Since first volunteering with Habitat in 1984, Mrs. Carter has been a champion and strong voice
for affordable, decent housing for all. In March 1984, President and Mrs. Carter worked with Habitat in Americus, Georgia. They quickly realized that Habitat’s 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.
Mrs. Carter made a point in connecting with Habitat homeowners, often recall how she drew
inspiration from the expressions of homeowners when they receive a Bible and the keys to their
new home. Mrs. Carter exemplified compassion and grace and working alongside President Carter for more than 35 years helping build decent and affordable housing with Habitat, demonstrated a peerless
work ethic and commitment to the mission. In 2016, Habitat named President and Mrs. Carter as the inaugural Habitat Humanitarians in recognition of their extraordinary dedication to service in alignment with Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
The next Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project will take place in Twin Cities, MN in September
2024. President and Mrs. Carter have long been Habitat’s most famous volunteers. They were the first to be named Habitat Humanitarians, the highest honor that Habitat bestows. Habitat is blessed to have the support of other well-known supporters, including the four other Habitat Humanitarians: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott. Mrs. Carter changed lives for families, and she will be missed.