President Carter to build homes in Baltimore, Annapolis
Habitat for Humanity's most famous booster is former President Jimmy Carter, so you can imagine the glee of any chapter that gets him as a volunteer.
Take Baltimore's Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake -- it's holding two public announcements today to spread the word about its good luck.
Carter and wife Rosalynn will be helping build homes at one of the chapter's sites in East Baltimore and another in Annapolis on Oct. 5, part of their annual Habitat work week. (Other chosen ones this year: Washington; Birmingham, Ala.; and the twin Minnesota cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.)
"Habitat for Humanity's Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project for 27 years has been a catalyst for increasing the work being done in local communities and empowering people to bring hope, stability and housing solutions," Habitat for Humanity International said in a press release.
Mike Mitchell, chief executive of Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, said he's "thrilled" that Carter "has decided to join with us in raising the visibility of the lack of simple, decent, affordable housing in our community along with the paradox of need alongside the plenty."
"I'm referring to the thousands of vacants in our community that could be homes and harbors from crime, poor health, and environmental degradation," Mitchell wrote me in an email.