ATLANTA and BILOXI, Miss. (May 5, 2008) – Habitat for Humanity today announced its appreciation for the many partners that are making homeownership possible with low-income families during this year’s 25th annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in the Gulf Coast, May 11-16. Through material, volunteer labor and funding donations, Habitat’s partners are committed to helping address the need for simple, decent and affordable housing. Major partners for the build include the Knight Foundation, The Dow Chemical Company, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, The Home Depot Foundation, The PMI Foundation, Whirlpool Corporation and The Salvation Army.
“The tremendous support from our partners in so many locations sharing gifts of time, talent and resources helps Habitat for Humanity continue to expand the important work we do to provide affordable housing across the globe,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “As we mark the silver anniversary of Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, I’m deeply grateful for the support we receive in so many ways as we not only build houses but raise awareness along the Gulf Coast and around the world.”
“The support we’ve received for this year’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project will serve as a catalyst for increasing the work being done in the Gulf Coast by bringing hope, stability and housing solutions to our local communities,” noted Chris Monforton, president and chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. “Our sponsors’ gifts, whether monetary or material, help us build houses and empower families.”
Partners helping to make the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project 2008 possible include:
- A.O. Smith Water Products Company
- Bank of America
- Citi and Citi Foundation
- Cushman & Wakefield
- Delta Air Lines, Inc.
- DeWalt Industrial Tool Co.
- Dr. Tom and Betsy Clark
- Erik Cullen
- FHLBank Atlanta
- Gulf Coast Community Foundation
- Habitat for Humanity Romania
- Habitat for Humanity of Greater Stark and Carroll Counties, Ohio
- Habitat for Humanity East Bay
- Heating, Airconditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International
- Hilb Rogal & Hobbs Company
- John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
- LP Building Products
- Mississippi Power Foundation and Southern Company Charitable Foundation
- MoneyGram International
- Nissan North America, Inc.
- Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding - Gulf Coast Operations at Pascagoula
- Pacific Gas and Electric Company
- Sandvik Mining and Construction
- Simpson Strong-Tie
- Square D / Schneider Electric
- The Blue Waters Foundation
- The Dow Chemical Company
- The Home Depot Foundation
- The PMI Foundation
- The Salvation Army
- The Schaffner Family Foundation
- Waste Management
- Weaver Family Foundation
- Whirlpool Corporation
- Yale, and ASSA ABLOY GROUP brand
25 Years of Building with the Carters
Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have been helping Habitat for Humanity shine the spotlight on the need for affordable housing since 1984. That year, the Carters led a small team of Habitat volunteers to New York City to help renovate a six-story apartment building with 19 families in need of decent, affordable shelter. A quarter century later, that modest effort has grown into an internationally recognized annual event that has taken place in communities around the world. For more information, visit www.habitat.org/jcwp/2008/ .
About Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast
Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast (HFHMGC) serves Harrison, Jackson and Stone counties. Since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, HFHMGC has completed and started construction on 170 homes. HFHMGC believes every family deserves a place they can call home and, as such, they are committed to providing the Mississippi Gulf Coast with clean, safe and affordable houses. While eradication of poverty housing is a challenge in all locations, it is particularly challenging in the light of the devastating storm damage in the area. For more information on HFHMGC and how to volunteer or donate, go to www.hfhmgc.org .
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 .