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Thousands of spring breakers help build homes with Habitat for Humanity

AMERICUS, Ga., (Feb.15, 2007) – More than 11,500 high school and college students across the country will forgo traditional spring break habits and help build houses as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge program.

Between Feb.18 and April 14, students from the United States and Canada will travel to 235 U.S. locations to work with volunteers and Habitat homeowners to build simple, decent and affordable homes.

This year’s most popular Habitat for Humanity destinations include Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Texas—the Gulf Coast areas devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, as well as Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Throughout its 18-year history, more than 139,000 Collegiate Challenge volunteers have raised more than $11 million to build Habitat houses. This year alone, Collegiate Challenge students will contribute $1.4 million to help build Habitat homes.

“Students who participate in Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge are excited to travel to new places, gain new skills and make new friends while helping build a Habitat for Humanity home,” said Alynn Woodson, Collegiate Challenge manager at Habitat for Humanity International. “In exchange for their building efforts, students learn firsthand about poverty housing issues and about how they can make a meaningful difference today, as well as in the future.”

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in Americus, Ga., in 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.