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River Edge's Habitat Bergen Youth Earn Matching Grants

A Youth United member from Dwight-Englewood School collected approximately 45 items for the Planet Green Recycle program out of River Edge's Habitat Bergen.
A Youth United member from Dwight-Englewood School collected approximately 45 items for the Planet Green Recycle program out of River Edge's Habitat Bergen. Photo Credit: Facebook

RIVER EDGE, N.J. — Habitat for Humanity’s Youth United students representing various schools have been selected as the recipients of a $5,000 matching grants from State Farm in support of their construction and fundraising efforts to create affordable housing throughout Bergen County.

Youth United mobilizes young people to fully fund and build a house with their local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, a press release says.

“We couldn’t be more thankful to State Farm for giving us this opportunity for the second year in a row,” YU Habitat Bergen President Blu Frankel said.

“As a result of this grant, our group has been energized to get up and raise thousands of dollars through community events. With State Farm’s generosity, we will be able to improve the lives of our neighbors,” Frankel said.

Members of the Habitat Bergen Youth United Group host advocacy events yearlong, promoting the mission of the affiliate and conduct special fundraisers to support the construction effort.

“It’s a rewarding experience to work with these highly motivated and conscientious students,” said Angela King, Habitat Bergen Director of Volunteers.

“Over the past two years, we have seen our Youth United students evolve into highly effective leaders, and we look forward to what lies ahead for this ambitious group as they develop the next class of Youth United leaders in anticipation for college.”

For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County, visit www.habitatbergen.org or contact (201) 457 -1020.

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