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Assistance programs in Allendale and Calhoun South Carolina.

The leading non-profit to call for help is probably the Salvation Army. A large number of financial assistance programs are offered in a limited quantity, as well as information, referrals, and counseling.

  • Cooling and energy bill assistance - Funds can help pay electric and/or gas bills. Propane is not offered.
  • Holiday and Christmas - Meals are offered around the holidays, and also the Angel Tree program. Toys for Tots offers Christmas gifts, and Thanksgiving meals are also provided.
  • Food banks and pantries - Get free government food, and learn about other South Carolina food pantries and banks.
  • Clothing closet - Gently used or new clothes. Provided for food or work reasons.
  • Housing - Limited funds can be used to pay a mortgage and/or rent.
  • Prescription expense assistance - Receive up to $50 for medications. Antibiotics only are distributed.
  • Resources are also for senior citizens and the homeless in the community.

Call the Calhoun and Allendale Salvation Army agency at (803) 641-4141, or click more information.

Calhoun-Allendale Community Action Agency, Inc. is the non-profit that wants to ensure people become self-sufficient, and also offers short term financial aid. The primary resource they offer is known as the Community Service Block Grant. This is sort of all encompassing, and can provide food, clothing, and emergency financial help. Other services provided are.

  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which is call LIHEAP for short, which offers heating and cooling assistance and repair, and free fans.
  • Head Start is offered for kids up to five years old.
  • Job training from the South Carolina and federal government Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
  • A food pantry is also part of the services they offer.
  • Senior programs - Receive information on government programs, insurance, and other resources for the elderly.

Call the Calhoun-Allendale Community Action Agency, Inc. at (803) 536-1027





Coastal Empire Community Mental Health Center, while mostly providing mental health care, can also refer patients to other health care providers and free dental and clinics in the region. Call them for referrals to both of these other types of medial providers, or for information on government programs. (803) 584-4636

The Community Action Agency known as OCAB oversees several federal government and state of South Carolina assistance programs. Low income Allendale County families, the elderly, disabled, and unemployed are some of the main clients. Call for information on, or to apply for, the following.

  • Utility bill assistance from programs such as LIHEAP.
  • The non-profit has information programs for children, including summer meals and Head Start.
  • Free fans for the elderly during hot months.
  • The unemployed can get information on job training and placement from the Workforce Investment Ac program.
  • Several other resources are available. Click here.




By Jon McNamara

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