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Habitat for Humanity and State Farm award matching grants to student groups

AMERICUS, Ga. (Jan. 19, 2010) – Forty-five Habitat for Humanity youth groups around the country have been selected to receive more than $200,000 in matching grants from State Farm®. The funds will support the youths’ outstanding efforts to make safe, decent and affordable homes a reality for families in their communities.

The selected groups participate in either Habitat’s Campus Chapters or Youth United programs and must raise a matching amount to receive the grants.

“Student groups around the country are doing incredible work to make simple, decent, affordable housing a reality for families in their community,” said Desiree Adaway, Habitat for Humanity International’s senior director of Volunteer Mobilization. “State Farm—through matching grants, local agent involvement with Habitat student groups, financial education and more—is helping young people make an even greater impact and gain valuable leadership skills through their volunteer work.”

A Habitat campus chapter is a student-led, student-initiated organization on a high school or college campus that partners with the local Habitat affiliate to build, fundraise, advocate and educate to support the work of Habitat for Humanity. In 2009, nearly 500 chapters around the United States engaged more than 31,000 members and raised more than $1.6 million dollars for Habitat for Humanity.

Through Habitat’s Youth United program, youth in a community come together to fund and build a Habitat home. Youth ages 5 to 25 serve as the leaders, planners and fundraisers, and those 16 and older can participate in construction. Youth United groups raised nearly $400,000 and built 12 houses in 2009.

Selected Habitat for Humanity campus chapters include

  • Blessed Trinity Catholic High School, Georgia
  • Boston University, Massachusetts
  • Clemson University, South Carolina
  • Florida State University
  • Furman University, South Carolina
  • Illinois State University
  • Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Ithaca College, New York
  • Marquette University, Wisconsin
  • McCallie School, Tennessee
  • Mercer University, Georgia
  • Missouri State University
  • Mount Pisgah Christian School, Georgia
  • Roswell High School, Georgia
  • South Dakota State University
  • Spoon River Community College, Illinois
  • Syracuse University/State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, New York
  • Texas A & M College
  • University of Michigan
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of NC Chapel Hill
  • University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Villanova University, Pennsylvania
  • Washington and Lee University, Virginia
  • Waynesburg University, Pennsylvania


Selected Habitat for Humanity Youth United groups include

  • Bay Area Habitat for Humanity-Houston, Texas
  • Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County, New Jersey
  • Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County, Connecticut
  • Habitat for Humanity of Durham, North Carolina
  • Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County, North Carolina
  • Habitat for Humanity, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity, Indiana
  • Geauga County Habitat for Humanity, Ohio
  • Genesee County Habitat for Humanity, Michigan
  • Morris Habitat for Humanity, New Jersey
  • Our Towns of Lake Norman Habitat for Humanity, North Carolina
  • Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity, Minnesota
  • Habitat for Humanity of Saline County, Arkansas
  • Tulsa Habitat for Humanity, Oklahoma
  • Wichita Habitat for Humanity, Kansas
  • Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity, Alabama

The Campus Chapters and Youth United programs are two of the many programs Habitat has to engage youth in its work. Since 2007, State Farm has served as the national corporate sponsor of Habitat for Humanity’s youth programs, with a sponsorship commitment of more than $1.1 million in grants each year. Additionally, State Farm offices contribute more than $500,000 annually to Habitat affiliates across the United States.

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, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.75 million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, 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 17,700 agents and 68,600 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts—more than 78.7 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. 31 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit statefarm.com® or in Canada, statefarm.ca®.