started in 2006 by two brothers who grew up in the window business- learning about home improvement, customer care, and the difference a quality window can make. The company provides an unsurpassed selection of premium windows, siding, and doors installed by highly skilled, licensed professionals. The company has replaced over 350,000 windows in Northeast Ohio, Pennsylvania, Northern Delaware, Southern New Jersey, Maryland, Washington D.C., and Northern Virginia. Learn more here.

           

Window Nation has partnered with WMAR ABC2 and a group of local businesses and contractors to reveal dramatic improvements to the Brooklyn O’Malley Club in Brooklyn. It’s part of WMAR’s Built Upon A Dream program where volunteers from the Maryland community come together to improve the facilities of local nonprofit organizations. It is based on ABC Network’s popular “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” 

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The Brooklyn O’Malley Club is one of the clubs run by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Baltimore. They operate after-school and summer programs for local children from elementary through high school age. Brooklyn O’Malley Club underwent a physical makeover thanks to the WMAR program

“Built Upon a Dream provides a great opportunity to use our unique position as a broadcaster to connect organizations in need and local businesses that can offer solutions,” said Bill Hooper, vice president and general manager for WMAR. “For our entire team, from news to sales to production, it is a team effort and a labor of love.” 

This Built Upon a Dream project, benefitting The Brooklyn O’Malley Club, included improvements throughout the building. Workers improved everything from flooring, painting, electrical, furniture, windows, fencing and landscaping at the club. The work was completed by a group of contractors, suppliers and associated companies who make up the Built Upon a Dream team. All team member companies donated time, labor, materials and supplies to get the job done. Many of the individual corporate donations are valued at more than $25,000. The Built Upon a Dream team includes Window Nation, Manekin Construction, Under Armour, Sagamore Development, T. Rowe Price, Taco Bell, Toyota Financial Services, Nations Photo Lab, Yogibo, Fence & Deck Connection, Ruppert Landscape, Lowes, Hord Coplan Macht, BCT Architects as well as many sub-contractors, suppliers and volunteers. 

WMAR ABC2 aired the “Built Upon a Dream” special on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. to tell the story of the Brooklyn O’Malley Club dream build.On Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. sponsors and volunteers from the Built Upon a Dream team will join the Brooklyn O’Malley Club staff and the children they serve as they unveil their new facility. The Brooklyn O’Malley Club is located at 3560 3rd Street in Baltimore. The renovations will enable the Brooklyn O’Malley Boys & Girls Club to better serve the children, families and the local community. 

You can view a segment from the program here.

Have you ever wondered how long we’ve had animals as pets? Archaeologists say it is a very long time. Ancient Egyptians worshiped a cat goddess and had their beloved cats mummified and buried with them (along with their mummified mice, in case those cats wanted something to play with in the afterlife). But, evidence for the domestication of dogs can be traced even further into our past. Some say the earliest recorded evidence of dogs as pets was unearthed in Israel, where a puppy was found cradled in the hand of human. If, however, we take into consideration research that has been done to connect Chinese street dogs with four species of grey wolf; we can go back even further. But, it doesn’t really matter how many years ago it happened. All that matters is that we have had a special bond with cats and dogs for as far back as we can remember–and for good reason. They are important to us, in more ways than we can even understand. So, when we were given the opportunity to support the Cleveland Animal Protective League financially, it only made sense. Here are a few more reason we chose to make them one of the charities we sponsor.

The Cleveland Animal Protective League was incorporated in 1913. That means they have had a long time to develop a sustainable and efficient administrative system. We believe this allows them to be effective in their mission.

What is their mission? For over a hundred years, the APL has had one singular goal and that is to protect these special animals from anything that would do them harm. This has led them to develop several programs to meet this goal: animal admissions, adoptions, an animal welfare clinic, a trap-neuter-return program, a foster care program, and ongoing humane investigations. Dogs and cats rely upon the kindness of humans for their safety and welfare. The APL is here to help, every step of the way.

