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 were tireless advocates, active fundraisers and some of our best hands-on construction volunteers.

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 only persisted since moving on, most notably through the Carter Center in Atlanta. They also worked on numerous Habitat builds both in the United States and around the world alongside passionate volunteers just like you.

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity will host the 2024 Carter Work Project

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 had seen firsthand the effects that lack of affordable housing has and understood 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.

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Graphic that reads: 106,100 volunteers, 14 countries, 4,417 houses

The Carters and their example 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.

5 faces of the Carter Work Project 2023

Here are just a few of the faces that bring the time, talent and gifts needed to make the project possible!

  • President Carter painting a porch roof, wearing a cap and red bandana.

    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.

  • A close-up of President Carter smiling.

    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.