Genworth Canada’s Meaning of Home contest

Attention parents and caregivers… Habitat for Humanity is inviting students in grades 4, 5, & 6 to share what “home” means to them!

Each year, Genworth Canada’s Meaning of Home contest inspires students to submit an essay, poem or video about what “home” means for a chance to give back to their community through Habitat for Humanity.

Since 2007, Genworth Canada’s Meaning of Home contest has raised over $1 million in funding to local Habitat for Humanity affiliates across Canada, directly supporting home build initiatives in their community for local families in need of safe, decent, and affordable places to call home.

Submission guidelines:

Contest starts on October 10, 2017 and essay, composition, poem, or video submissions can be made until November 30, 2017. Here’s where you can find further details and submit essays.

Grand Prize Winner:

The winner of the 2017 Genworth Canada Meaning of Home contest will receive a $50,000 grant to direct to the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate of their choice! In addition to the $50,000 grant, the contest winner will also receive an iPad, a pizza party for their class and $1,000 for their school!

10 Runner-up Prizes:

Ten contest runner-ups will each receive an iPod touch, a pizza party for their class and a $5,000 grant to direct to their local Habitat for Humanity affiliate of their choice!

Donations per essay:

Participating Habitat for Humanity affiliates will be awarded up to $10 for every contest entry submitted from within their region.

2016 Meaning of Home contest winner:

Benson, grade 5

What does home mean to me?
It’s a feeling of security.
Walls protect me from the storm.
My mom’s embrace keeps me warm.
I have no fear of what hides outside.
All of my worries to my mom I confide.

What does home mean to me?
It’s treating each other lovingly.
Home is feeling loved every day.
It’s the encouraging words I hear my dad say.
It’s where I learned to express my love.
We gather at meals and thank our God above.

What does home mean to me?
Simple. It’s being anywhere with my family.
It’s my mom, dad, sister and brother.
Always showing up for each other.

We open our doors with our neighbours with whom we share.
We host international students showing the world we care.
Home is a feeling in our hearts.
It’s not just a building that can be torn apart.
Homes are built but never taken away.
Because home is in your heart and it’s there to stay.

For more information, please visit the Meaning of Home page or contact Francine Negre Laroche, Manager, Corporate Partnerships at and 416-755-7353 x 246 

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