Carter Work Project Comes to The Bend

It’s not every day a former president visits town.

But that’s just what will happen in The Bend later this month. Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, will join close to 500 volunteers from around the country for the annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

They’ll sprint from Aug. 26-31 to help build or renovate more than 30 homes in Mishawaka and South Bend. Most of the work — 23 houses in a new subdivision — will take place in Mishawaka, one of the cornerstones of our destination.

Carter Work Project History

Jimmy Carter served as president from 1977 to 1981. During that time, he and wife Rosalynn became known as champions for human rights and social justice.

This commitment to doing good works extended beyond their time in office. The Carters first worked with Habitat for Humanity in early 1984. Later that year, they led a Habitat work group in New York. This turned into the first ever Carter Work Project, a weeklong event that now takes place ever year.

The Carters have worked alongside over 101,000 volunteers in 14 countries to build 4,290 homes. And now they’re adding The Bend to their list.

“We look forward to welcoming President and Mrs. Carter to Mishawaka for this transformational and inspiring project,” said Jim Williams, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County, via Habitat’s website.

Build Plans in The Bend

Hundreds of visitors will flock to The Bend to help on the project.

Notable among them: Country music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. Brooks, in fact, is doubling down on the area. He plans to play the first-ever concert at Notre Dame Stadium later this fall. The official date hasn’t been announced.

Volunteers during Carter Project week will focus their attention on Mishawaka homes. The Carters are expected to work on a porch and paint a house, according to the South Bend Tribune. Another 18 homes are being built or renovated in South Bend.

For more information on the Carter Work Project, click HERE.