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Students across the country travel to build sites for spring break volunteering

ATLANTA (Feb. 3, 2010) ─ More than 11,000 students will travel across the country to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity for their spring break. The youth volunteers are participants of Collegiate Challenge, Habitat for Humanity’s year-round alternative break program.

“Students have a number of options to consider for their school breaks, and we are so grateful for their interest in volunteering their time with Habitat,” said Desiree Adaway, Habitat for Humanity senior director of Volunteer Mobilization. “Their efforts will help provide safe, decent and affordable housing for so many families in need.”

From February to April, Collegiate Challenge participants from across the country will volunteer in 200 Habitat locations and will donate $1.3 million to the Habitat affiliates they visit.

In the past 21 years of the program, more than 168,000 students have participated in Collegiate Challenge during their school breaks and have contributed nearly $16 million to the Habitat host affiliates.

The Collegiate Challenge program is one of the many programs Habitat has to engage youth ages 5 to 25 in Habitat’s 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

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