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Pictured from left are: Sensata Technologies' Mark Sestak and Ed Norberg, PRIDE operations Director Doug Latham, PRIDE members Kevin Parker and Liz Casali, PRIDE Day Habilitation Director Sarah Campbell and PRIDE executive Director Roland Robillard. (Staff photo by Rick Foster)

ATTLEBORO - When PRIDE, a nonprofit organization specializing in training handicapped workers, needed help renovating its Taunton building, it turned to volunteers at Sensata Technologies working with the United Way of Greater Attleboro/Taunton.

About 30 Sensata workers responded, spending countless hours over several weeks to install a new bathroom and perform other work at the agency, which provides services to more than 100 people.

The team, led by Sensata's Mark Sestak and Ed Norberg, were matched with PRIDE through the United Way's Day of Caring program, community impact coordinator Melissa Vanhorn said.

PRIDE representatives presented a plaque to Sensata Friday marking the company's continuing relationship with the agency.

This isn't the first time that Sensata volunteers have come to the rescue of PRIDE, which provides day habilitation services as well as job training to workers with a variety of disabilities.

Operations Director Douglas Latham said Sensata workers have been helping PRIDE for the past 15 years, completing a variety of projects.

"They've done a lot of work, from installing a bathroom to plumbing and electrical work," Latham said.

Although it's referred to as a "day of caring" by the United Way, Sensata workers returned several times over the course of many weeks to complete the job.

"We're very fortunate to have this relationship with Sensata," PRIDE Executive Director Roland Robillard said.

Sensata workers have also volunteered for a wide range of other projects under the Day of Caring program, Vanhorn said.

RICK FOSTER can be reached at 508-236-0360 or at rfoster@thesunchronicle.com.

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