Volunteer stories from the Carter Work Project 2008

Volunteer stories

It’s nearly impossible to think of the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project without thinking of volunteers. This year, more than 2,000 volunteers will travel to sites in Biloxi, Gulfport and Pascagoula, Miss., to construct or rehabilitate 108 homes — all in one week! Learn more about what motivates them to donate their time to Habitat’s house-building work.
Volunteer stories from the Carter Work Project 2008 -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

Questions and Answers with the Carters
President and Mrs. Carter took a few minutes out of a joyous Friday morning schedule of meeting homeowners and volunteers to share their reflections on a week — and a lifetime — of building with Habitat.


Here to help for the long haul
For Tim Mueller, a short-term mission with his church in Beaverton, Ore., has turned into a long-term commitment to help hurricane recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast. He is an ardent advocate for more volunteers and sustained aid. "You get more back than you ever give," he said.


'We're going to get there'
Longtime volunteer Joel Fortgang, at his second Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, is a block leader for the rehab of 30 houses in the historic neighborhood of Forest Heights in Gulfport, Miss., this week. Next week, he’s looking for a job.


Former Romanian president builds
"Habitat builds houses and builds consciences in equal parts. These projects rebuild the idea of human solidarity, an idea that communism attempted to destroy in my country."


PMI employee at his first Carter Project
"This week, we’re probably in one of the places that needs help most right now. I had always wanted to come here and help before now. This is just great. Really cool," Winston MacMillan said.


Judy Sterry retired to build
'I knew after that first Carter Project that I’d be investing a lot of time into Habitat.'