MISHAWAKA, Ind. (Aug. 27, 2018)—President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter have donned their hardhats and lifted their hammers for their 35th work project with Habitat for Humanity. Building alongside volunteers and future homeowners, the Carters are helping to build 22 new, affordable homes this week in what will become an all-Habitat neighborhood in Mishawaka. With additional construction projects throughout the year, a total of 41 homes will be built, renovated or repaired in Mishawaka and South Bend as part of the 2018 Carter Work Project.
“We have become small players in an exciting global effort to alleviate the curse of homelessness” —— Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter
“The 35th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project is an incredible milestone for Habitat for Humanity, as we reflect on the decades of service that President and Mrs. Carter have provided to our nation and the world,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “It’s also a landmark moment for these 41 families in Indiana, who after building alongside the Carters and our enthusiastic volunteers, will move into homes that give them the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build a strong future.”
Every year since 1984, former US president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter has donated one week of his time – and his building skills – to Habitat. Each year, he and his wife Rosalynn lead a major volunteer building event that attracts thousands of volunteers. Throughout their involvement with the Carter Work Project, President and Mrs. Carter have become tireless advocates, active fundraisers, and some of our best hands-on construction volunteers. Additionally, they have rallied thousands of volunteers and even celebrities, helping Habitat for Humanity to becoming internationally recognized for its work to build decent and affordable housing. Inspiring millions, President and Mrs. Carter have worked alongside 101,276 volunteers in 14 countries to build, renovate and repair 4,290 homes. They have also made quite an impression on thousands of Habitat homeowners and volunteers.
The Carter Work Project has been held four times in the Asia-Pacific region – the Philippines(1999), South Korea (2001), India (2006) and the Mekong region: Thailand, China, Cambodia,Laos and Vietnam (2009). From 15-20 November 2009, the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project has been built or renovated nearly 200 homes in the above area.
We are grateful for our volunteers, such as President and Mrs. Carter’s, which are integral in advancing Habitat’s mission of enabling families to build a brighter future through housing. We hope more people could partner with us, adding to the legacy of this great work. You don’t have to have a lot of influence to make a difference, just the motivation to do the work needed.