By Adele Lyons
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Adele Lyons, Director of Development and Communication
Austin Coomer, Volunteer Services Manager
228-678-9100 ext. 1002
COLLEGE STUDENTS VOLUNTEER WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF THE MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST FOR ALTERNATE SPRING BREAK
GULFPORT, MS, (February 22) – Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast is hosting 153 student volunteers from February 22 to May 26, 2012 during their spring break. The students are participating in Habitat’s national alternative break program, Collegiate Challenge.
“We look forward to having the student volunteers again this year. This is our fifth year hosting students during their spring break and we are appreciative of their efforts,” said Austin Coomer, Habitat’s Volunteer Services Manager. “Collegiate Challenge provides the students with an opportunity to help build affordable housing in the area. The work they’ll do during their spring break will have a lasting impact in our community.”
The following universities will be represented during Collegiate Challenge –
University Location Date # of students
University of Western Ontario London, Ontario, Canada Feb. 22 – 25, 2012 30
University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA March 5 – 10, 2012 12
Furman University Greenville, SC March 5 – 10, 2012 8
Thomas More College Crestview Hills, KY March 5 – 10, 2012 10
St. Edward’s University Austin, TX March 12 – 17, 2012 10
Assorted students Lititz, PA March 12 – 17, 2012 15
Suffolk University Boston, MA March 12 – 17, 2012 14
Ohio State University Columbus, OH March 19 – 24, 2012 10
Converse College Spartanburg, SC April 1 – 7, 2012 12
Inver Hills Community College Grover Heights, MN May 21 – 26, 2012 30
For the past 23 years, more than 194,000 students have spent their school breaks volunteering across the country through this Habitat for Humanity International program.
Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge is one of the many programs Habitat has to engage youth ages 5 to 25 in Habitat’s work. 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.
Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast was formed in January 2007 when Harrison County HFH and HFH of Jackson County merged organizations. Since then, HFHMGC has incorporated Stone County into its service area and has constructed or repaired more than 465 homes. HFHMGC works in partnership with community stakeholders to create innovative, sustainable housing solutions by empowering all members of our community to actively participate in creating opportunity for people to transform their own lives. To learn more, visit www.hfhmgc.org.