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NAFA Members to Pitch in and Help New Orleans

NAFA Fleet Management Association Members will continue their long history of volunteerism by assisting Habitat for Humanity in a project to build homes in New Orleans.

Princeton, NJ, December 24, 2008 --( In the spirit of the holiday season, NAFA Fleet Management Association is proud to announce that NAFA Members will be assisting Habitat for Humanity in a project to help rebuild New Orleans this April. NAFA Members will gather on April 24 – the day before NAFA’s 2009 Institute & Expo opens in New Orleans -- to give something back to the city. Fleet managers from all across the United States and Canada are expected to take part in the project.

Founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people from all faiths and walks of life to work together in partnership, building houses with families in need.

The New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1983. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina's destruction, their work takes on an even greater meaning. Since Katrina, nearly a hundred homes have been completed by Habitat for Humanity and 140 more are currently under construction in different areas of New Orleans.

“NAFA has a long history of supporting charities and providing volunteer service,” said NAFA President Gayle Pratt, who will be among the Members lending a hand on April 24. “We are fortunate to have the opportunity to assist Habitat for Humanity during our annual Institute & Expo. The experience of helping residents rebuild New Orleans will be one NAFA Members will always remember.”

This will be the first time in a decade that NAFA has held its annual Institute & Expo in New Orleans. This year’s I&E will take place April 25-28, 2009 at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA. Global automotive industry expert, Graeme Maxton, will provide the Keynote Address. The I&E also features over 60 hours of fleet training, education and workshops; the Public Safety Roadeo and a large collection of emergency vehicles, Green Fleet Ride-and-Drive where you can test drive various alternative fuel vehicles; the Green Zone, which contains the latest in “green” products, information, and services; and an Expo Floor with over 150 companies showing their latest products and services. Future I&E locations include Detroit (2010), Charlotte (2011), St. Louis (2012), and Atlantic City (2013).

About NAFA Fleet Management Association
NAFA Fleet Management Association, Inc. is a not-for-profit, individual membership professional society serving the needs of members who manage fleets of automobiles, SUVs, trucks, vans and a wide range of specialized mobile equipment for organizations across the globe. NAFA is the association for the vehicle fleet management profession. NAFA’s Full and Associate Members are responsible for the specification, acquisition, maintenance, and remarketing of more than 3.5 million vehicles – including in excess of 1.1 million trucks. In fact, NAFA Members across the North American continent have more than 350,000 medium- and heavy-duty trucks in their fleets, totaling more than $21 billion dollars in assets for medium- and heavy-duty trucks alone.

About New Orleans Habitat For Humanity
New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, is managed by a local volunteer board comprised of eminent individuals from different backgrounds. NOAHH also relies on AmeriCorps volunteers to fill positions on the construction site, in the office, and at the Habitat ReStore. An experienced, professional staff manages the day to day office operations and long range strategic planning thus reducing operational costs and freeing resources for direct construction activities.

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