Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Coming to Bay Area for Habitat Project


president-jimmy-carter-rosalynn-carter-work-project-habitat-for-humanity-east-bay-silicon-valleyPresident Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn are coming to the San Francisco Bay Area for two days in October as part of the 30th anniversary Carter Work Project (CWP) service event for Habitat for Humanity. It is the first time the annual project is happening in the region.

This year’s CWP runs from Sunday, Oct. 6, to Friday, Oct. 11, with building activities, community projects, and special events taking place in San Jose, Oakland, Denver, and New York. The Carters will start in the Bay Area on Sunday, and leave on Tuesday, Oct. 8, traveling east until they reach New York, the site of the first CWP in 1984.

The week corresponds with World Habitat Day on Oct. 7, designated by the United Nations General Assembly to call attention to the need for adequate, affordable housing as a basic human right.

Hundreds, and sometimes thousands of volunteers, participate in a CWP; in 2010 a combined 1,000 volunteers worked on projects with the Carters in 7 cities in the Midwest, South, and East.

The event typically alternates between the U.S. and foreign countries, although for the last two years the work weeks took place in Haiti, following the massive 2010 earthquake there. Only three projects have taken place in two California cities: San Diego (with Tijuana, Mexico), and Los Angeles.

Fundraising Requirement

The event in the Bay Area will most likely be the region’s largest, and most popular volunteer service event of the year, despite a steep fundraising requirement. Registration opened on March 1, and slots are expected to fill up this spring.

president-jimmy-carter-rosalyn-carter-work-project-habitat-for-humanity-east-bay-silicon-valley-volunteer-fundraising-good-neighbor-storiesTo volunteer with the Carters, and be in a group photo with them, on Monday, Oct. 7, in Oakland, or the next day in San Jose, participants must pledge to raise a minimum of $1,000. To work the entire week, through Oct. 11, the fundraising requirement is $2,000. Those who assist with event support must raise a minimum of $500.

“We anticipate that opportunities will fill quickly, and we recommend registering soon,” the Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley website states. “The sooner you register and begin fundraising, the sooner you will reach your fundraising minimum and earn an opportunity to participate.”

The site also states that Habitat “makes it easy” for fundraisers, by providing personalized pledge pages, where friends, family, and co-workers can donate online, much like charities that organize walk-a-thons and races.

Normally, Habitat year-round building, home repair, and neighborhood revitalization projects, do not require volunteers to fund raise in order to participate.

Habitat is also soliciting individual and corporate sponsorships of between $10,000 and $500,00. Depending on the level, sponsors have an opportunity to attend an opening reception with the Carters in Oakland on Sunday, Oct. 6, and/or a Presidential Reception the following day in Santa Clara.

Planned Projects

president-jimmy-carter-rosalynn-habitat-for-humanity-east-bay-silicon-valley-carter-work-project-2013Most of the CWP’s home construction will take place in Oakland, with additional home repairs and community projects happening throughout the city. In San Jose the work will focus on home repairs and community projects, such as repairing schools, and cleaning up neighborhoods.

Volunteers in each city will build a total of 30 playhouses for donation to charities that serve children, as part of Habitat’s Playhouse Program.

For more information, or to volunteer: see to the Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley website.





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