Serving Country, Serving Community.
On Thursday and Saturday mornings, you can usually find Bob Pesaniello at the Habitat Veterans Build site, working with the partner family and the rest of the regulars. He has been on the team since 2007 and has had a hand in the construction of several Habitat homes. We recently had a chat with Bob.
What got you started volunteering at Habitat?
I was newly retired and was looking for something to do. At the time, a woman who worked with my wife DJ was a Habitat partner. DJ strongly suggested that I help out! I had done small jobs around the house, but I never had commercial experience as a carpenter or any other trade. But I started, and I was hooked.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering at Habitat?
When we’re done, we get a tremendous feeling of satisfaction that we’ve helped someone, that we’ve given back. Also, the team is just a great bunch of guys and gals and we always have fun while we’re working.
The Habitat Veterans Build reminds us of the incredible sacrifice people have made to keep our nation free. What would you like to tell us about your military service?
I had a twenty four year career in the Marine Corps, with two tours of duty in Vietnam. I enlisted, and attained the highest enlisted rank as a Master Gunnery Sergeant. A memorable assignment was when I was part of an instructor exchange with a British commando unit. l was learning cold weather tactics in Norway, north of the Arctic Circle.
Where else do you donate your time?
I’m a past president and current member of the Washington Rotary Club. I also help out at the Washington Community Food Pantry.
Thanks, Bob. All of us at Warren County Habitat for Humanity value the tremendous contribution you have made. We thank you for your inspiring service to your country and to the Washington and Warren County community.
What is the Habitat Veterans Build?
The parcel of land for the current Habitat home was donated with the hope that it would be used to house the family of a veteran. Bob and Heather and their two children have agreed to be the Partner Family for this project. Heather’s service in the Army National Guard was key to the selection of this Partner Family. The project is part of the Habitat for Humanity Veterans Build Initiative. This program was created to honor our veterans. It has the full support of Habitat for Humanity International and its national Veterans Build Initiative corporate partners.
You, too, can help!
If you would like to help on the build site, or to donate money for the home, please see the links below. If you have other questions, please call our office on (908) 835-1300.