Project Description

2020 Meaning of Home Creative Writing Contest

Habitat for Humanity is once again excited to be participating in the Meaning of Home contest, which runs from January 6, 2020 to February 21, 2020.

The contest invites Grades 4, 5 and 6 students from across Canada to submit a written poem or essay (in English or French) explaining what home means to them for a chance to direct a $30,000 grant to a local Habitat for Humanity build. There is no cost to enter. Since 2007, over 58,000 students have participated in the Meaning of Home contest. Thanks to their inspiring words, and the support of founding sponsor Genworth Canada and award sponsors Revera Inc. and The Silver Hotel Group, the Meaning of Home contest has raised over $1.5 million to build homes across Canada for families in need of decent and affordable housing.

The Meaning of Home contest offers a unique and meaningful way to get students involved in the creative writing process. The goal is to teach students about the importance of giving back to the community and foster their active participation as world citizens.

TEACHERS
Teachers who are interested in getting their classes involved are encouraged to sign up prior to January 6, 2020. Additionally, teachers have access to resources, such as an education module guide; contest poster; and word search.

To sign up and access resource materials, visit: https://meaningofhome.ca/teachers/

PARENTS
Parents can also encourage their children to participate in the contest independantly. Resource materials are also available by visiting:

https://meaningofhome.ca/parents/

Testimonials

We are currently being helped by Habitat for Humanity! We are working on our 500 sweat equity hours while building our home right now! Awesome program!

Amanda R.

Habitat for Humanity is a wonderful place to buy inexpensive materials for home projects. We have bought several things for our home from here. It’s perfect for folks on a budget. They have so many things from doors to canned lighting to vanities and fixtures!

Cindy M.

This organization actually helped a relative with her first home, 10+ years later she still loves her home and is there. I have also donated furniture and clothes to them and I see them all the time helping and engaging with the local community!

Maricela F.

I really respect this program and think it’s a great opportunity for people who could use a hand up. I like that they use sweet equity so the families can be vested in their own future and take pride in what they’re doing. And all the wonderful skilled people volunteering their time really deserve kudos!

Crystal M.