Carter Work Project

President and Mrs. Carter's build with Habitat

We have been honored to have two of the world’s most respected and famous people as dedicated and hardworking Habitat volunteers for more than 35 years.

Former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter demonstrated their commitment to social justice and basic human rights over and over again during their time in the White House, and their resolve has only deepened 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 diligent volunteers just like you.

In March 1984, President and Mrs. Carter worked with Habitat in Americus, Georgia. This led up to their long-term involvement with us. They quickly realized that our mission closely aligned with their values, and a partnership was formed. Just a few months later, in September of that same year, the Carters led a Habitat for Humanity work group to New York, serving 19 families in need of safe, affordable housing. That was the inaugural Carter Work Project, which is now a weeklong event taking place in a different location all over the world each year.

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

If you’d like to be a part of this special event, you do not need prior building experience to volunteer. There are opportunities for all skill levels and abilities. You may also volunteer with others, or come solo. All contributions are welcome. Consider lending your time and talents to build and renovate homes, because improved communities benefit us all.

The Carters have seen firsthand the effects of poor living conditions, and understand that both big and small actions can make all the difference. To ensure the greatest success, families need a strong foundation to grow. That often begins with a safe place to call home. You can help us provide that for families everywhere.

Throughout their involvement with the Carter Work Project, President and Mrs. Carter have become tireless advocates, active fundraisers, and some of our best hands-on construction volunteers. Additionally, they have rallied thousands of volunteers and even celebrities, helping Habitat for Humanity to becoming internationally recognized for its work to build decent and affordable housing. Inspiring millions, President and Mrs. Carter have worked alongside 103,000 volunteers in 14 countries to build, renovate and repair 4,331 homes. They have also made quite an impression on thousands of Habitat homeowners and volunteers.

We are grateful for President and Mrs. Carter’s continued partnership, and encourage you to participate in the Carter Work Project, adding to the legacy of this great work. You don’t have to have a lot of influence to make a difference, just the motivation to do the work needed.

View a historical map of Carter Work Project locations.

Carter Work Project 2020 and 2021

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Habitat for Humanity will not be hosting a Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in 2020 or 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.

    Carter Work Project 2019

    The 2019 Carter Work Project headed to Tennessee where President and Mrs. Carter worked alongside future homeowners and volunteers to build 21 homes in Nashville.

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    Carter Work Project 2018

    The 2018 Carter Work Project headed to Indiana where President and Mrs. Carter worked alongside future homeowners and volunteers to build or improve 41 homes in Mishawaka and South Bend.

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