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Keys to success

Habitat Detroit recently got a big boost from General Motors CEO Dan Akerson. Akerson and his wife have provided the cornerstone funds for Leaders to Rebuild Detroit, a three-year Habitat initiative focusing on the revitalization of the Morningside Commons neighborhood, near GM headquarters. To garner awareness and support, Akerson auctioned his 1958 Corvette hardtop convertible, raising $270,000 for Habitat Detroit.


The power of words

A sixth-grader’s poem about being grateful for what she has recently translated into $60,000 for Habitat for Humanity Manitoba. Genworth Canada’s annual Meaning of Home essay contest is open to students in grades 4, 5 and 6. The winner chooses a Habitat affiliate to receive a $60,000 grant, an honor that this year belongs to Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Chaamindri Fernando.

Changing My Life

I share a room with my brother
but I should have my own
He always makes a mess

But I changed my mind when I knew…
you slept on the road side benches
shivering in the cold
sometimes wet in the rain.

I want a new shirt, in a store
I cry and cry for that one
I like it because it’s purple

But I changed my mind when I knew…
you were wearing grubby, torn clothes
too big for you
given to you by some stranger

“I want pizza today”
I scolded my mom
“With lots of cheese and pepperoni”

But I changed my mind when I knew…
you were begging for food
you had stale bread and water

“I want to play soccer”
“Playing tag is boring”
I was fighting with my friends

But I changed my mind when I knew…
you didn't have a ball, a net
or even a playground to play on

I share a room with my little brother that I love
I'm grateful for what I have
I never grumble
I eat what my mother made with love
I wear what I have

Thank you for changing my life
Maybe I will try to change yours

Genworth Canada also makes $5,000 available for five runners-up to direct to their affiliate of choice. Additionally, the company donates $5 per entry. Since the contest began in 2007, the Meaning of Home has resulted in approximately $570,000 in grants to more than 30 Habitat affiliates across Canada.


Positive impact

Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity recently released a community impact report, which studied six neighborhoods in which the affiliate has been working. Using indicators like crime rates, economic impact and community support, the report shows the many ways Dallas Habitat is improving communities. In 2011-2012, Dallas Habitat’s construction work in the six neighborhoods had a local economic impact of $17.5 million. Each of the six communities in the study also experienced dramatic decreases in crime.


Hospitality for Habitat

Travelers in Maine this spring have a chance to save some money and donate to Habitat at the same time. More than two dozen inns around Maine are taking part in the Maine Innkeepers Association’s 10th annual Hospitality for Habitat fundraising program. Between April 22 and May 24, 2013, participants will offer a designated number of their rooms at half the regular rate, in exchange for a $35 check payable to Habitat for Humanity. Since it began, the program has raised more than $100,000 for Habitat affiliates across the state.