Habitat Canada recently launched its annual Meaning of Home campaign (MOH); a creative writing contest for children in grades 4, 5, and 6. For each entry, Genworth Canada (a mortgage insurance company ) donates $10 to local Habitat affiliates across the country. This is a really great way to engage children in giving back to their community that doesn’t require a financial contribution. They simply need a pencil and paper or access to a computer. Locally, we reach out to schools to encourage their participation, however, children can participate independently at home.
When we began our local MOH outreach campaign, it was important for us to communicate the why; why should we teach children the value of giving back?
During some preliminary internet research, there were lots of wonderful articles written on the topic. But to keep on point, we thought that we would share the most common reasons for why it’s important for children to give back to their community.
- Cultivating an interest in giving-back can begin at any age. The younger they learn, the more likely they will continue to give back as they grow-up.
- Research indicates that children are interested in giving back to their communities.
- It gives them a purpose.
- It further supports concepts of reading, writing, and develops social skills, like problem-solving, reasoning and empathy.