All of these life-saving programs require money and caring people to implement them. Since the APL does not receive any financial support from governmental agencies, it is up to the community to provide what is needed. If you’d like to join us in giving to the Cleveland Animal Protective League or donate your time as a volunteer, send them an e-mail through Contact@clevelandapl.org.

Dogs and cats are more than pets; they are our companions, our friends, and our family. Join with us to support all of the many important resources that are offered by the Cleveland Animal Protective League.

Many of us would love to turn our attention to spring now that the holidays are over and the days are just a bit longer, but the truth is, there is still a lot of winter left to be had.  Here at Window Nation, we are not just concerned about buttoning up your home or business with new windows, doors, and siding in order to keep you warm and cozy all winter long, but we are also very concerned about buttoning up coats on all the kids in Cleveland and keeping kids warm all winter as they travel to and from school and enjoy playtime in the cold outdoors.  This is why we support the worthy organization, Coats for Kids in Cleveland.
As you know, Coats for Kids collects new or used coats in good condition in order to distribute them to children that may not otherwise be able to have a jacket to wear during these cold days.  It is a sad fact that in today’s economy many families struggle just to keep a roof over their heads and can’t afford the luxury of new coats for their children.  This is of particular concern to those of us here in the Cleveland area as we watch the temperatures drop and the winds howl.  Window Nation is a proud supporter of this worthy program and hopes you will be too.
While it is true that the ‘official’ collection campaign for this winter has ended, you haven’t missed out on the opportunity to donate to such a worthy cause.  The collection bins were gathered up on January 13th and stored away for next fall, but there is still time for you to donate those new or used coats to the cause.  You may not be aware that there are year-round sites at Armbruster Moving & Storage in Brunswick and in the 4th floor lobby of the iheart Media Cleveland office at 6200 Oak Tree Boulevard in Independence.  True, these locations aren’t as convenient as those drop boxes at the mall, but when you look outside and see that snow and ice and hear that wind howling and think about a child shivering in the cold, well, it just doesn’t seem all that inconvenient anymore.
Remember, if you want to donate to a worthy cause or if you are in need of a new coat to button out the cold, Coats for Kids Cleveland is the place to go.  Help us give back to this community that we all love by supporting this worthy organization and the work that they tirelessly perform by donating a coat for a child in Cleveland that is in need.
This isn’t just a slogan. We really care. That is why we go the extra mile in everything we do. We care about our employees, our customers, and our community. Each and every day we work hard to install the very best energy efficient windows, doors, and sidings on homes in our service area because we care about fighting high energy costs. We want people to have lower heating bills in the winter and lower electric bills in the summer. We also care about doing the job right. When we install windows, doors, and siding we work hard to make sure we give courteous, attentive, and expert service. Not because we have to, but because we take pride in the job we do. Here are some other things we care about.
 
Fighting Poverty
 
We believe that no child should go without a coat in the winter. That is why we have given generously to Cleveland’s Coats for Kids. This is an organization that has proven itself, and we know that the donation we give will make sure that children don’t miss school during winter months because they don’t have a warm coat to wear.
 
We also believe that no family should have to live in poverty. The goal of Habitat for Humanity is to eliminate poverty housing all over the world. That is why we have partnered with this organization, not just financially, but giving of our time and resources as well. At every level of our company, our employees are involved in the charities we support.
 
Ending Animal Suffering
 
The family here at Window Nation agrees that no animal should ever have to live in abuse or neglect. That is why we support the Cleveland Animal Protective League in its efforts to end animal suffering. They also find homes for stray or abandoned cats. We believe this is a noble cause, and we show it by giving.
 
Healing People
 
At Window Nation, we believe in supporting organizations that provide health and healing. That is why we give generously to the Ireland Cancer Center in its dedication to find innovative treatments to fight cancer, and in our Baltimore service area, we give to the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine because we believe it gives the best patient care and community service in Maryland.
 
At Window Nation, we care. It isn’t a slogan and it isn’t a pitch. We are proud of our company and we take pride in what we do. And, we’d like to thank you for helping us make all this possible, with every energy efficient product you buy.