Carter Work Project
Friday August 31, 2018

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The Hammer is passed to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville

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Cleora and her family join in as Morning Greeters

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Smiling volunteer working hard

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Future Homeowner Amanda and a volunteer lay sod

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The excitement continues on the last day

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Morning warm up dance with Jim Williams, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood

It was hard to say goodbye on Friday after being a part of one of the most successful and meaningful Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Projects in its history. New traditions were started and old were continued throughout the day as the week wrapped up with a bang.

The morning started out with speakers David Kibbe representing the Vera Z. Dwyer Foundation and Taryn MacFarlane representing the Roger I. & Ruth B. MacFarlane Foundation. Volunteers heard from Cleora, a mother of four who will soon be moving into a Habitat home built during the week, as well as a special morning devotional from Garth Brooks. Volunteers continued to work hard to finish as many houses as possible for the future homeowners.

Build Recap
Volunteers worked incredibly hard on the last day to get as much done to finish the homes before the week was over. The one-story homes had their basement framing done as well as a majority of the siding and porch structure completed. The two-story homes were down to their final punch lists, touch ups and sod. By the end of the day, the two-story homes had mail boxes installed and shrubs planted. Future homeowners celebrated the completion of their new homes.

Special Moments
To keep the energy going, Jim Williams invited Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood to the stage to help with a morning warm up routine that quickly became a favorite moment of the week. Watch it below. 


The week ended with Closing Ceremonies where President & Mrs. Carter thanked the volunteers for their commitment to Habitat for Humanity. The ceremony concluded with the tradition of “Passing the Hammer” onto the Greater Nashville Executive Director, Danny Herron, the affiliate hosting the project next year.

Featured Articles
US News and World Report: Building a legacy: Former President Jimmy Carter 

Taste of Country: Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood reflect on emotional Habitat for Humanity build

Indy Star: Jimmy Carter and Habitat for Humanity join forces in Mishawaka

South Bend Tribune: Our Opinion: Habitat owners in Mishawaka are building on a proud tradition

WSBT-TV (CBS): Carter Work Project’s final day sees much progress and excitement

WVPE-FM (NPR): President Carter: Housing a basic human right

WNDU-TV (NBC): Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project ends, but work continues

WSMV-TV (NBC Nashville): President Carter picks Nashville for Habitat ‘Work Project’

See More Photos from Friday

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Volunteers working hard to finish the porches and siding in new homes