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Volunteer virtually by becoming Habitat for Humanity Champions

ATLANTA (Oct. 22, 2012) – In time for November’s 29th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Léogâne, Haiti, Habitat for Humanity International has launched a special fundraising campaign called Habitat for Humanity Champions, which gives supporters the chance to become “virtual volunteers” by setting up personalized fundraising pages to help Habitat using their personal computers.

By volunteering virtually, Habitat for Humanity Champions will help Habitat for Humanity build homes in Haiti and around the world.

“Becoming a Habitat for Humanity Champion is one more way that people can support affordable housing efforts around the world,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Volunteering online is a convenient and effective way to engage friends and family in helping to build homes, communities and hope.”

Personalized fundraising pages can be set up in honor of special events, such as birthdays, graduations or anniversaries, or in memory of a loved one. Habitat has set a goal to raise at least $29,000 through the efforts of Habitat for Humanity Champions.

The funds raised through the program will help Habitat’s work around the world, including in Haiti, site of the upcoming Carter Work Project. After the 2010 earthquake that struck Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, Habitat set a goal of serving 50,000 families over five years. Nearly three years into that five-year plan, Habitat’s construction and housing support services have benefited more than 40,000 families.

For more information of how to become a Habitat for Humanity Champion or to search personal fundraising pages, please visit www.habitat.org/cwpcampaign

About Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org, or follow us at www.facebook.com/habitat or at www.twitter.com/habitat_org or join Habitat’s blog community at www.habitat.org/blog.