MEMPHIS, TENN. (July 14, 2016) – Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis today announced the sponsors for Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project Aug. 21-26, 2016. In partnership with Memphis Habitat, future Habitat homebuyers will build or improve their homes alongside former President Jimmy Carter, former first lady Rosalynn Carter and hundreds of volunteers. Projects during the week will include new home construction, neighborhood beautification and home modifications for seniors.
President and Mrs. Carter donate their time and voices annually to help Habitat families build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. They, along with country music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, who will also return to build in August, helped build a home in Memphis last fall to announce the 2016 project. Soon after, the Tennessee Housing Development Agency joined Memphis Habitat and Habitat for Humanity International to announce a $1 million challenge grant to kick off the fundraising effort.
Sponsors joining Habitat for Humanity and THDA for the project include 84 Lumber; ABB Inc.; Altisource; American Snuff Company; A. O. Smith; The Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Inc.; AutoZone; Michael Aycock; Bank of America; Bank of Bartlett; BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation; Briggs Equipment; Cisco; City of Memphis, Division of Housing and Community Development and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Ed and Sue Clark; The Dow Chemical Company; Downtown Memphis Commission; Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati; FedEx; First Tennessee Bank; Germantown Presbyterian Church; Germantown United Methodist Church; Jerry and Bobbi Gillis; Hope Church; International Paper; LEO Events; Lowe’s; Memphis Redbirds; Memphis and Shelby County Community Redevelopment Agency; Nissan North America; Oasis of Hope; Owens Corning; The Peabody Memphis; Pinnacle Financial Partners; The Plough Foundation Aging in Place Initiative; Pyramex Safety Products; Raymond James; Schneider Electric; ServiceMaster; Simpson Strong-Tie; Stratas Foods LLC; Transamerica; Henry and Lynne Turley; and Wells Fargo.
“Memphis Habitat is honored to host the 2016 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, and we are so grateful for the outpouring of support from corporations, faith-based organizations and individuals here in Memphis and around the country,” said Dwayne Spencer, president & CEO of Memphis Habitat. “Strong and stable homes help build strong and stable communities, and our sponsors understand the importance of investing in the futures of families seeking to build or improve the places they call home.
For more than three decades, Habitat’s Carter Work Project has engaged volunteers to improve communities across the United States and around the world. In Memphis this August, volunteers will work with 19 homeowner families to build new homes an area of Uptown Memphis called Bearwater Park. During that same week, volunteers will also conduct 10 beautification projects and six Aging in Place projects around Shelby County to enhance accessibility and mobility for seniors. Thanks to Carter Work Project supporters, Memphis Habitat will partner with additional families on Aging in Place and beautification projects leading up to and after the build week. By the end of the year, a total of 99 families will have decent, affordable places to live as a result of the project.
To donate or learn more about Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, please visit habitat.org/cwp or memphishabitat.com/carterworkproject.
About Habitat for Humanity Greater Memphis
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis partners with people in our community to help them build or improve places they can call home through new home construction, rehabilitation projects and Aging in Place accessibility and mobility modifications for seniors. Since 1983, Memphis Habitat has provided more than 445 first-time homebuyers with affordable mortgages and completed rehabilitation projects for more than 80 Uptown residents, helping them achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families. For more information, visit memphishabitat.com.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity has grown from a grassroots effort that began on a community farm in southern Georgia in 1976 to a global nonprofit housing organization in nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in over 70 countries. People partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering, or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.
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