ATLANTA (Feb. 18, 2008) – Milwaukee Brewers player Ryan Braun, Major League Baseball's 2007 National League Rookie of the Year, has donated his bonus of $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity. Braun pledged the donation after his participation as Honorary House Leader during the 2007 Carter Work Project in Los Angeles.
"I knew I was a part of something special at the Jimmy Carter Work Project, and as I came to know the partner families and meet the other volunteers, I couldn't help wanting to do more," said Braun. "I am fortunate to make a living doing what I love and if I can help Habitat build more homes and change more lives, that is a greater gift than any bonus I could receive."
The 2007 Carter Project drew more than 3,000 volunteers from all over the world and kicked off the “Building a Greater Los Angeles” campaign to complete 250 homes over the next three years. Braun learned about the event through his agent at Creative Artists Agency, a longtime supporter of Habitat for Humanity, and quickly signed on as an Honorary House Leader. After spending one day building alongside volunteers and getting to know Habitat partner families, Braun decided to not only return to build through the remainder of the work week but also to help even more families by donating his prize winnings.
"Ryan rolled up his sleeves and made a huge impact as a volunteer at last year’s Carter Project, and we are thrilled he was inspired to continue to support our work as a result. He saw firsthand the need for affordable housing and continues to help us spread that message," said Erin Rank, president/CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, host affiliate of the 2007 Carter Work Project. "We are thankful for his generous support."
In 2008, the annual, weeklong event was renamed the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project to recognize the former first lady’s years of dedicated service to help raise awareness and provide simple, decent and affordable housing in partnership with families in need. Habitat for Humanity’s 25th annual Carter Project, May 11-16, 2008, will bring thousands of volunteers from around the world to build in partnership with low-income families throughout Gulf Coast communities still recovering from the devastating 2005 hurricane season. During the event, volunteers will build and rehabilitate 60 houses and frame up to 48 more in the host cities of Biloxi and Pascagoula, Miss.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 250,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org .