Final preparations are taking place for the Jimmy Carter Work Project in Valdosta this week, and in order to build 25 houses in this 14-acre land in just seven days, Habitat is making sure that there's no room to make mistakes.
“Everything has to be on site before we begin because if we make a mistake, chances are it's going to be multiplied 25 times and so there has been a lot of good planning by city and community, volunteers and staff,” says Will Ruttencutter, Director of Construction Services.
The foundation of the houses has already been laid out, and everything that volunteers need from tools to shelves are located in the container in front of the homes.
This will be Habitat's biggest operation ever, with thousands of volunteers participating from 13 different countries.
“Meals three times a day, first aide, security, all the different elements we need to be almost be a self contained spot and several of us will be here 24 hours a day,” says Ralph Jackson, Executive Director of V-LC Habitat.
Some call the event the “Super Bowl of Habitat.” And being that Valdosta is one of three cities to host the event this year, is a true honor for the community.
“Because we've done this around the world, in South Korea, South Africa, Philippines, next year we'll be in Mexico, but this is Valdosta, Georgia and we are at the same playing field and same level, it's exciting.”
The volunteers will start coming in Friday, and start building early Saturday morning all the way till next Friday.
President Carter is scheduled to be here in Valdosta on Wednesday to help build. So grab your hammer, ‘cause Jimmy is coming.
Habitat for Humanity
Source: http://www.habitat.org/ (The Habitat for Humanity International Web site)