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Spring breakers become spring builders

Habitat for Humanity and State Farm® announce new Youth Program alliance

ATLANTA and BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (March 27, 2007) – College students and other young adults are shattering the spring break stereotype by trading beach volleyballs and lazy days in the sun for tool belts and building homes with families in need. It’s called an alternative spring break and thousands of young people are now making the choice to roll up their sleeves and help.

More alternative spring break options are just one of the initiatives seen as Habitat for Humanity International announces State Farm® as the national partner of the homebuilding organization’s Youth Programs department in the United States. Pledging more than a million dollars, State Farm is helping Habitat to engage more youth.

“This new alliance with State Farm is an exciting one,” said Mark Crozet, senior vice president of Development for Habitat for Humanity. “This will enable Habitat’s Youth Programs to thrive and reflects State Farm’s commitment to helping young people be leaders by helping communities in need.”

Objectives of the State Farm alliance with Habitat’s Youth Program include:
• Engage young leaders in a meaningful way by encouraging activism and advocacy
• Integrate Habitat for Humanity community service with school curriculums that enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, encourage lifelong engagement and strengthen communities
• Increase the number of U.S. Habitat affiliates who are reaching out to today’s youth
• Contribute to the number of Habitat homes being constructed annually

“We’ll see more young people engaged in activities like rebuilding hurricane-destroyed homes in New Orleans, or helping a family move into their first home,” said Mike Fernandez, vice president of Public Affairs for State Farm. “This alliance will provide the ‘tools’ for them to really roll up their sleeves and get involved in a meaningful way.”

Habitat’s Youth Programs department coordinates volunteer opportunities that engage tens of thousands of young volunteers each year. The program also serves as a resource for more than 600 Habitat for Humanity campus chapters at high schools, colleges and universities around the world.

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.

About State Farm
State Farm® insures more cars than any other insurer in North America and is the leading U.S. home insurer. State Farm’s 17,000 agents and 68,000 employees serve more than 75 million auto, fire, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and more than 1.6 million bank accounts. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No.22 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit statefarm.com® or in Canada statefarm.ca®.