ATLANTA (July 08, 2011) – Habitat for Humanity International has named the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill as its Campus Chapter of the Year. This award is presented annually to a school group that has made significant contributions to helping to make affordable housing possible in their community.
“We commend the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill campus chapter members for their commitment to help families in need of affordable housing,” said Cody Logsdon, volunteer engagement manager, Habitat for Humanity International. “Habitat’s more than 500 campus chapters play a significant role in our work to eliminate poverty housing.”
Habitat campus chapters are student-led organizations found on high school or college campuses nationwide that partner with a local Habitat affiliate to volunteer, raise funds, advocate for affordable housing and educate the local community about Habitat’s mission.
The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill was selected for engaging its community in an initiative to build a block of Habitat homes with partner families from the university and a local hospital. As this year’s award recipient, the campus chapter will receive a $4,500 grant from State Farm Insurance®, the national corporate sponsor of Habitat’s youth programs. The grant can be used for a Habitat for Humanity school break volunteer trip or to aid in local affiliate homebuilding.
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.
Honorable mention award recipients include Florida State University and Travis High School (Richmond, Texas), each receiving a $1,000 grant.
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 two million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit habitat.org .
About State Farm®
State Farm is the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. and is a leading insurer in Canada. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 17,800 agents and more than 66,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts – more than 79 million auto, home, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is also available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 37 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com  or in Canada http://www.statefarm.ca .