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FireLake employees give even when times are tough

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SHAWNEE, Okla. – “When you reach out a hand to one, you influence the condition of all.” That slogan from the United Way has touched the hearts of the employees of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and FireLake Enterprises. They are helping to achieve this goal by fostering a growing partnership with the United Way.

In 2009, the CPN and FireLake Enterprises’ employees contributed more than $50,000 to the United Way of Pottawatomie County, and many employees participated in the United Way Day of Caring mission.

Headlines report that giving is down during these tough economic times. However, when the employees of CPN and FireLake saw the need in their community, they did not hesitate to give from what they have and to donate many hours to help those less fortunate.

“I am proud to say that since 2004, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s employees have been one of the largest contributors to United Way,” said Brad Peltier, director of marketing and public relations. “We hope to build on that momentum each year because United Way is an integral part of improving the quality of life in our area.”

“The United Way appreciates the support of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation,” said Casey Bell, United Way drive chairman. “CPN is a tremendous corporate partner, and they continue to demonstrate a compassion for those in need in our community.”

Every donation to the United Way, regardless of size, benefits the community. Based on the belief that everyone should have an opportunity for a good life with a stable job with enough income to support a family and a healthy lifestyle, the United Way focuses on education for youth to achieve their full potential, on financial management to promote stability and independence, and on improving health for a long and happy life.

The employees of FireLake Enterprises and CPN would like to urge others to take the time to donate and help in their community. To find out where you can help, visit the organization’s Web site.