Haywood County has officially entered the Ultimate Neighborhood Giveback Challenge where the winning project could receive up to $50,000, and runners up will receive up to $10,000 per project.
The funds are available through the mortgage company Guaranteed Rate, and Ty Pennington, the host of the television hit “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Projects being sought for the next series involve those that will benefit a community.
Haywood’s project is the ongoing effort to renovate the former Hazelwood Prison to serve as a half-way house for those released from jail and to serve as an emergency shelter. Open Door Soup Kitchen will open a secondary location at the center as well to serve a greater portion of the community.
Part of the challenge involves an online Facebook voting effort. There are more than 100 projects under consideration, and many were entered in March when the ultimate challenge event started.
The online voting effort is 20 percent of the criteria to determine which projects are selected as the top six finalists. That effort ends June 9.
To help Haywood be the winner, go to Facebook and type in Guaranteed Rate. Click on the “Ultimate Neighborhood Giveback Challenge” icon to see all the projects and vote. Each Facebook user can only vote once, but all can share the voting site frequently to convince their friends to vote.