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SPEEDING TO HELP WRAPS UP EIGHTH SEASON

FORT WORTH, Texas (July 27, 2015) – Texas Motor Speedway’s Speeding To Help community outreach program’s eighth season came to a close on Monday as volunteers completed an outdoor beautification project as part of their afternoon at the Park Meadows Apartment complex in Fort Worth.

The complex, which is owned and operated by the Volunteers of America Texas, is an independent housing program serving approximately 85 low-income seniors. Volunteers helped revamp the grounds of the Texas Park Meadows Apartments and enjoyed some fun during the seniors activity session.

Texas Motor Speedway volunteers transformed the residents’ activity areas by staining patios, painting outdoor furniture and refurbishing the building’s flower beds, all before ending the day playing bingo and enjoying cake with the residents.

“The little acts of kindness that the volunteers from Texas Motor Speedway made today go a long way with our residents,” Volunteers of America Texas Director of Volunteer and Corporate Engagement Woody Hosler said. “Volunteers are key to the success of our organization and much like today, volunteers can make a lasting impact both to our facilities but more importantly on our residents.”

Volunteers of America Texas, believes housing is a basic human need and the foundation to a stable, fully realized life. The shortage of affordable housing has become critical and vulnerable, like seniors, low-income families and adults with disabilities are among the hardest hit. Providing an answer to the shortage is Volunteers of America Texas’ goal.

The efforts by Texas Motor Speedway’s volunteers were just part of the month-long Speeding To Help community outreach program. Earlier this month, Texas Motor Speedway visited the Salvation Army in Garland and assisted in making a safer playground environment for the kids. The group removed pea gravel from a large playground and replaced it with mulch, marking the first time in years the area had a safer surface for the hundreds of children that utilize it for outdoor recreation.

During the second week of Speeding To Help, Texas Motor Speedway volunteers visited Camp Summit in Paradise, Texas, and helped the organization prepare for its move from Copper Canyon to a 400-acre location in Paradise that was formerly the Garrett Creek Ranch Conference Center. The volunteers assisted in painting the interior of five cabins, as well as cleared brush for Camp Summit’s future arts and crafts, archery and chapel areas.   

Speeding To Help also assisted the Austin Street Center in Dallas last week as speedway volunteers, along with official concessionaire Levy Restaurants, visited the homeless center to provide a complimentary meal, interact with residents and assist with some exterior painting needs.   

In the past eight years, Texas Motor Speedway's Speeding To Help program has provided assistance to 29 organizations or programs throughout the various counties in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex as well as the West, Texas Long-Term Recovery Project.

Those organizations are the 6 Stones Mission Network; Austin Street Center; Butler Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth; Camp Summit; Catholic Charities Fort Worth; Children's Medical Center in Dallas; Christian Community Action; Clara Love Elementary School; Community Powered Revitalization; Dallas Arboretum; Dallas Life Homeless Shelter; Dallas Zoo; Denton County Friends of the Family; Feed The Children; Fort Worth Parks and Recreation; Homes For Our Troops; Humane Society of North Texas; Mission Arlington; North Texas Food Bank; Northwest Independent School District; Park Meadows Apartments; Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth; Rosemont 6th Grade School of Fort Worth; Tarrant Area Food Bank; The Salvation Army; Trinity Habitat for Humanity (twice); United Community Centers, Inc. of Fort Worth; United Methodist Committee on Relief rebuilding project for Granbury, Texas; United Service Organization (USO) of Dallas/Fort Worth; and West (Texas) Long-Term Recovery Project.

 

 

 

 

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