Contest | Guaranteed Rate’s Ultimate Neighborhood Give Back WINNER

Guaranteed Rate's Ultimate Neighborhood Give Back WINNER |

After weeks of voting and hours of deliberation, Guaranteed Rate has finally picked the winner of their Ultimate Neighborhood Give Back Challenge. To see all of the amazing work that’s being done by community organizations from coast to coast is truly inspiring, so I encourage everyone to visit the full list of the top 50 projects submitted and find one in their area to support.

Now for the big announcement. Drumroll please…

Guaranteed Rate's Ultimate Neighborhood Give Back WINNER |

Congrats to Haywood Christian Emergency Shelter in Waynesville, N.C. on winning the grand prize of $50,000 and my help for a day. Local government agencies, churches and non-profit organizations are all coming together, and the plan is to convert an old prison in Haywood County into a soup kitchen, homeless shelter and halfway house. I can’t think of a better way to recycle the space, so I’m stoked to get over there and give the former prison an extreme makeover.

And now, a note from the president of Haywood Christian Emergency Shelter, Nick Honerkamp…

Winning this grand prize is going to allow us to change the landscape of care in western North Carolina. We’re so grateful to partner with Guaranteed Rate and Ty Pennington to help tell our story of how government and non-profits can work together to solve social problems in an innovative way.

The other finalists received $10,000 each to use towards their projects, which is a great start if you ask me. I wish everybody the best of luck! It would be cool to hear about the progress, so keep me posted on Twitter or Facebook. Lastly, I have to give a shoutout to my friends at Guaranteed Rate and the company’s CEO/president, Victor Ciardelli, for setting up this amazing challenge. Helping communities is what it’s all about, and I’m honored to be a part of this group of like-minded people.