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Habitat For Humanity and President Carter are coming together to provide housing to people across the US, and you can join them.

The 2013 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project will take place between Oct. 6-12, and coincides with the United Nations-designated World Habitat Day.

Celebrating 30 years of building safe homes.
Celebrating 30 years of building safe homes.

An estimated 3000 volunteers will be on hand to build and repair more than 80 homes across the chosen locations. Volunteers will help improve homes and communities through a range of tactics from new, energy-efficient construction and critical home repair to rehabilitation, weatherization and home preservation.

The events will be hosted in four states – California, Colorado, New York and New Jersey – and honor the three decades of service by the former President and his wife.

Every year since 1984, former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have dedicate a week of their time to help build Habitat homes somewhere in the world. It all started when the former president led a group to New York City to renovate a six-story building for 19 families in need of decent, affordable shelter. Events since then have taken place in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Hungary, South Africa, South Korea, India, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, China, Laos, Vietnam, and the past two years, in Haiti.

This year Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will be joining President and Mrs. Carter at receptions in California, Colorado and New York, with each location seeing additional local celebrities and politicians in attendance. Among others, Susan Sarandon will be attending in New York, Mark Curry will attend the California event, and Isaac Slade, lead singer from the Fray, will be there for Denver’s Raise The Roof gala.

Volunteers are a key part of the program’s success, and this year’s volunteers are being invited to create a personal fundraising page, with a chance to win a trip for two to the New York build to meet President and Mrs. Carter. Volunteers who register by September, 15th will be entered into the random drawing to win a slot in the October, 15th build.

To start a fundraiser and enter to win a trip to NY to meet President Carter, visit helpbuild.habitat.org.

Learn more about the needs of the 2013 locations here.

For more information about the 2013 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, click here.

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