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Thousands of students pitch in this spring break to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

ATLANTA (Feb. 23, 2011) – During this year’s spring break season, thousands of students will help improve communities with Habitat for Humanity. More than 10,000 high school and college students will spend their spring break helping to build and repair homes through Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge alternative break program.

“We recognize that these students could have done a number of things during their spring break and are grateful for their support to help families obtain affordable housing,” said Cody Logsdon, Habitat’s manager of youth volunteer engagement at Habitat for Humanity. “The work these students will do during their spring break will have a lasting impact in local communities.”

The more than 600 spring break groups are traveling to 185 locations and are donating $1.4 million to Habitat for Humanity. Over the past 22 years, more than 182,000 students have spent their school breaks volunteering with Habitat. They have contributed nearly $18 million in funding to the Habitat host affiliates where they have volunteered.

Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge 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.

View a slideshow of Collegiate Challenge participants.

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 400,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 2 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. 34 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit statefarm.com or in Canada statefarm.ca.