Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapters at Milton High School and Blessed Trinity Catholic High School have been selected to receive matching grants from State Farm for their outstanding work in creating affordable housing in partnership with low-income families.
Blessed Trinity Catholic High School received a $10,000 matching grant and Milton High School received a $2,000 matching grant. The campus chapters are two of 27 campus chapters nationwide to be awarded a matching grant from State Farm.
A campus chapter is a student-led, student-initiated organization on a high school or college campus that partners with the local Habitat affiliate to build, fundraise, advocate and educate to support the work of Habitat for Humanity. Both Campus Chapters partner with Habitat for Humanity-North Central Georgia and have helped build and rehabilitate more than 10 houses in the last 10 years.
“We are grateful to have been selected as one of the matching grant recipients,” said Blessed Trinity Catholic High School campus chapter president Allee Smith. “The grant will help us to increase our opportunities to promote Habitat’s mission in the community and to help families in beginning a new chapter of their life.”
“State Farm is committed to building safer, stronger and better educated communities,” said Renate Dugans, State Farm Public Affairs specialist. “We are proud to present this award with Habitat for Humanity to Milton High School and Blessed Trinity Catholic High School.”
The Campus Chapters program is one of the many programs Habitat has to engage youth ages 5 to 25 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-North Central Georgia
Habitat for Humanity-North Central Georgia is a non-profit, Christian housing ministry that builds simple, decent homes for purchase by low income families who demonstrate a capacity for responsible homeownership. Since its inception in 1995, 228 homes have been completed and more than 850 family members have been served in North Fulton, Cherokee and Forsyth/Dawson counties. Each family is required to attend 10 educational classes and perform 300 sweat equity hours.
Families earn between 25 percent and 60 percent of the Atlanta area median income and purchase their homes from Habitat which provides them with a 25-year, no-interest loan. Family members work side by side with the volunteers, sponsors, and Habitat staff to build their homes.