MINNEAPOLIS (Oct. 6, 2010) – President Jimmy Carter and Vice President Walter Mondale volunteered together today helping to rehabilitate homes with Habitat for Humanity. Carter and Mondale worked in a North Minneapolis neighborhood and will help repair homes in St. Paul on Thursday as part of the 27th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.
“We are honored to have President Carter and Vice President Mondale volunteer in the Twin Cities as part of an effort to build, rehabilitate and repair a total of 26 homes in two neighborhoods hit hard by the mortgage foreclosure crisis. This is a real tipping point for these neighborhoods,” said Sue Haigh, president and CEO of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. “Two thousand volunteers have joined partner homebuyer families to rehab blighted properties and create healthy homes so that families and neighborhoods will thrive.”
For 27 years, President and Mrs. Carter have donated a week of their time to help low-income families obtain decent and affordable housing. During this year’s Carter Work Project, volunteers are helping to build, repair and rehabilitate 86 homes throughout the week in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.; Annapolis and Baltimore, Md.; Washington, D.C.; and Birmingham, Ala.
“This year’s Carter Work Project provides a wonderful example of how neighborhoods can be transformed by building new houses, renovating vacant homes and repairing existing homes,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International. “We are appreciative of the work President and Mrs. Carter, Vice President Mondale, and all our volunteers are doing to make decent and affordable housing possible.”
Previous Carter Work Projects have taken place throughout the United States and in Mexico, Canada, Hungary, South Africa, South Korea, India, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, China, Laos and Vietnam.
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, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.75 million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit habitat.org .
About Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity
The mission of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is to eliminate poverty housing from the Twin Cities and to make decent, affordable shelter for all people a matter of conscience. An award-winning nonprofit housing developer, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is committed to building the quality of life, health and economic prosperity of the region by producing, preserving and advocating for affordable homeownership – because homes and families are the foundation of successful communities.