The 35th Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project is coming to Mishawaka and South Bend August 26-31, 2018.


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2018 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project

Habitat for Humanity’s 35th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project will take place this year in St. Joseph County, Indiana. Over five days, future homeowners will work alongside President and Mrs. Carter and hundreds of other volunteers from Indiana and around the world to build or improve 38 homes in Mishawaka and South Bend.

“We look forward to welcoming President and Mrs. Carter to Mishawaka for this transformational and inspiring project,” said Jim Williams, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County, pictured above. “Thanks to the generous involvement of volunteers and sponsors from across the country, we will be able to help dozens of families have a more secure place they can call home.”

In addition to the work in St. Joseph County, local Habitat organizations across Indiana will complete construction projects in honor of President and Mrs. Carter and their legacy of helping raise awareness of the need for decent, affordable housing.


“My faith demands I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can,
for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference”
– Former President Jimmy Carter

Habitat was founded in 1976 in Americus, Georgia, near Carter’s hometown of Plains, Georgia. In 1984, President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter helped Habitat volunteers renovate a 19 unit building in New York City. Although, President Carter never intended to start an annual project, that is exactly what happened.

The Carter Work Projects started modestly and built slowly, what began small in the US has now grown to be a national and international event of significant scale over the past 3 decades.

President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn have brought international attention to the Habitat mission, but the fruits of their labor have directly impacted lives in communities in 21 states and 14 countries. The Carters’ humble service speaks volume. Each year, they work alongside volunteers and habitat families to build a home.

All projects are scheduled to be completed during the year and move in ready by December 2018.

23 New homes in Mishawaka, IN

6 New homes in South Bend, IN

11 Major home repairs in South Bend, IN

1 Rehabilitated home in South Bend, IN

Families: Since 1987, Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County has mobilized over 21,000 volunteers to provide housing solutions for over 450 families in St. Joseph County. Future homeowners attend educational classes that prepare them to become successful homeowners.

Children: After moving into a Habitat home, children show significant signs of improved study habits and respiratory health (Source: Impacts of Habitat for Humanity Homeownership study).

The children of homeowners (as compared to renters) are 59% more likely to own their own home (Source: Homeownership Alliance of Nonprofit Downpayment Providers).

Environment: Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County ReStores have diverted 29,648 gallons of paint, 563 tons of scrap metal, 6,200 tons of merchandise, 373 tons of books, and 149 tons of electronics from area landfills.

Energy use: Habitat installs energy efficient ranges, hot water heaters, windows, and furnaces in our homes. We also install insulation with R-values above what is required by code and use roof venting systems that increase the heating and cooling efficiency of the insulation and roofing materials. All of our homes are Energy Star Certified. Because of our energy-efficient standards, our families only pay $115-120 per month for utilities and save an average of $1,320 per year on energy costs compared to homes without these energy-efficient features.