Each year Habitat for Humanity hosts a "Carter Work Project," named in honor of former U.S. President, Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, who are major supporters of Habitat for Humanity. Habitat’s Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project is an annual, internationally-recognized week of building that brings attention to the need for simple, decent and affordable housing in partnership with low-income families. The Carter Work Project is held at a different location each year and attracts volunteers from around the world (http://www.habitat.org). This year, Birmingham was one of six U.S. cities that hosted Carter Work Project. Volunteers from all over the country, and even some from other countries, came to Birmingham to help work on 28 houses for a week. Zac Carden, an Everest Academy Homeschool Student, spent 8 hours a day Monday-Friday painting, cleaning, and doing yard work for the Smith House. He briefly met Garth Brooks on Thursday and had his picture taken with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter on Friday. He highly recommends this experience to anyone who would like to do it in the future.
Zac's work group and house (though some were just with group that donated money rather than hours working)
The Carters checking out the new houses.
Zac with the new home owner.