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Former First Lady visits the Women Build volunteers

Nov. 28, 2012
By Jesse Beauregard 

On Wednesday, Rosalynn Carter visited the group of female volunteers working at the Women Build house in Haiti. Photo by Ezra Millstein

It is with great joy that the Women Build and Cars for Homes team are joined by former First Lady Rosalynn Carter today! Cars for Homes together with Women Build have contributed over $435,000 towards the housing and sanitation improvements in the Santo community.

Today we see the true meaning of volunteerism in meeting with Rosalynn Carter and hearing about her passion projects and experiences all over the world. We see that one person truly can make a difference. Rosalynn Carter is truly an inspiration to our volunteers in Haiti and we are so greatful for the opportunity to have her on the build site.

The theme for Wednesday’s build day is “The power of volunteerism.” According to the United Way, in 2008, 61.8 million Americans (26.4 percent of the population) contributed 8 billion hours of volunteer service worth an estimated US $162 billion.

Habitat helps bring volunteers in to sites like the Santo community in Haiti, thereby changing the lives of those who live safely in these new dwellings, as well as the lives of volunteers who’ve helped build them. Volunteers from the Carter Work Project are armed with the knowledge of how to improve Haiti and go home with a special mission to pass that experience on to others.

Jesse Beauregard is the social media consultant for Habitat International’s Women Build and Cars for Homes programs.