KINGFISHER, Okla. — After a typical morning working at the HVAC industry’s largest manufacturer of custom air handling equipment on Feb. 4, 30 Nortek Air Solutions (NAS) executives, engineers, and factory employees finished their work day handling paint brushes and brooms at the Filters For Life (FFL) center, in Kingfisher. 

The community service effort to spruce up the 10,000-square foot air filter fabrication facility was just another checklist item in NAS’ ongoing corporate volunteer partnership with the FFL’s non-profit charity owner, Center of Family Love (CFL), Okarche, Oklahoma

CFL provides direct-care for more than 130 adults living with intellectual and physical disabilities, many of whom reside at the 39-year-old organization’s 11-building, 20-acre Okarche campus. CFL has created career opportunities for residents in viable, self-sustaining businesses, such as the FFL and Kristy Lyn’s Flowers & Gifts, the charity’s retail giftshop and garden center that also received NAS’ updates on Feb. 4.

“Our partnership with NAS is one of the biggest blessings to our ministry,” said Debbie Espinosa, CFL’s president and CEO. “Not only are they helping us improve facilities; they are truly fulfilling every aspect of what a partnership can be between a corporation and a charity. We are beyond grateful for the financial support and expertise provided by NAS, and while they could’ve just left it at that, they continue to share their time and energy, playing a crucial role in our community and in our residents’ lives. NAS’ actions demonstrate what a partnership is truly about.”      

“When two great organizations come together, they can make a difference for people who just need the opportunity to do great things, too,” said Buddy Doll, NAS’ group president to CFL. “The CFL partnership has also changed the lives of our employees too. Giving back to such a worthy cause, has left a lifetime impression on our employees.

The community service day, which is one of many planned for 2020, concluded with a fellowship reception attended by NAS, CFL employees and CFL residents on the charity’s Okarche campus. 

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