LEMONT, Ill., Aug. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The CITGO Community Action Team (CCAT), a volunteer group of Lemont Refinery employees, continued its dedication to community service by helping prepare Shady Oaks Camp for another summer of supporting adults and children with physical and developmental disabilities. Located in nearby Homer Glen, Ill., Shady Oaks Camp works to enrich the quality of life of its campers through outdoor activities and recreational programs.

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Thirty-five CCAT members took to the grounds of Shady Oaks on June 13, 2013 to spruce up the camp for summer by preparing flower beds, removing weeds and undertaking other general clean up tasks. CITGO, with support from JM Electric and Sanchez Group, provided construction equipment to replace light poles and to move large piles of cement blocks and gravel. CITGO is committed to improving lives through hands-on involvement, and the CITGO Community Action Team was proud to put its motto "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" into action on this day of community volunteering.  

Scott Steele, a caretaker at Shady Oaks Camp, shared his gratitude to the CITGO volunteers saying, "For more than 12 years, the great people of the CITGO Community Action Team have been coming out to Shady Oaks Camp to help us get ready for opening day. Without the hard work and dedication of the employees and their families, we could never be ready in time for the arrival of our campers. CITGO truly cares about the community and we are so grateful to have them in our lives."  

Founded in 1947, Shady Oaks Camp is dedicated to providing people of all ages and backgrounds who have a disability with the same recreational opportunities and summer camp experience that their peers without disabilities enjoy. The camp provides an opportunity for personal growth, increased self-esteem, and social skills building.

The CITGO Lemont Refinery employs more than 800 local residents on a full-time and contract basis in support of the local economy. While Lemont refinery employees produce high quality fuels for a large portion of the network of nearly 6,000 locally owned CITGO stations across the country, they also make a major positive impact on the community. Each year more than 2,500 volunteer hours and thousands of dollars are given in support of community programs such as Muscular Dystrophy Association, United Way of Will County and a variety of environmental and preservation programs. For more information on the CITGO Lemont Refinery, visit www.citgorefining.com/Lemont.

CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit www.CITGO.com