Belmont Community Organization assistance programs.

The faith based Belmont Community Organization provides support to needy families in certain parts of Gaston County. There are a number of assistance programs administered, both financial in nature and for more basic needs. Everything from food to money for paying bills, Christmas toys, and other assistance can be provided.

As noted, only a certain region is covered by the Belmont Community Organization. They include the city of Bremerton as well as Cramerton. The programs also extend to the area between Interstate 85 as well as the Catawba River. While every effort is made to provide help (including the resources below), the organization is always limited in resources.

The Belmont Community Organization offers seasonal assistance (at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and back to school) to relieve holiday stress and enable families to use their limited financial resources for basic needs and expenses, such as rent or utilities. Seasonal programs include one or more of those listed below.

There may be free Thanksgiving Baskets providing holiday enjoyment to families in need. Children can benefit from free School Supplies, and the Community Organization will provide items to ensure that school-aged children and teens have all they need to be successful during the school year. Last, but not least, the charity has the Sharing Christmas Program which has gifts, toys, food and general holiday cheer for area individuals, seniors, and families in Gaston County.

Individuals with pressing monetary needs can turn to the emergency financial assistance (EFA) program for support. Those who are approved as clients of BCO can use EFA to address a number of critical expenses. There may be one time funds for stopping utility-service termination and preventing an eviction. The non-profit may also have vouchers to help with the purchase of prescription medications, and cover expenses related to job training or new employment.

Belmont Community Organization can also alleviate other financial burdens, including first month’s rent payments such as security deposits. For those who are impacted by a potential loss of a job, there may be home or car repair, transportation and vouchers to pay for gasoline bills. The non-profit will also try to help pay for a portion of costs incurred by obtaining photo identification, birth certificates and similar items. Furthermore, Belmont Community Organization refers clients to additional community resources in Gaston County as well as cities such as Cramerton.





There are various items sold at the Belmont Community Organization thrift store, or some clients may be given a voucher to obtain goods. Many people who drop in to shop also may qualify for additional help from the food pantry, so they can in effect combine two stops by picking up a box of groceries too. If someone is going to use the pantry, they should bring their own boxes to pack the goods or they can of course bring a bag too.

Using these types of programs have major benefit to any struggling household. By shopping for items such as clothing or supplies for their children, it frees up the families income for more critical bills. Also, the food pantry can offer some either free (or low cost) boxes of food in a crisis. This too can make a big difference in a family making it through a difficult period.

BCO Job Screening is done by staff in partnership with Work Force Centers in Gaston County. Employment after all will help the client gain long term stability. The goal is as follows.
-Clients are given a practical, informative solution for their situation.
-They can learn about local educational resources.
-Employment needs are also addressed through skill building that will further each client’s employments prospects.
-People can learn about basic needs for the job, such as places for work clothing or transportation to an interview.

For more information on support from Belmont Community Organization, be sure to reside in the service area as noted above. For more information, dial (704) 825-4526, or the address is 91 Catawba St, Belmont, North Carolina 28012.



By Jon McNamara

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