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Volunteer leaders attend Habitat for Humanity Global Village & Youth Leadership Conference




AMERICUS, Georgia (Oct. 16, 2009) – More than 300 Habitat for Humanity team leaders for short-term volunteer trips and youth leaders will gather in Chicago for Habitat for Humanity International’s Global Village & Youth Leadership Conference 2009. During the Oct. 16–18 conference, the volunteer leaders will share best practices and celebrate their accomplishments in helping families secure safe, decent and affordable housing.

Jonathan Reckford, HFHI’s chief executive officer, will deliver the keynote address to conference attendees. The volunteer leaders will attend a variety of workshops designed to help them with their building, fundraising, education and advocacy initiatives in the coming year.

“This year’s theme—‘Educate. Activate. Advocate.’—reflects the need to expand what it means to be a Habitat volunteer,” said Desiree Adaway, Habitat’s director of Volunteer Mobilization. “These outstanding young people and committed volunteer leaders are helping Habitat serve more families.”

Habitat’s youth leaders are students who help guide their peers, ages 5 to 25, in Habitat’s work to eliminate poverty housing. Habitat’s Global Village team members work alongside members of a host community to help build houses for one- or two-week service trips.

Several of the volunteer leaders and the groups they represent will be recognized for their work during a celebration dinner hosted by Habitat for Humanity International and State Farm®, the national corporate sponsor of Habitat for Humanity International’s youth programs and underwriter of the Global Village & Youth Leadership Conference 2009.

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

About State Farm
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