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Norwalk Volunteers Help Improve Homes For Those With Disabilities

Kat Sweeney and Mayya Medved of Norwalk. Photo Credit: Provided
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Juliana Sherwood of Norwalk. Photo Credit: Provided
Reed Project Leader Amanda Maiorano of Stamford. Photo Credit: Provided
Rob Finn and Denise Lauro of Fairfield. Photo Credit: Provided

NORWALK, Conn. -- Nineteen volunteers from Reed Exhibitions, based in Norwalk, volunteered recently at STAR Inc., Lighting the Way, and improved a Darien group home, one of STAR’s 18 residential living locations for independent adults with developmental disabilities in Fairfield County.

The volunteers performed interior priming and painting, exterior landscaping, weeding, mulching, gardening, clearing shrubs and trimming trees at the home, according to a press release.

They were participating in a nationwide corporate service initiative called “Reed Cares.”

Amanda Maiorano, project leader and digital product manager for Reed said in a press release: “This was a terrific opportunity for all of us to get together and to give back to the community in which we live and work in. We had great time and were so happy to help. The residents were just lovely and so appreciative of the work we did to their home, which made our time there that much more meaningful. As an organization, we do a lot of projects with STAR because we enjoy supporting the work that they do and helping the community it serves.”

Katie Banzhaf, executive director of STAR said in a press release, “We are so grateful for the support Reed Exhibitions has demonstrated with their volunteer service over the past years. Their hard work and planning is heartwarming and means so much to the entire STAR family. STAR appreciates the corporate support of Reed Exhibitions and we recognize their generous efforts on behalf of STAR."

STAR Inc., Lighting the Way serves individuals of all ages who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as providing support services to their families. It creates opportunities for individuals to live full lives with independence, freedom of choice and personal growth by providing support, services and advocacy, according to a press release.

STAR serves more than 600 individuals from birth through their senior years in Norwalk, Darien, New Canaan, Wilton, Westport and Weston.

For more information about STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way visit its website.

Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organizer, with a growing portfolio of more than 500 events in 43 countries, and a staff of 3,700 exhibition specialists, according to a press release.

Photo IDs: Reed Exhibitions volunteers: Charlie Acquisto, Melissa Burns, Kristi Conner, Cindi DeNatale, Stacey DiMaggio, Rob Finn, Kat Sweeney, Andrea Gorrie, India Kessler, Denise Lauro, Cassandra Lobo, Amanda Maiorano, Mayya Medved, Eric Roland, Juliana Sherwood, Daniela Vereau, and Alexandra Wurster.

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