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Carter Work Project History: 1984-1989

Dedication ceremony at the first Jimmy Carter Work Project in New York City, 1984.

Dedication ceremony at the first Jimmy Carter Work Project in New York City, 1984.

June 1989:Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Carters joined nearly 1,000 volunteers to complete six new homes and renovate eight others. House-Raising Week ‘89 drew the participation of 180 affiliated and 14 sponsored projects, resulting in the startup, completion or renovation of nearly 500 homes.

June 1988: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Atlanta, Georgia

President and Mrs. Carter, along with 200 volunteers, renovated a 10-unit row house in a section of North Philadelphia. At the same time, the Carter Work Project drew 1,000 volunteers and saw the completion of 20 houses in Atlanta. An estimated 200 homes were begun, built or rehabbed during House-Raising Week ‘88.

July 1987: Charlotte, North Carolina

The Carters were joined by 235 volunteers in the construction of 14 houses in Charlotte’s Optimist Park area. This marked the first year the Carter Work Project was held in tandem with a worldwide House-Raising Week. An estimated 250–300 homes were begun or under construction during House-Raising Week ‘87.

June 1986: Chicago, Illinois

About 150 volunteers — working under rainy conditions — built a four-unit townhouse during this Carter Work Project week.

1984/85: New York City

The first weeklong Carter Work Project was in September 1984, with the former president and Mrs. Carter joined by dozens of volunteers in the renovation of a six-story, 19-unit apartment building. They returned in July 1985 to complete the work.