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TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY'S SPEEDING TO HELP KICKS OFF EIGHTH YEAR

  • Month-Long Initiative Will Provide Volunteer Help To Salvation Army, Camp Summit, Austin Street Center And Volunteer Of America Texas During Month Of July 

FORT WORTH, Texas (July 1, 2015) - Texas Motor Speedway's Speeding To Help community outreach initiative will embark on its eighth year by undertaking four volunteer projects in July that range from providing meals and interacting with residents of a homeless shelter to helping a local organization that enhances the lives of disabled individuals with its major move to a new location next year. 

Various numbers of the Texas Motor Speedway staff will serve as volunteers on weekly projects during the month that consist of visits to The Salvation Army, Camp Summit, Austin Street Center and the Park Meadows Apartments for low-income senior citizens through Volunteers of America Texas. Speeding To Help will begin Wednesday, July 8, and conclude Monday, July 27.  

Here is a glimpse at the upcoming Speeding To Help events: 

  • Wednesday, July 8 (8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) – The Salvation Army, 451 W. Avenue D, Garland, 75040. Texas Motor Speedway will visit a Salvation Army summer program for the second consecutive year to continue to help refurbish their outdoor playgrounds for the children. In addition to the playground, the staff will also take care of indoor painting projects for the organization as well as interact and play games with the children at the close of the day. 
  • Thursday, July 16 (8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) – Camp Summit, 1146 County Road 3470, Paradise, 76073-4300. Texas Motor Speedway will assist on painting and brush-clearing projects to help Camp Summit prepare for its move in 2016 from Copper Canyon to a 400-acre spread in Paradise that was formerly the Garrett Creek Ranch Conference Center. The speedway staff will paint the interior of camp cabins as well as clear brush for their future arts and crafts, archery and chapel areas. Camp Summit allows individuals of all ages with disabilities, both mild and severe, enjoy traditional camp activities in nature and the outdoors just like their non-disabled peers. 
  • Thursday, July 23 (8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) – Austin Street Center, 2929 Hickory Street, Dallas 75226. Texas Motor Speedway, along with official concessionaire Levy Restaurants, will visit the homeless center to provide a complimentary meal, take care of some interior painting and interact with the residents. The group will prepare and serve the meals to the residents and afterward will visit with them and play dominos, cards or just provide some companionship. For nearly 30 years, Austin Street Center has developed into a “whole person” therapeutic homeless community, evolving from a basic overnight emergency shelter facility to a full “Care Campus” that today includes a transitional living facility for those with employment, substance abuse and psychological counseling, a free-standing chapel and an outdoor playground for the shelter’s children. Since its inception in 1983, Austin Street Center has provided shelter for an average of 300 men and women at no cost to the individual. 
  • Monday, July 27 (8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) – Park Meadows Apartments, 2716 Yeager St., Fort Worth, 76112. Texas Motor Speedway employees, through Volunteers of America Texas, will take part in an outdoor beautification project for this independent housing program that serves approximately 85 low-income seniors. The project includes building new raised garden beds, re-staining concrete patio areas, weeding and planting new flowers, adding mulch in existing flower beds, repainting a covered patio area and building new picnic tables and benches. Throughout Texas and the U.S., the shortage of affordable housing has become critical and vulnerable populations like seniors are among the hardest hit. According to Volunteers of America Texas, Texas ranks sixth in the country for the highest proportion of individuals 65 and older living in poverty. Volunteers of America Texas is a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to helping the vulnerable reach their full potential. 

In the past seven years, Texas Motor Speedway's Speeding To Help program has provided assistance to 27 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; Butler Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth; 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; 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.

About the author

The Texas Motor Speedway Media Relations Department is located on the 6th floor of The Speedway Club outside of Turn 1 of the speedway. 

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