UNION BEACH - Homeowners rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy received help from a high-ranking volunteer on Saturday.

Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, visited Union Beach to help residents recover from the October 2012 storm. Having worked with Habitat for Humanity for the past 30 years, the Carters joined 140 volunteers to fix 18 homes ravaged by the elements.

Union Beach Mayor Paul Smith says 480 families are still displaced from the storm, but that outside help is always appreciated - especially when it comes from someone in Carter's position.

The Carters volunteer for Habitat for Humanity one full week out of the year. Their stop in Union Beach was the final stop on a tour that brought them to New York, Colorado and California.