National writing contest launches for students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 to benefit Habitat for Humanity

SDG & CORNWALL — Students in Cornwall and Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry can help Habitat for Humanity Cornwall & The Counties build homes by entering.

Students across the country have an opportunity to help a family in Cornwall become a Habitat homeowner, thanks to Meaning of Home contest, a national writing contest in support of Habitat for Humanity Canada. Launching today, the Meaning of Home contest asks students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 to share what home means to them.

In the last 12 years, over 50,000 students have shared what homes has meant to them. Thanks to their inspiring words, and Genworth Canada’s generous support, the Meaning of Home contest has raised over $1 million to build homes across Canada for families in need of decent and affordable housing.

In 2017, Eamer’s Corners Grade 5 student, River Doherty was announced as a runner up. River won a grant of $5,000 that went to help Habitat Cornwall continue to build hope and homes.

Three grand prize winners, one for each grade, will have the opportunity to direct a grant of $25,000 to a local Habitat for Humanity. Nine runners up will receive a grant of $5,000 to the Habitat build of their choice. For every contest entry, a donation of $10 will be made to that student’s local Habitat, ensuring every student can help build Habitat homes in their community.

“As a father and grandfather, I believe in the value of getting children involved in the community and teaching them even though they are young, they have the power to effect positive change,” said Mark Rodgers, Habitat for Humanity Canada President and CEO. “We need to empower youth to know that they can change this world for the better.”

The Meaning of Home contest is open to all Grades 4, 5 and 6 students across Canada. Submissions will be accepted online between January 7 and February 18, and winners will be announced in April. More information on how to enter, as well as details on prizing, can be found at www.meaningofhome.ca.

“As a founding sponsor of the Meaning of Home contest, we have seen its positive impact grow year after year” says Stuart Levings, President and CEO of Genworth Canada.  “By encouraging students to become more engaged, we are teaching them to become more compassionate community members, all while educating them on the need for more affordable housing in Canada.  We are proud supporters of Habitat for Humanity and this contest, which is helping to raise awareness about affordable housing concerns amongst our future leaders.”

Habitat for Humanity Cornwall & The Counties

Since 1998, Habitat for Humanity Cornwall & The Counties has helped 13 families with 31 children break the cycle of poverty through affordable home ownership. Together with countless community partners and volunteers, Habitat Cornwall builds safe, affordable homes which local Partner Families are able to purchase with an interest free mortgage.

For more information about how you can help or becoming a Habitat homeowner, visit www.habitatcornwall.org.

Habitat for Humanity Canada

Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national charitable organization working toward a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. With the help of volunteers, Habitat homeowners and 54 local Habitats working in every province and territory, we provide a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in Canada and around the world. Habitat for Humanity Canada is a member of Habitat for Humanity International, which was established in 1976 and has grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 70 countries. For more information, please visit www.habitat.ca.

Genworth Canada

Genworth MI Canada Inc. (TSX: MIC) through its subsidiary, Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance Company Canada (“Genworth Canada”), is the largest private residential mortgage insurer in Canada.  The Company provides mortgage default insurance to Canadian residential mortgage lenders, making homeownership more accessible to first-time homebuyers. Genworth Canada differentiates itself through customer service excellence, innovative processing technology and a robust risk management framework. For more than two decades, Genworth Canada has supported the housing market by providing thought leadership and a focus on the safety and soundness of the mortgage finance system.  As of September 30, 2018, Genworth Canada had $7.0 billion total assets and $4.0 billion total shareholders’ equity. Find out more at www.genworth.ca.

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