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Aiken County SC assistance programs.

There are a number of financial assistance programs in Aiken County that help struggling families or individuals. Locate grant money to help with back rent or utility bills or find how to get free groceries from a pantry. There are also low-income housing programs as well as clothes, vouchers to pay for gasoline and many other resources. Find details below.

Organizations that provide financial help

Two places to turn for support include the Community Ministry of North Augusta as well as the Aiken/Barnwell Community Action Commission, Inc. Both of these organizations offer a multitude of services and resources to low and moderate income families.

Assistance from Community Ministry of North Augusta is a faith based organization that help the poor, unemployed and struggling households. Known as CMONA for short, this non-profit organization was organized by six local churches - Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairview Presbyterian Church, Grace United Methodist Church, Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Second Providence Baptist Church and St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church.

Today, it is supported by over 20 member churches that are located in the North Augusta area as well as local businesses as well as private contributions and government funds. CMONA provides help with paying a variety of bills.

They offer grants for dealing emergencies that people may be faced with on a case-by-case basis. Assistance provided may take the form of funds for an overdue heating or utility bill, clothing or furnishings, purchasing prescription medications or providing food aid. Find other charity organizations.

Anyone applying for assistance needs to provide a valid photo I.D., Social Security card, proof of residence within the Area 2 school district and this information needs to be provided for each person in the household. CMONA will also refer clients to other social agencies and counseling as needed. For example, they can refer people to credit counselors. Read more on services for debt help.




A number of financial assistance programs as well as free basic needs are offered. For more information about CMONA's services and resources, call the agency at 803-279-5771.

Weatherization Programs

The Weatherization Assistance Program, which is administered by Aiken/Barnwell Community Action Commission, Inc will help people reduce their energy bills. It is aimed at low and moderate income families who live in the Aiken area. It will help them reduce their energy bills by installing cost-effective energy-efficiency measures. The program is free to qualified applicants.

The program is conducted and regulated in accordance with all of the policies and guidelines that were created by the State of South Carolina's Governor's Office of Economic Opportunity. Another partner on free energy conservation is the United States Department of Energy.

The bottom line is that the Aiken/Barnwell/Lexington Community Action Commission Inc. has operated a successful Weatherization Program for 30 plus years. Currently they are servicing 9 counties in South Carolina, including Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Greenville, Hampton, Lexington, and Richland Counties. Contact the agency at 291 Beaufort Street, Aiken, SC, or call them at (803) 648-6836.

Free dental care in Aiken South Carolina

Aiken Technical College offers the "Give Kids a Smile” program. Call  (803) 508-7328. Dozens of students of all ages (as well as kids) each year get their teeth cleaned and other dental services for free. It can help low-income as well as uninsured Aiken County families. Dental hygienists and volunteer dentists began a procedure of providing the children with a thorough cleaning, followed by screening from the dentists, to ensure that longer term solutions were put into place. Find other ways to get help help with dental bills.

Students at the college provide assistance as needed and they are also observed by the hygienists as well as highly trained dentists. In addition, a group of health science students from the Aiken County Career and Technology Center also coordinated games and other fun activities for children while they waited to see a hygienist or a dentist, so kids are entertained as they wait for their cleaning.





Rental assistance, funds for utilities and other financial aid

St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church. Some of the assistance offered can include gasoline vouchers (very limited), free food every 6 months, and prescription medications. Utility bill assistance is offered for propane, gas, electric and even water bills. Location is 219 York St. SE, Aiken, South Carolina 29801, call (803) 649-4777 or (803) 642-3211

The Aiken Salvation Army accepts appointments by appointment only. The non-profit agency provides one or more of the following.

  • Prescription expense assistance for antibiotics.
  • Christmas and Thanksgiving assistance – Includes community meals and the Angel Tree Program. Toys for Tots Christmas gifts are also distributed.
  • Limited funds for rent and mortgage payments.
  • Food pantry and clothing closet.
  • Programs for seniors, and a center for people over 55.
  • Money for utility bills.
  • Students from K - 12 can get free back to school supplies, backpacks, and even dental checks to prepare for the school year.

Call (803) 641-4141 or (803) 641-4149. The address is 322 Gayle Ave NW, Aiken, SC 29801.

Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Center provides a host of programs for the low income, unemployed, and qualified people. Assistance for Christmas gifts for children. Seniors over 60 can get meals from a brown bag program. Access education and job training including computer classes, English as a Second Language classes, and GED classes. Financial aid may be offered for prescriptions and energy bills. 2443 Augusta RD, Gloverville, South Carolina 29828, call (803) 593-2623

Midlands churches - There are several in Aiken County and the region. The faith based group can sometimes help with basic needs. This can include clothing, Christmas items, or free food. A shelter programs known as Clean of Heart is for the evicted. Also, churches may have referrals to places for government grants or financial aid in Aiken County. Click here for more details on Midland SC churches.

Area Churches Together Serving is located at 340 Park AVE SW, Aiken, SC 29801. Phone number is (803) 642-5919. The religious center offers clothing, food and groceries, furniture assistance to house fire survivors, prescription expense assistance, senior food program, grants for utilities, heaters and box fans, and also medical expense assistance for dental extraction work and eyeglasses.

Find free food from pantries and charities. Or residents of Aiken can always apply for partial assistance from federal government programs such as SNAP food stamps. Some of the leading pantries include the following.

  • Golden Harvest Food banks gives referrals to pantries, soup kitchens and other charities. Call 706.736.1199..
  • Community Ministry in North Augusta, SC - Dial (803) 279-5771.

There are other organizations as well. Learn about free Thanksgiving and Christmas meals or gifts, home delivery for seniors, and other support. Locate additional Aiken County food pantries.

Aiken Telamon Corporation (Migrant Services) is a non-profit that runs programs for seasonal farm workers and migrant workers. Meet with a social worker for assessment of education and skill levels. Housing and rent help from temporary or permanent housing opportunities. Energy and utility bill payment assistance programs. Job training and referrals, as well as emergency/crisis financial aid for bills and basic needs. 127 Greenville St., SW Aiken, South Carolina 29801, telephone 864-313-8561





In addition to the services indicated above, the Aiken Barnwell Community Action Commission runs several other resources for the low income, poor, and unemployed in the community. Most of them are funded by the CSBG grant program.

The non-profit community action agency may offer those facing a crisis with help from General Emergency Assistance, funds for paying rent or security deposits, and other aid. Or call them for information on social services such as assistance for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers or Career Resources. Click more Aiken Barnwell Community Action Commission programs.

By Jon McNamara

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