Chapter of the Year Honorable Mention
Blessed Trinity Catholic High School’s Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter has received a Campus Chapter of the Year Honorable Mention from Habitat for Humanity International. As one of Habitat’s most outstanding 2009 campus chapters, Blessed Trinity’s Habitat received a $5,000 matching grant from State Farm Insurance®, the national corporate sponsor of Habitat’s youth programs.
“We are so honored to be recognized with the Campus Chapter of the Year Honorable Mention award,” said current BT chapter president, junior Emily Hogan. “There has been nothing more rewarding than actively pursuing Habitat’s mission to eliminate poverty housing and create affordable homes, and we look forward to a new year of committing ourselves to this goal.”
Habitat campus chapters are student-led, student-initiated organizations on a high school or college campus that partner with a local Habitat affiliate to volunteer, raise funds, advocate and educate for the need for affordable housing.
Blessed Trinity’s chapter of HFH has helped to build ten homes in Fulton and Cherokee counties, most recently participating in an all-women build in the city of Atlanta in partnership with seven other schools last spring. BT has donated $45,000 for the construction materials needed for local Habitat homes and $1,600 to Habitat International for projects outside the US, and its membership of over 100 students is always looking for new ways to raise money. This summer, members of BT’s student leadership team traveled to Habitat’s world headquarters in Americus, GA, to learn more about the global work of Habitat. They were challenged to look beyond U.S. borders to raise awareness of Habitat’s work in poverty-stricken communities world-wide.
“Blessed Trinity Catholic High School’s Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter was selected as a Campus Chapter of the Year Honorable Mention out of a pool of 490 U.S. chapters,” said Desiree Adaway, senior director of Volunteer Mobilization at Habitat for Humanity International. “We congratulate the members of the chapter and appreciate their work to make a difference for families in need of safe and decent housing.”
Blessed Trinity’s Habitat Campus Chapter will receive an additional $2,000 grant provided by State Farm to be used for a Habitat volunteer trip. 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. In addition to sponsoring youth programs, State Farm offices contribute more than $500,000 annually to Habitat affiliates across the United States.