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Thousands of students spend their spring break building homes and improving communities through Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge

ATLANTA (Feb. 8, 2012) — More than 9,000 college- and high school-age students will volunteer during their spring break to help build or rehabilitate homes through Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge alternative break program.

Students from Penn State University work together to build a set of stairs for a Collegiate Challenge build at Flint River Habitat in Albany, Ga.

“Every year, thousands of students volunteer over their spring break to help bring families closer to their dream of home ownership,” said Mark Andrews, Habitat’s vice president of volunteer and institutional engagement. “We are grateful for their hard work and support. Their efforts will benefit communities across the country for years to come.”

Nationwide, 182 Habitat affiliates will host 574 spring break groups in 2013. The groups will donate more than $1.2 million to Habitat for Humanity to help build homes and improve communities.

Approximately 208,000 students have spent their school breaks volunteering through Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge program over the past 24 years, donating more than $20 million to Habitat affiliates.

Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge program is one of the many programs Habitat has to engage youth ages 5 to 25 in Habitat’s work. In addition to the ongoing support State Farm® offices provide to local Habitat affiliates across the United States, State Farm has served as the national corporate sponsor of Habitat for Humanity’s youth programs since 2007.

About Habitat for Humanity International
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 600,000 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.