ATLANTA (Aug. 11, 2009) – The University of California-Berkeley Habitat for Humanity has received the Campus Chapter of the Year award from Habitat for Humanity International. As Habitat’s most outstanding 2009 campus chapter, the University of California-Berkeley Habitat will receive a grant from State Farm Insurance®, the national corporate sponsor of Habitat’s youth programs.
“We are honored to receive the Campus Chapter of the Year Award,” said Jay Garg, chapter president. “We are committed to addressing the need for affordable housing in our community and helping to eliminate poverty housing around the world.”
Habitat campus chapters are student-led, student-initiated organizations on a high school or college campus that partner with a local Habitat affiliate to volunteer, raise funds, advocate and educate for the need for affordable housing.
The University of California-Berkeley Habitat was nominated by its partner affiliate, Habitat for Humanity East Bay in Oakland, California for helping to increase the affiliate’s capacity to host volunteers. The campus chapter trains members to serve as crew leaders for builds allowing the affiliate to accommodate more volunteers. The chapter also leads an accredited course on its campus for affordable housing. The University of California-Berkeley Habitat chapter began working with Habitat East Bay in 1999 and has helped raise more than $76,000 towards Habitat homes.
“The University of California-Berkeley Habitat was selected for the Campus Chapter of the Year award from 490 U.S. chapters,” said Larry Gluth, vice president, U.S. area office for Habitat for Humanity International. “We congratulate the members of the University of California-Berkeley Campus Chapter and appreciate their work to make a difference for families in need of safe and decent housing.”
The University of California-Berkeley Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter will receive a $5,000 award from State Farm to use toward a Habitat volunteer trip and will also be recognized in Chicago during Habitat’s Global Village and Youth Leadership conference in October.
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. In addition to sponsoring youth programs, State Farm offices contribute more than $500,000 annually to Habitat affiliates across the United States.
Villanova University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, The Park School in Maryland and Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Georgia received honorable mentions.
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 more than 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, 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 ®.