Marshall Exteriors recently announced its three finalists in the third annual No Roof Left Behind community program: Lewis Archer, of Seneca Falls; Rachel Balch, of Lyons; and Carrie and Jason Littlefield, of Port Gibson.
The finalists are competing to win a free roof valued from $12,000 to $20,000 provided by Marshall Exteriors. Online voting is open through Aug. 28.
“We had an incredible number of wonderful nominees this year,” said Adam Olschewske, founder and owner of Marshall Exteriors. “The process to narrow to the final three was extremely challenging. Our finalists are all very deserving, and we look to our community to help us pick our winner with their votes.”
Archer and his wife, Allison, are raising their two children in a home they bought as newlyweds. They purchased their house knowing it needed work, but having two children soon after moving in caused work to be delayed, now on permanent hold, until they find a way to have it replaced.
Archer is a volunteer fireman and electrician who does his own home repairs. He said the roof is too big of an undertaking, and hopes he will win the free roof.
Balch and her husband, Raymond, raised three children in their Lyons home. They started having leaks in the roof a few years ago, and those leaks grew to prevent use of some parts of the house.
Balch then was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, preventing her from taking on more work. Her husband has had several heart attacks, also preventing additional work. The family believes that winning the contest is the only way they will get a new roof.
The Littlefield family of five lives paycheck to paycheck, but said that they find joy in the small things and are big supporters of their community, participating in youth sporting programs all year-round. Carrie Littlefield works in the school system, and Jason Littlefield is in landscaping. The couple said winning a free roof is the only way they see repairing their leaky roof and regaining use of their whole home again.
The finalists have the opportunity to receive additional gifts from local sponsors.
“A number of our fellow local businesses have come forward to show their support for this initiative that directly helps our residents,” Olschewske said. “We’re thrilled to have them as partners in this program.”
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