Find how to get help from your local community action agency, the Lower Columbia Community Action Council. This non-profit organization helps people with short term financial hardships, and provides grants and funds to help pay bills. At the same time, they have as one of their primary goals the determination to help people increase their income, and become self-sufficient over the long term.
You will find more information on the services and programs that the Lower Columbia Community Action Council offers, as well as who to contact for assistance.
The WorkSource Career Development Center was established with the goal of helping people find a job, increase their skills and income. The programs offered focus on helping people create a resume, provide networking skills, practice interviews, and help people develop an overall plan of attack to help them find a job. They also run on the job training programs.
The agency works closely with the federal government, state of Washington, and local utility companies to offer a multitude of energy assistance programs. Find information on government and local utility programs.
This is another service that is offered. Debt and credit counselors from the agency can help people improve their credit and get out of debt, including providing credit card help. Counselors will work one on one with the applicant to help them increase assets, improving saving habits, and manage their debt.
Counselors work directly with lenders and card issuers. They can even deal with medical bills and debts, and refer people to debt management plans. Click here to find other ways to address credit and debt issues, or call the agency for more information.
The Lower Columbia Community Action Council can be reached at (360) 425-3430.
Catholic Charities also supports western Washington state and Cowlitz County. The assistance programs and social services administered are wide ranging. They include basic needs such as shelter, free food, meals, and clothing. As funding allows, Catholic Charities may provide financial assistance in an emergency for expenses such as rent, medications, and utility bills. Most of this is provided by the Family Centers in Kelso and nearby areas. Case managers will also work with families on self-sufficiency, including job training and applications for government/public aid. Read more.
Longview based Salvation Army center offers social services and emergency support, though it is limited. Families living in poverty, but there are working towards stability, are often clients. The programs range from a free food pantry to grants for bills or paying rent as well as holiday help. Other support may also be provided, and continue Cowlitz County Salvation Army.
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