New Brunswick, NJ (October 2016) – Rutgers University Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter (RUHFH) has been named one of 30 groups selected to receive a grant from State Farm®, the national corporate sponsor of Habitat’s youth programs. RUHFH has been awarded a $20,000 matching grant, a large stimulus to the fundraising efforts for the campus chapter.
“We are grateful to have been selected again this year as one of the matching grant recipients,” said RUHFH chapter President Vishnu Venkatesh. “State Farm’s commitment to enabling student-leaders to make tangible change in their communities is inspiring. I believe this grant will drive our chapter to reach new heights in our fundraising, advocacy, and building efforts. The funds generated through this grant will be used for Habitat for Humanity Greater Plainfield and Middlesex County’s Barrier Free Home Project, where the affiliate is constructing a home designated for a family in need of a barrier free, accessible home. Ultimately, the grant will facilitate our chapter’s completion of our half-home sponsorship for this barrier free home.”
Habitat campus chapters are student-led, student-initiated organizations on high school or college campuses that partner with local Habitat affiliates to build, fundraise, advocate and educate to support the work of Habitat for Humanity. Rutgers University Campus Chapter has partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield and Middlesex County Habitat for Humanity since 2012 and will use the granted funds for the Habitat Barrier Free project.
“We are proud that our efforts will help engage youth in Habitat’s work in making affordable housing possible,” said Kellie Clapper, assistant Vice President of Philanthropy and Human Resources at State Farm. “State Farm is committed to building safer, stronger and better educated communities.”
Scheduled fundraising activities include Build-A-Thon, a 24-hour fundraising event focused on raising awareness on the difficulties of inadequate housing, and staffing a concession stand at Rutgers University football games. The Rutgers chapter also actively participates in construction of the Barrier Free home and advocates for the necessity of proper shelter.
Habitat has several programs to engage youth ages 5 to 25. 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 Rutgers University Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter
Rutgers University Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter (RUHFH) seeks to provide decent, affordable homes in their community by fundraising, advocating, and building homes for low income families. Along the way RUHFH fosters student growth by providing leadership opportunities, teaching them tangible skills, and encouraging them to leave their comfort zone. Our current project, Habitat Barrier Free, focuses on creating an affordable, accessible, barrier free home for a family in need. Learn more at ruhfh.com, and keep up with news about the Habitat Barrier free project at https://www.habitatgpmc.org/habitat-barrier-free.html. With over 100 active student-volunteers, RUHFH is one of the largest student organizations on the Rutgers campus and continues to challenge the status-quo of student service initiatives.
About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County is committed to improving the lives of low-income families by helping them build and buy their own simple, decent homes. Habitat offers families a hand up, not a hand out. Every partner family devotes at least 200 hours per adult of sweat equity to help build their home or a neighbor’s home and secures a 0% interest mortgage provided by Habitat. Habitat supports partner families with training in budgeting, homebuyer education, and home and landscape maintenance training. To date, Habitat of Plainfield/Middlesex has built 47 homes locally and funded 79 homes globally through Habitat’s global tithe program. Construction is complete on its largest project to-date, a five-home development on West Seventh Street in Plainfield called “Habitat Village” and its first project in Highland Park is underway. To volunteer, donate, or own a Habitat home, visit www.habitatgpmc.org.
About State Farm
The mission of State Farm is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams. State Farm and its affiliates are the largest providers of auto, home and individual life insurance in the United States. Its 18,000 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve more than 83 million policies and accounts – nearly 81 million auto, home, life, health and commercial policies, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 35 on the 2016 Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com.