ATLANTA (Oct. 19, 2012) — The University of Minnesota Habitat for Humanity has been named the Campus Chapter of the Year. Habitat for Humanity International and State Farm®, the sponsor of Habitat’s youth programs, present the award annually to exceptional campus chapters.
The University of Minnesota Habitat was selected for demonstrating outstanding advocacy efforts and partnership with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. The chapter will receive a $4,500 grant from State Farm to use to construct houses during a Habitat school break trip or to use locally.
“Habitat for Humanity campus chapters play an important role in Habitat’s mission to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope,” said Cody Logsdon, Habitat for Humanity International youth programs manager. “We congratulate the University of Minnesota Habitat for their dedication and commitment to helping families in need.”
Habitat campus chapters are student-led organizations found on high school or college campuses nationwide that partner with local Habitat affiliates to volunteer, raise funds, advocate for affordable housing and educate local communities about Habitat’s mission.
“State Farm is committed to building safer, stronger and better educated communities,” said Michael Rossman, State Farm public affairs specialist. “We are proud to present this award with Habitat for Humanity to The University of Minnesota Habitat.”
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.
Habitat’s campus chapters at Rice University and the University of Virginia received honorable mentions and were presented with $1,000 grants. Currently, there are more than 400 Habitat for Humanity campus chapters across the country.
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 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 .
About State Farm
State Farm and its affiliates are 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 65,000 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. 43 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com  or in Canada http://www.statefarm.ca .