May 4, 2012
Paint brush in hand, Scott Dixon says he might have found a calling after his IZOD IndyCar Series career.
The Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver and his wife, Emma Davies-Dixon, joined Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and local Target volunteers (and the 10-foot-tall pink Energizer Bunny) to revitalize two homes damaged by the May 22, 2011, tornado in North Minneapolis.
"A racing career doesn't go on that long, so I need to sharpen some skills so that I have a job to look forward to," the two-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion said.
Joining the Dixons on the project were local volunteers from Target, whose headquarters is in Minneapolis. In 2011, Target team members donated more than 474,500 volunteer hours to thousands of community projects across the country. The company is on track, by the end of 2015, to reach its goal of 700,000 volunteer hours per year.
"I'm in my 11th year driving with Target and we've done a lot of projects together over the years, and to help restore homes after such a devastating event is important to Emma and I," Dixon said. "Target has a huge interest in community and helping out, and with Energizer giving back to the community."
Energizer is on a nationwide 13-city series of volunteer projects with Habitat for Humanity, donating more than $350,000 and 1,000 volunteer hours in working with local partners in each community, like Target. The Twin Cities was the fourth stop.
"It's cool to have Energizer, which has built its brand on endurance, come on board to help push us through to the end of this project," said Andy Barnettt of the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. "There is a tremendous gratitude from the residents when Habitat comes in, and there is a new spirit in the community you can feel."