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Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge program celebrates 25 years

Program invites students to spend their spring break building homes and improving communities

ATLANTA (Feb. 28, 2014) — Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge alternative break program is celebrating its 25th anniversary this spring.

The program, which invites students to spend one week working with Habitat affiliates to build homes and improve communities, was started in 1989. Since then, more than 230,000 college- and high school-aged students have volunteered during their spring break to help build or rehabilitate homes, donating nearly $24 million to Habitat affiliates.

”We are grateful to all of the students who have so graciously dedicated their spring break to helping others over the last 25 years,” said Mark Andrews, Habitat for Humanity International’s vice president of volunteer and institutional engagement. “Many families have been able to realize their dream of home ownership thanks to the Collegiate Challenge program.”

Across the U.S., 178 Habitat affiliates are hosting spring break groups in 2014. The groups will donate more than $1.5 million to Habitat for Humanity to help build homes and improve communities.

Collegiate Challenge is marking its 25th anniversary with a special celebration in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County.

The Collegiate Challenge program is one of the many programs Habitat has to engage the next generation of leaders 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’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer visit habitat.org.