Carter Work Project

“Habitat has successfully removed the stigma of charity by substituting it with a sense of partnership.” — Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter

We have been deeply honored to have two of the world’s most distinguished humanitarians as dedicated Habitat volunteers for more than 35 years. 

Throughout their involvement with the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter have been tireless advocates, active fundraisers and some of our best hands-on construction volunteers.

Carter Work Project 2023 is underway!

Our daily before and after photos will give you a frontrow seat to this week’s action as hosts Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, future homeowners and volunteers build affordable homes.

The Carters demonstrated their commitment to social justice and basic human rights over and over again during their time in the White House. Their resolve has only persisted since moving on, most notably through the Carter Center in Atlanta. They have also worked on numerous Habitat builds both in the United States and around the world alongside passionate volunteers just like you.

In March 1984, President and Mrs. Carter worked with Habitat in Americus, Georgia. They quickly realized that our mission closely aligned with their values — the Carters have seen firsthand the effects that lack of affordable housing has and understand that, to ensure the greatest success, families need a stable, affordable foundation to grow.

That often begins with a safe place to call home. With this deeply held mission at its center, the Carters and Habitat formed a partnership.

Carter Work Project by the numbers

Since 1984, the Carter Work Project has touched lives around the world.

The Carters have rallied thousands of volunteers, supporters and celebrities to take part in our mission, helping Habitat for Humanity become internationally recognized for our work to build decent and affordable housing. They’ve touched the lives of thousands of Habitat homeowners and volunteers and inspired millions across the globe.

Dive into the stories of families whose lives have been changed by the incredible work of the Carters, Habitat volunteers and advocates.

Carter Work Project 2023

After a three-year hiatus, the Carter Work Project is resuming! Habitat will welcome volunteers and Habitat Humanitarians and country music superstars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood for the week-long build in Charlotte, North Carolina, from Oct. 1-6, 2023.

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Photo gallery: Memorable moments with the Carters

From painting walls to framing houses, the Carters have always been ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work alongside fellow volunteers. Journey through these memorable build site moments with two of Habitat’s greatest supporters and hands-on volunteers.

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Inspiring moments from past Carter Work Projects

“We get to see despair transform into hope over and over,” President Carter has said. Take a look back at the kinds of inspiring moments that spark when homeowners, volunteers and supporters come together under a common mission.

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A glimpse at what inspires President Carter

Former President Jimmy Carter has been serving others his whole life, and we’ve been honored that this incredible passion has led him to partner with Habitat for over 30 years. President Carter shares with us what inspires him to pursue a lifetime of helping others – a mission that has changed thousands of lives.

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How Habitat helped shape former first lady Rosalynn Carter

For over 30 years, former first lady Rosalynn Carter has dedicated her voice, time and energy to building and advocating for affordable housing alongside Habitat. She sat down with us to share why the mission of a decent, affordable home keeps her coming back year after year.

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Habitat Humanitarians: The Carters

Since 1984, President and Mrs. Carter have been champions and groudbreaking voices for affordable, decent housing for all, donating their time and leadership each year to build and improve homes through Habitat’s Carter Work Project.

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Our work

Learn more about the types of work we do to build a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

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