This year, Habitat for Humanity International has again been honored with several communications awards for its public outreach. Habitat was recognized for excellence in print, video, Web publishing and social media strategy.
Habitat was honored with five EXCEL Awards  from Association Media & Publishing. These honors included gold and silver awards in the Web publishing general excellence and design excellence categories for the online edition of Habitat’s flagship publication, Habitat World . Habitat also received the gold award for social media  strategy in media innovation for its integration of free media tools such as Facebook , Twitter  and Instagram . In addition, Habitat received silver awards for its 2012 annual report  and the “After the storm”  blog post.
The short film “Part of the Change”  won the Audience Choice Award at the Thin Line Film Festival  in Denton, Texas. The film follows the story of 16 Vietnam War veterans as they participate in Habitat’s first-ever Veterans Build in Vietnam. The short film also was an official selection for the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, the GI Film Festival, the Corona Fastnet Film Festival and the Costa Rica International Film Festival.
Finally, Habitat received numerous honors during the 34th annual Telly Awards , which acknowledge the best in film and video productions, groundbreaking online video content, commercials and programs. The Habitat-produced video “A Global Village”  received the silver medal in the charitable/not-for-profit category, while three other Habitat productions — “Agents of Change,”  “Accessible for All”  and “Part of the Change”  — received a total of four bronze awards in the charitable/not-for-profit and videography/cinematography categories.
Habitat’s ability to reach out to volunteers, potential partner families and prospective donors is crucial to the success of our mission to build a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We thank the many groups that have recognized these efforts and the importance of our work through these honors.