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Youth groups advocate for affordable housing during Habitat for Humanity’s Act! Speak! Build! Week

ATLANTA (March 30, 2009) – More than 200 youth groups around the world are creating awareness about poverty housing March 30–April 5 as part of Habitat for Humanity’s annual Act! Speak! Build! Week. This year, groups from the United States, Canada and Uganda will plan activities around the theme “Make Housing a Matter of Action.”

As part of the activities, groups will implement at least one of four recommended campaign activities: a large-scale housing advocacy campaign, a candlelight vigil, a visual representation of a current poverty statistic or a housing simulation. Act! Speak! Build! Week is one of many programs that engages volunteers, including youth, in Habitat’s mission to provide simple, decent and affordable homes.

“Every year, youth groups raise their voices about the need to eliminate substandard housing conditions and to help make affordable housing possible,” said Desiree Adaway, Habitat’s senior director of Volunteer Mobilization. “We are grateful that so many people are concerned about these issues and are committed to making a difference in their communities.”

Habitat for Humanity’s youth programs work to capture the imagination, energy and hope of young people worldwide, ages 5 to 25. State Farm® is the official corporate sponsor of Habitat’s youth programs, contributing more than $1.5 million a year to Habitat for Humanity International and Habitat affiliates since 2007.

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 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.

About State Farm®
State Farm insures more cars and homes than any other insurer in the U.S., is the leading insurer of watercraft and is also a leading insurer in Canada. State Farm’s 17,000 agents and 68,000 employees serve more than 78 million auto, fire, life and health policies in the United States and Canada and more than 1.9 million bank accounts. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 32 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, visit statefarm.com® or in Canada statefarm.ca®.