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Students from Air Force Academy, University of Connecticut & Fisher College Spent Spring Break Building Affordable, Sustainable Homes in Lynwood

Los Angeles, CA – April 18, 2014: More than 45 students from The United States Air Force Academy, University of Connecticut and Fisher College participated in the 25th anniversary of Collegiate Challenge with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles. Student volunteers chose to spend their spring break working in the Norwalk ReStore, as well as painting and installing siding on seven affordable and sustainable homes in the City of Lynwood.

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“We are so thankful to the students who chose to spend their spring break building hope, lives and communities,” said Erin Rank, president and CEO of HFH GLA. “Their selfless decision to serve our partner families during their off-time is inspiring and a testament to the giving spirit of this generation. We are so proud of how the Collegiate Challenge has endured for twenty-five years!”

The program, which invites students to spend one week working with Habitat affiliates to build homes and improve communities, started in 1989. Since then, more than 230,000 college and high school-aged students (16-25) have volunteered during their spring break to help build or rehabilitate homes, donating nearly $24 million to Habitat affiliates. Across the U.S., 178 Habitat affiliates hosted spring break groups in 2014. The groups donated more than ($1.5 million) to Habitat for Humanity to help build homes and improve communities. Learn more here.

The Collegiate Challenge program is one of many programs designed to engage the next generation of leaders in Habitat’s mission. Learn more Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles’ Youth Programs here.

About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) strives to eliminate substandard housing through advocacy, education and partnership with families and individuals in need to build decent, sustainable and affordable housing. Since 1990, HFH GLA has built and renovated more than 900 homes locally and worldwide, transforming the lives of hundreds of individuals. HFH GLA is a GuideStar® Valued Partner and has achieved the coveted Charity Navigator 4-Star rating awarded to non-profits for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. For more information, please visit or call 310-323-4663.

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Erin G. Rank is the President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA), which serves 112 cities and unincorporated areas in Los Angeles County. Erin has been a valued member of the Habitat for Humanity organization for more than 15 years and remains dedicated to making housing a global priority. She has served on Habitat for Humanity International’s U.S. Council, which oversees policy making for all U.S. affiliates of Habitat for Humanity.

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