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Helping is Its Own Reward for Fairfield County Man

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Marc Perrone doesn’t need rewards. Sure, he recently received his company’s “Be Inspired” award for his 15 years of work with Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County . But Perrone, who works at RBS Citizens Bank in Bridgeport, insists his work provides its own gratification.

“The best thing about volunteering with Habitat is seeing how excited the homeowners are when their home is completed,” Perrone says. “You work side-by-side with the families for months on building their home and you get to really understand how important the home is to them and their families.”

Perrone does most of his work with the international charity in the Greater Bridgeport and Stamford areas, building homes for and with low-income families. But his volunteer work has also taken him across the country. In recent years he’s traveled to the Gulf Coast to help rebuild homes devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Perrone also has a personal reason for volunteering. “The hands-on construction aspect of Habitat is most appealing to me because my grandfather was a carpenter,” he says. “He taught me the basics of building as a child. I think of him whenever I’m building.”

If you’d like to join Perrone in helping Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County, you can volunteer or make a donation at the organization’s website. You can also make donations of used appliances, furniture, or building materials to Fairfield County Restore , 1785 Stratford Ave., Stratford.

Habitat for Humanity’s fundraising will also come to Fairfield next month. The organization will hold its 19th annual Tom Palazzo Golf Outing on Monday, Sept. 19, at the Country Club of Fairfield. Along with a round of golf, the event will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, prizes, a raffle and an auction. To register your foursome or for more information on sponsorship opportunities, call (203) 333-2642 or visit the organization’s website.

Do you know Fairfielders who do volunteer work? Send photos and information to gcanuel@thedailyfairfield.com .

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