Volunteers on the build site.

Slideshow: The Carters, volunteers and families build hope together

The 2018 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project marks the 35th year that the former president and first lady have built alongside volunteers and future Habitat homeowners.

Volunteers from across the country have gathered to help families build roofs, walls and community. Habitat Humanitarians President and Mrs. Carter, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood were joined by talk show host David Letterman and singer/songwriter Eric Paslay and his wife Natalie — all to build alongside families and help call attention to the critical and growing need for decent, affordable housing.

Many volunteers arrive to the Mishawaka build site each morning as day breaks, getting a jump on another day of hard work and deep fellowship.

Every morning, Habitat homeowners like John have been on hand to greet everyone arriving at the 2018 Carter Work Project build site.

President and Mrs. Carter work side by side, as they have since the first Carter Work Project in 1984.

Inspired by the example of the Carters and that unique Carter Work Project feeling, volunteers return year after year to build community with each other and with families around the world.

Carter Work Projects are a place where connections are formed and friendships cemented, as people from all walks of life come together in common cause: working to make this a world where everyone has a decent place to call home.

The project in St. Joseph County, Indiana, marks the 10th consecutive Carter Work Project for Habitat Humanitarians Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks.

President Carter and talk show host and longtime Habitat volunteer David Letterman share a laugh. “It is amazing that there is this community of people here now building in what seems to be an orderly manner,” Letterman says. “Six months from now, there will be a community of completely different people going on about their lives.”

Country music singer Eric Paslay and his wife, Natalie, are passionate about using their voices to raise awareness for the need for decent, affordable housing while lending their hands to create solutions. “The ultimate reason we are here is to love each other and take care of each other,” Paslay told volunteers and future Habitat homeowners on the first build day of the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

Future homeowner Jhunixa thanks and greets volunteers as building on her home begins.

Habitat CEO Jonathan Reckford chats with volunteers during the first day of construction at the 2018 Carter Work Project.

A neighborhood takes shape. “When I walk through the activity on the construction site, I see the community already,” says Nusrat, whose family will call this neighborhood home in coming months.

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Many volunteers arrive to the Mishawaka build site each morning as day breaks, getting a jump on another day of hard work and deep fellowship.

Every morning, Habitat homeowners like John have been on hand to greet everyone arriving at the 2018 Carter Work Project build site.

President and Mrs. Carter work side by side, as they have since the first Carter Work Project in 1984.

Inspired by the example of the Carters and that unique Carter Work Project feeling, volunteers return year after year to build community with each other and with families around the world.

Carter Work Projects are a place where connections are formed and friendships cemented, as people from all walks of life come together in common cause: working to make this a world where everyone has a decent place to call home.

The project in St. Joseph County, Indiana, marks the 10th consecutive Carter Work Project for Habitat Humanitarians Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks.

President Carter and talk show host and longtime Habitat volunteer David Letterman share a laugh. “It is amazing that there is this community of people here now building in what seems to be an orderly manner,” Letterman says. “Six months from now, there will be a community of completely different people going on about their lives.”

Country music singer Eric Paslay and his wife, Natalie, are passionate about using their voices to raise awareness for the need for decent, affordable housing while lending their hands to create solutions. “The ultimate reason we are here is to love each other and take care of each other,” Paslay told volunteers and future Habitat homeowners on the first build day of the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

Future homeowner Jhunixa thanks and greets volunteers as building on her home begins.

Habitat CEO Jonathan Reckford chats with volunteers during the first day of construction at the 2018 Carter Work Project.

A neighborhood takes shape. “When I walk through the activity on the construction site, I see the community already,” says Nusrat, whose family will call this neighborhood home in coming months.

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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