ATLANTA, Oct. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Habitat for Humanity's 31st annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project will take place Oct. 5-11, 2014, in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity and Trinity Habitat for Humanity will host the flagship event, which brings President and Mrs. Carter together with thousands of volunteers for a weeklong build to help improve neighborhoods and raise awareness about affordable housing.
"President and Mrs. Carter have been such tremendous supporters and volunteers for Habitat over the years, and we are grateful for their continued commitment," said Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International. "We are looking forward to bringing Habitat for Humanity's most visible annual event and two most inspiring volunteers to Dallas-Fort Worth next year, and we look forward to helping improve neighborhoods throughout the Metroplex."
Bill Hall, CEO of Dallas Habitat; and Gage Yager, Executive Director of Trinity Habitat, attended the 2013 Carter Work project closing ceremonies in New York to receive the symbolic "passing of the hammer" from President and Mrs. Carter.
"The Carter's have led a life of service to others and we are proud to be invited to be a part of this yearly event of service," said Hall. "Building a house for a family provides stability for that family. Building and repairing several homes during the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project will create stability for a neighborhood extending Habitat for Humanity's impact from a single family to hundreds of families that live in the neighborhood."
"Trinity Habitat for Humanity is honored to cohost the 2014 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project," said Yager. "With so many families in our communities in need of decent housing, President and Mrs. Carter's annual build will help us to build even more homes and transform entire neighborhoods."
Habitat's 2014 Carter Work Project will kick off on World Habitat Day, a day designated by the United Nations as a time to reflect on the state of our cities and towns and the basic human right to adequate shelter. Habitat for Humanity's first Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project was held in 1984. Since then, President and Mrs. Carter have dedicated a week of their time annually to help build with thousands of volunteers in 14 countries around the world.
About Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity
Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity's vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Dallas Habitat believes that hard working individuals and families be provided the opportunity to live in thriving neighborhoods where hopes and dreams are realized for generations to come because poverty housing is socially, politically and spiritually unacceptable. Since 1986, Dallas Habitat has served over 1,200 low-income families using affordable homeownership as an anchor for hope, change, and stabilization resulting in an investment of approximately $139 million in more than 25 neighborhoods for families that pay over $1.7 million annually in property taxes in Dallas County. For more information, visit www.dallas-habitat.org.
About Trinity Habitat for Humanity
Trinity Habitat for Humanity revitalizes neighborhoods by building quality, affordable homes and rehabbing existing homes with volunteer labor and donations of money and materials. Sponsors and donors underwrite construction costs of Habitat for Humanity homes. Partner families, as Habitat for Humanity homeowners are known, invest "sweat equity" in the construction of their homes or others' houses, working side by side with volunteers. Partner families make affordable monthly payments on a no-interest mortgage held by Habitat.
Trinity Habitat for Humanity has built over 491 new homes and preserved more than 737 existing homes in Tarrant, Johnson, Parker and Wise counties since 1989. www.trinityhabitat.org
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International's vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 3 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates for fair and just housing policies and provides training and access to resources to help more families improve their shelter conditions. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To get more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org.
SOURCE Habitat for Humanity International