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Thousands of spring breakers help build homes with Habitat for Humanity

AMERICUS, Ga., (Jan. 30, 2008) – More than 12,000 high school and college students from across the country will forgo a traditional spring break to help build houses as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge program.

Between Feb.17 and April 12, students from the United States and Canada will travel to 210 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 19-year history, more than 155,000 Collegiate Challenge volunteers have raised more than $14 million to build Habitat houses. This year, Collegiate Challenge students will contribute $1.5 million to help build Habitat homes.

“Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge gives students the opportunity to experience a very different kind of spring break — one with great purpose. Participants see new places, learn new skills and make new friends while also helping people realize the dream of homeownership,” said Alynn Woodson, associate director of Youth Programs for Habitat for Humanity International. “The program is mutually beneficial. In exchange for their hard work, the students learn firsthand about affordable housing issues and, most importantly, they can make a significant difference in 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 1976, Habitat has built more than 250,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org