meaning of home

Parents and teachers! The Meaning of Home contest is a unique and meaningful way to get your children involved in creative writing and giving back in their community.


Local Grade 5 and 6 students each win a $10,000 grant for Habitat for Humanity Manitoba!

Habitat for Humanity Canada has announced the winners in Meaning of Home, a national writing contest where children from across Canada share heartwarming poems and stories about what home means to them.

Grade 5 student Emily J. from Winnipeg wins a $10,000 grant for Habitat for Humanity Manitoba for her entryHome”.

She joins Grade 6 student Winter W, also from Winnipeg, who wins a $10,000 grant for Habitat Manitoba for her entryWhat home means to me”.

Habitat for Humanity Manitoba had a record-breaking number of entries totaling 2834 submissions across the provincesurpassing last year’s 2710 entries!  Everyone who entered earns a $10 donation to their local Habitat for Humanity with their submission. That means $28,340 was raised locally and it will be used towards the build of a new home for a low-income, working Habitat partner family.

“We are so grateful to all the students that entered the Meaning of Home contest across the province and a big thank you to the supportive teachers who encouraged them to take part,” says Jamie Hall, Habitat Manitoba’s CEO. “The power of your writing directly impacts the number of Habitat Partner families we serve through the homeownership program. Congratulations to the local runner up winners and the thousands of students who entered on raising $48,340 in total for Habitat Manitoba.”

how it works?

Parents and teachers! The Meaning of Home contest is a unique and meaningful way to get your children involved in creative writing and giving back in their community. Kids in grades 4, 5, and 6 can write an entry between 50 and 300 words about what home means to them in English or French. Entries can be submitted online, by mail, or by e-mail during the contest period. Grand prize winners receive a $30,000 grant for their local Habitat and runner-up winners receive $10,000 for their local Habitat, plus all winners receive a tablet for themselves and a pizza party for their class!


Since 2007, the Meaning of Home contest shares what home means to students in Grades 4, 5 and 6. This year, three grand prize winners and nine runners-up have joined over 12,000 students across Canada to raise $302,000 for Habitat for Humanity organizations across Canada through their entries. Three grand prize winners won a $30,000 grant to their local Habitat for Humanity organization. Runners-up have won a $10,000 grant for their local Habitat. Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone who entered and earned a $10 donation to their local Habitat for Humanity with their submission. There were a total of 2,710 entries from students across Manitoba! Visit the national Meaning of Home campaign website to learn more meaningofhome.ca

Jamie Hall, Habitat Manitoba’s CEO, speaks to Global Winnipeg News Morning about the 2024 Meaning of Home contest: //globalnews.ca/video/rd/af6f66a0-d0cd-11ee-9977-0242ac110005/?jwsource=cl