TMS Media Relations | Jul 29, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas (July 29, 2014) – Texas Motor Speedway concluded the seventh year of its “Speeding To Help” community outreach program Tuesday by painting the interior of a “safe shelter” for the Denton County Friends of the Family organization.
Texas Motor Speedway provided 13 employees to help revitalize the interior of the 4,400 square foot facility in Denton that has been assisting women affected by relationship violence and/or sexual abuse. The speedway volunteers painted the main foyer, dining room and hallway on the ground level as well as a large bedroom and the hallway on the second story to give the living areas a completely new looks for its residents.
“It’s really helpful for us to have volunteers come in and help out,” Denton County Friends of the Family Director of Residential and Crisis Services RayAnne Climer said. “We’ve got a constant influx of people coming in. Usually on average we have about 500 women and children in our shelter every year. That’s a lot of wear and tear on the house. That is a lot of crayon marking on the walls. It’s absolutely vital that we have volunteers come in and help us.”
Denton County Friends of the Family has been helping women affected by relationship violence and/or sexual abuse since the organization was founded in 1980. The organization is dedicated to providing compassionate, comprehensive services to those impacted by rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence, while partnering with our community to promote safety, healing and prevention.
Texas Motor Speedway’s efforts to help improve the “safe shelter” for Denton County Friends of the Family was one of four projects during the month of July in which the speedway and its employees have given back to the Dallas/Fort Worth community through its “Speeding To Help” community outreach program.
“It’s been a great month of giving back to our communities and seeing all the smiles that were created by providing volunteer assistance to projects that were significant to these organizations,” Texas Motor Speedway Vice President of Media Relations Mike Zizzo said. “It is very fulfilling to work for an organization like Texas Motor Speedway that encourages its employees to get involved in our local communities and lend a hand to organizations that are extremely important to the well being of so many.”
The program kicked off earlier this month when volunteers helped refurbish The Salvation Army’s Pleasant Grove Community Center children’s playground and surrounding area of its sports complex. By virtue of Texas Motor Speedway’s assistance, the hundreds of children attending the Pleasant Grove Community Center summer camp are now able to enjoy the playground that was once dormant.
Volunteers next joined Catholic Charities Fort Worth with a special “play date” for area children in need. Texas Motor Speedway donated outdoor toys to Catholic Charities Fort Worth that included soccer balls, jump ropes, bubbles, kites and sidewalk chalk and a dozen employees interacted with the children with arts and crafts, soccer and more.
Last week, “Speeding To Help” joined forces with Trinity Habitat for Humanity for a second time to help build a new home in Fort Worth. More than a dozen volunteers helped with the initial stages of the home construction for the Torres family by erecting and installing roof trusses along with the installation of the outer walls.
In the previous six years, Texas Motor Speedway's "Speeding To Help" program has provided assistance to two dozen organizations or programs throughout the various counties in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
Those organizations are the United Service Organization (USO) of Dallas/Fort Worth; Children's Medical Center in Dallas; Habitat for Humanity; Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth; Homes For Our Troops; United Community Centers, Inc. of Fort Worth; North Texas Food Bank; Dallas Arboretum; Christian Community Action; Fort Worth Parks and Recreation; Rosemont 6th Grade School of Fort Worth; 6 Stones Mission Network; Community Powered Revitalization; Dallas Life Homeless Shelter; Clara Love Elementary School; Tarrant Area Food Bank; Feed The Children; Dallas Zoo; Butler Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth; Northwest Independent School District; Mission Arlington; Humane Society of North Texas; West (Texas) Long-Term Recovery Project; and the United Methodist Committee on Relief rebuilding project for Granbury, Texas.