DAYTON, OH — ThankfulHome.org, a program of St. Mary Development Corporation, has launched a photo contest to allow people to share what they’re most thankful for in their homes. Photos can be of people, rooms or items — new or old. In addition to the photo, entrants can add a caption of up to 100 words. The contest ends Thanksgiving at midnight and the winner will receive a Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera.
“Our mission is to help people be thankful for their homes and help others find a decent place to live,” says Tim Bete, editor of ThankfulHome.org and communication director for St. Mary Development Corporation. St. Mary Development is southwest Ohio’s largest non-profit provider of high-quality, affordable housing. Over the past 21 years, they’ve created more than 2,400 housing units and prevented more than 1,000 foreclosures.
Contest entries can be submitted until Nov. 25, 2010 at http://contest.ThankfulHome.org. Visitors will vote on their favorite photos to determine the 10 finalists. Bete will judge the finalists and pick the winner, who will be announced on Dec. 3, 2010. Official rules can be found on the contest Web site.
ThankfulHome.org began in June 2010 as a place for people to share why they are thankful for their homes and talk about difficult housing situations they’ve faced (e.g., homelessness, unsafe conditions.) By connecting people who have decent housing with those who don’t, St. Mary Development hopes new innovative solutions to housing issues will emerge.