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State Farm partners with Habitat for Humanity to build affordable housing during the 2nd annual State Farms Builds Texas project

ATLANTA (Sept. 10, 2007) – During the month of September, State Farm will partner with 19 Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the state of Texas as part of the 2nd annual “State Farm Builds Texas” project. The State Farm Texas Zone awarded Habitat for Humanity more than $100,000 for the event and 500 agents and employees are scheduled to pick up hammers and volunteer at one of the appointed build sites.

“State Farm is proud to have 19 Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Texas as partners on the State Farm Builds Texas project this September,” said Fred Marsh, vice president of operations for State Farm. “Together we’ll build homes, change lives and strengthen Texas communities.”

The Habitat for Humanity affiliates participating in the “State Farm Builds Texas” project are:

  • Austin Habitat for Humanity
  • Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity
  • Dallas Habitat for Humanity
  • Fort Hood Area Habitat for Humanity
  • Habitat for Humanity Abilene
  • Habitat for Humanity Corpus Christi
  • Habitat for Humanity of Ellis County
  • Habitat for Humanity of El Paso
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Round Rock
  • Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Harris County
  • Habitat for Humanity of Smith County
  • Habitat for Humanity of Wichita Falls
  • Houston Habitat for Humanity
  • Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity
  • Laredo Habitat for Humanity
  • Lubbock Habitat For Humanity
  • North Collin Habitat for Humanity
  • San Antonio Habitat for Humanity
  • Trinity Habitat for Humanity

“State Farm should be commended for choosing to strengthen the communities where its employees live and work,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “The impact that State Farm, its agents and employees will make during the ‘State Farm Builds Texas’ project will be felt throughout the community on numerous levels.”
In 2006, the Texas Zone’s Community Citizenship Department hosted the first State Farm Builds Texas project. State Farm agents, employees and family members worked closely with 18 Habitat for Humanity affiliates and volunteered a combined 2,500 hours to build safe, decent and affordable homes in their own communities.

State Farm has been a partner with Habitat for Humanity International for more than 12 years, contributing almost $2.5 million to help build simple, decent and affordable housing. In addition to the State Farm Builds Texas project, State Farm is the 2007 corporate underwriter for Habitat Youth Programs in the United States and a corporate sponsor in Canada. Its total 2007 contribution to Habitat for Humanity International is $1.1 million. In addition to its national partnership with Habitat, State Farm zone offices throughout the country partner and contribute to local Habitat affiliates in their respective communities.

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 1976, Habitat has built more than 225,000 houses worldwide, 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 over 75 million auto, fire, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and more than 1.7 million bank accounts. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 31 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit statefarm.com® or in Canada statefarm.ca®.