Jimmy Carter giving thumbs up next to Rosalynn Carter smiling.

Carter Work Project 2019

The 36th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project took place in Nashville, Tennessee, where 21 families worked to build their Habitat homes alongside former President Jimmy Carter, former first lady Rosalynn Carter, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, as well as hundreds of other volunteers.

“Thank you, Habitat, for all you’ve done for this event — the countless hours of prep. Not only for the Carter Work Project, but for preparing us to be successful homeowners. It will not be wasted,” homeowner Neil told an audience of fellow homeowners, volunteers, Habitat staff and event sponsors gathered at the Grand Ole Opry for the event’s closing ceremony. “We look forward to thriving for generations because of your investment.”

Our Better Angels, written by Habitat CEO Jonathan Reckford with a foreword by President Carter, is available now. The two sat down at the 2019 Carter Work Project to discuss the book and Habitat’s greater impact.

  • First-time Carter Work Project volunteer Wesley Partin hammers roofing onto a home.

    The 2019 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project marked the 36th year that the former president and first lady have built alongside volunteers and future Habitat homeowners. Volunteers from across the country gathered to help families build roofs, walls and community.

  • Homeowner high-fives a volunteer.

    As the 36th annual Carter Work Project kicked off in Nashville, future Habitat homeowners, volunteers and donors, local leaders and musical talent, as well as the former president and first lady, convened at the historic Ryman Auditorium and then on the build site to usher in the weeklong build.

Thank you to the featured sponsors of the 2019 Carter Work Project

Named for the late Rev. Bill Barnes, a civil rights champion and affordable housing advocate, the Barnes Housing Trust Fund extends grants to nonprofits to create and preserve inclusive and affordable housing across Davidson County.

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency, which has long been a generous supporter of local Habitat for Humanity efforts in the Volunteer State, finances mortgages to make homeownership possible for people of low-to-moderate incomes. 

The financial support from our sponsors helped make it possible for 21 homes to be built during the 2019 weeklong event.