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Carter Work Project 2010: Washington, D.C., Maryland, Minnesota and Alabama

For one week every year, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, help put poverty housing front and center in the global consciousness. The Carter Work Project is an annual reminder of the desperate, ongoing need for decent, affordable homes worldwide. But it is also a reminder of the power of hope and the strength in numbers.

In 2010, the Carters worked with volunteers in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Minnesota and Alabama. In each location, volunteers participated in a combination of building new houses and improving existing homes.

“Habitat for Humanity and its partners will increase our efforts to help struggling communities both in the United States and around the world so that even more families have an opportunity to live in decent homes,” said Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International. “We are grateful that the Carters and volunteers are joining us in this important work. Whether we are building new houses or rehabilitating and repairing existing structures, we want to find the best way to make a significant and positive local impact.”