For the 11th consecutive year, Genworth Canada is asking students in grades 4, 5, and 6 to consider what home means to them. Through the Meaning of Home contest, students have the opportunity to share their stories, videos and poems in support of Habitat for Humanity Canada and local Habitats across the country, including Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North (VIN). The contest begins October 10 and ends November 30, 2017.
Genworth Canada awards the winning student a $50,000 donation towards a Habitat build of their choice, in addition to a $1,000 donation to their school. To help Habitat for Humanity provide opportunities for families in need of safe, decent housing, there are 10 second place grants of $5,000 toward their local Habitat. In addition, Genworth will make a $10 donation, to local Habitats across the country, for every entry received. Last year, Habitat VIN was one of the recipients of the $5,000 grants.
“The Meaning of Home contest is an excellent opportunity to raise money towards affordable homeownership for local families,” said Tom Beshr, Resource and Development Manager for Habitat VIN, “but it also encourages the participating children to learn about affordable housing and to reflect on what home means to them.”
Last year’s grade 5 winner, Bensen Wilmer, directed his winning charitable donation of $50,000 to Habitat for Humanity Iqaluit, where a Habitat home is currently being built. Future Habitat homeowners Tiivi and Caroline, who are also Inuit, will pay an affordable mortgage and volunteer 500 hours of their time as part of the program.
“The Genworth Canada Meaning of Home contest encourages students to become engaged in the wellbeing of their community. Since this contest started in 2007, we’ve provided over $1,000,000 in funding to Habitat for Humanity across Canada, and we have helped to inspire over 45,000 students to learn more about the issue of affordable housing”, said Stuart Levings, President and CEO, Genworth Canada.
For more information on contest rules, or to submit an entry, visit www.meaningofhome.ca. If you are an educator or run a youth-focused organization and want to get involved, or if you want to volunteer to promote the contest, contact Tom Beshr at firstname.lastname@example.org or (250) 334-3777 ext. 230. The contest winner and runners-up will be announced in February of 2018.