Hour-long television special highlights celebrities in support of Habitat’s previous Carter events, airs opening day of 25th annual “Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project”
ATLANTA (May, 5 2008) – Habitat for Humanity has been garnering support and drawing volunteers from all walks of life, including celebrities, for more than 30 years. So when Habitat chose Los Angeles as the site for its 24th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project last year, there was no shortage of Hollywood stars willing to don a hardhat and wield a hammer to help address the need for safe, affordable housing in their own backyard.
Habitat supporters and fans alike can now be part of the action as DIY Network gives viewers an all-access pass to the 24th annual Carter Work Project in a one-hour television special, “Hollywood Habitat for Humanity,” premiering on Sunday, May 11, at 9 p.m. EST.
“Hollywood Habitat for Humanity” documents DIY hosts Amy Matthews and Karl Champley as they roll up their sleeves to work on several projects and get acquainted with the dedicated Habitat volunteers that joined former president Jimmy Carter, his wife, Rosalynn, and a slew of Hollywood celebrities in building and refurbishing 100 homes in Los Angeles last October. In addition, the show captures stars like Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Seth Green, and looks back at celebrities who have supported Habitat over the years, including Brad Pitt, Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, David and Patricia Arquette and more, as they work alongside volunteers and Habitat homeowners to build safe, affordable homes.
“Our relationship with Habitat for Humanity has always been a natural fit,” said Amy Matthews, long-time Habitat for Humanity volunteer and co-host of DIY’s ‘Hollywood Habitat for Humanity’ special. “We love to get our hands dirty by teaching others valuable skills that benefit so many people around the world.”
The hour-long television special also will help kick off this year’s Carter Work Project event in the Gulf Coast, May 11-16. This year’s build, hosted by Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast – with additional participating Habitat affiliates such as New Orleans Area Habitat, Bay Waveland Habitat, St. Tammany West Habitat, Habitat in Mobile County, and more building in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Texas – focuses on helping an area in dire need of affordable housing. This is a region still recovering from the destruction of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
For the 25th year, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, will join city and state officials, Habitat for Humanity leadership and thousands of volunteers from around the world to help low-income families realize the goal of homeownership during the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. As part of this year’s Carter Work Project, more than 250 homes will be built in communities throughout the Gulf Coast by the end of this year. Celebrating its Silver Anniversary, the Carter Work Project takes place in a different location around the world each year, highlighting the importance of simple, decent and affordable housing.
DIY Network is among the fastest growing digital television networks today, reaching approximately 50 million homes with programming that includes do-it-yourself home improvement and crafts. DIY’s award-winning Web site, www.DIYnetwork.com , is a leader in the Nielsen/NetRatings’ Home and Garden category and features a variety of broadband video channels, including home improvement, crafts, automotive, gardening, woodworking and step-by-step instructions for more than 20,000 projects.
About Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project
The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project is an annual, internationally-recognized event in which the former U.S. president and his wife join Habitat volunteers to build simple, decent and affordable homes in partnership with people in need of both housing and hope. President and Mrs. Carter have been personally involved in the construction of Habitat homes around the world. For more information, visit http://www.habitat.org/how/default_jcwp.aspx 
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 .