Company Pays It Forward For Couple With New Roof Donation

Pictured Left to Right: Austin Hacking, Merryfield employee; George Merryfield, partner; Kevin King, Business Development Executive; Heather Howey, Office Manager; Lester Richie (rear); Frank and Wendy Erring, home owners; Freeholder Heather Simmons; Mayor Tom Bianco; Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro; Lew Merryfield, partner; Allan Schaeffer, Merryfield employee.

CLAYTON, N.J. – Merryfield Construction Group has selected Clayton homeowners Frank and Wendy Errig as beneficiaries of a new roof through the company’s “Merryfield Cares Campaign – Restoration by Donation” community outreach program.

The “Restoration by Donation” program started in 2016 to help families facing significant health and financial challenges.  Each year, the company selects a deserving family to receive a new roof and rallies employees, community volunteers, and partners for the needed labor and supplies. So far, Merryfield has engaged GAF —  a manufacturing company based in Parsippany, New Jersey ,– to donate the roofing shingles, Robinson Waste — located in Voorhees Township — to donate a dumpster and a Port-A-Pot, ABC Supply Company to donate materials and delivery, and Rastelli Market Fresh to donate a lunch for all participants.  

Freeholder Heather Simmons, Liaison Economic Development and Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro visited the site on Thursday, Aug. 29 to congratulate the Errig’s and to thank company owners George and Lewis Merryfield and their employees for their generosity. 

“This act of kindness speaks volumes about the type of community we have in Gloucester County,” Simmons said.  “Merryfield is paying it forward and they are a fine example of what it is to be a great neighbor. We have many companies and local businesses who help out in various ways and that is what makes our community a special place.” 

Officials discuss project with Merryfield employees.

Merryfield Construction Group, family-owned for three generations, chose the Errig family after reading a nomination letter from Jordan Howey, their son’s girlfriend of three years.  Jordan, a Gloucester Township resident and Rutgers Camden nursing student, described Frank and Wendy Errig as “special people” who face financial and health challenges “with a smile on their faces.” She added “they are genuinely great and humble people who never ask for help.” 

According to the company’s website, since many families have experienced financial challenges from job losses, catastrophic medical bills, slashed retirement funds, and undervalued assets such as homes, “in hard times, we don’t turn our backs on members of our community. We reach out and offer them a hand.”  This year, the Merryfield brothers plan to expand the program to benefit two families. 

Nominations can be submitted via the company’s website at