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.
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.
If you’re interested in joining this special event when we resume, jump in! You don’t need prior building experience to volunteer — there are opportunities for all skill levels and abilities, and you can volunteer with others or solo. By donating your time and energy, you can help lift up households, and in turn, entire communities.
“Habitat provides a simple but powerful avenue for people of different backgrounds to come together to achieve those most meaningful things in life. A decent home, yes, but also a genuine bond with our fellow human beings. A bond that comes with the building up of walls and the breaking down of barriers.”— Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter
“For anybody who wants to get involved with an organization, there is nothing that they could do that would give them such a life-changing experience as Habitat. This is something that brings together people who have everything they need and those who don’t have so many things we take for granted.”— Former first lady Rosalynn Carter
The Carters have rallied thousands of volunteers and even celebrities to take part in our mission, helping Habitat for Humanity become internationally recognized for our work to build decent and affordable housing. President and Mrs. Carter have worked alongside 103,000 volunteers in 14 countries to build, renovate and repair 4,331 homes. They’ve touched the lives of thousands of Habitat homeowners and volunteers and inspired millions across the globe.
We are grateful for President and Mrs. Carter’s continued partnership, and you can add to the legacy of this life-changing work by becoming part of the Carter Work Project.
Carter Work Project 2020 and 2021
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Habitat for Humanity didn’t host a Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in 2020 and will not be in 2021. While we are disappointed to make this difficult decision, the health and safety of our volunteers and the people in the communities in which we serve must be our priority.
Local Habitat for Humanity organizations in all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries are continuing to build with enhanced health and safety precautions. While most construction volunteer opportunities are still curtailed, there are many ways you can continue to support Habitat’s mission during this time. Find your local Habitat.