MISHAWAKA, Ind. (Aug. 27, 2018) – President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter have donned their hardhats and lifted their hammers for their 35th work project with Habitat for Humanity. Building alongside volunteers and future homeowners, the Carters are helping to build 22 new, affordable homes this week in what will become an all-Habitat neighborhood in Mishawaka. With additional construction projects throughout the year, a total of 41 homes will be built, renovated or repaired in Mishawaka and South Bend as part of the 2018 Carter Work Project.
Additional photos and videos of the 35th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project are available at habitat.ngo/CWPphotos. More photos and videos will be added throughout the week.
“The 35th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project is an incredible milestone for Habitat for Humanity, as we reflect on the decades of service that President and Mrs. Carter have provided to our nation and the world,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “It’s also a landmark moment for these 41 families in Indiana, who after building alongside the Carters and our enthusiastic volunteers, will move into homes that give them the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build a strong future.”
For the 11th year, country music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are volunteering their time during the Carter Work Project. They first volunteered together with Habitat in 2007 in New Orleans to help build post-Katrina Habitat homes on the Gulf Coast, and since then, have lent their names and support to numerous Habitat events and projects. Along with the Carters, Brooks and Yearwood are recognized as Habitat Humanitarians.
Country music singer and songwriter Eric Paslay, along with his wife Natalie, are also lending their hands. The Paslays volunteered during the 2017 Carter Work Project in Edmonton and have been supporters for Habitat’s Home is the Key cause campaign.