Berkeley County South Carolina assistance programs.

There are several charities and non-profit agencies in Berkeley County South Carolina that help low income and other struggling individuals. Clients can get rent and security deposit assistance or grants to pay their mortgage or utility bills. There are also charities and pantries that give out free groceries, Christmas toys, hygiene supplies, or school supplies.

Non-profits and government cash assistance also involves debt as well as foreclosure counseling along with job training in Berkeley County. There are also disability assistance programs, transportation services, and other support in all regions including Monks Corner.

Salvation Army Berkeley County

This local non-profit agency has numerous programs for people in need of help. The main office is located in Moncks Corner. Among the different options and services that are available include:

  • An on site food pantry for free fund
  • Emergency assistance for paying rent and providing funds to prevent evictions
  • Funding for paying utility and electric bills
  • Grants for medicines and prescription drugs

While the funds they have available are limited and distributed on a first come first serve basis, you can contact the Salvation Army at (843) 761-8626 for help.

Financial assistance

Another local organization is Tricounty Family Ministries. The agency is a local not-for-profit agency that serves people of all religions and faiths. They are an ecumenical ministry that can help by offering the following types of assistance. Free food, clothing, prescription medications, medical care, counseling, transportation, rent and housing assistance, or shelter.





There is also financial assistance for a variety of bills including utility, and other vital services and resources to the less fortunate in the Tricounty and Berkeley County area. Tricounty Family Ministries offers a safe, compassionate, and inviting place for all people in need of assistance. Call 747-1788 for information, or find more details on assistance from Tricounty Family Ministries.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Charleston is located in Goose Creek, SC, at the Naval Weapons Station, Bldg. 717, 1004 Jefferson Ave. Extension. Phone number is (843) 764-7662. This agency may be able to provide grants, interest-free loans, or both to help people in an emergency. The loans or grants can be used to pay for rent and utilities for military personnel, medical or dental bills, food, transportation, and funeral expenses. Many emergencies are covered.

Berkeley Electric Cooperative offers utility bill assistance for its customers. Operation Roundup can provide up to $2500 for emergency expenses, however ironically the money can’t be paid towards utilities. There is an extensive application and approval process that needs to be met and reviewed. Get help buying and installing water heaters from the H2O Advantage rebate program. Farmers and Merchants Bank also works with Berkeley Electric Cooperative and the Service Partner Network to offer an Energy Advance Loan. This will help finance energy improvements from large appliances and heating/cooling systems to storm doors. 551 Rembert C. Dennis Blvd., Moncks Corner, SC 29461, dial 761-8200

Salvation Army Service Unit of Berkeley County is based out of a center at 203 White St., Moncks Corner, South Carolina 29461, telephone (843) 761-8626. The non-profit provides financial assistance with paying for or obtaining food, clothing, rent, or utilities. There are restrictions of course, including no food assistance is offered if someone is receiving food stamps, and rent assistance is only offered 5 days from due date, due now, or if someone has an eviction notice. They also offer parents with kids free school supplies, clothes (for children or the kid) and even free back to school supplies. Learn more on Salvation Army Berkeley County assistance programs.





Call the Salvation Army on the first of the month for financial assistance information as aid is limited. All programs operate on first come, first serve basis. Also, clients need to have some form of income in order to get help. They are a great place for referrals to programs including utilities, housing, and medical assistance.. Click here for information on South Carolina electric bill assistance.

Dorchester County free back to school assistance - In general children under the age of 15 can be given help. Many churches and charities (such as the Salvation Army) collect uniforms, school supplies and more. They give them to needed families, often in partnership with stores such as Wal-Mart or Dollar Tree. Continue with Back to School assistance programs.

Free Christmas meals, toys, gifts, games, and more are also passed out. Whether it is Toys for Tots, or another programs, children can often get a free gift. There may be dolls, games, trucks for boys, and much more available. Click here for information on Charleston SC area free Christmas assistance.

Human Services Commission of Charleston region provides support to Berkeley County as well. They offer a number of resources ranging from utility assistance from Project Share and other programs to emergency rental assistance and homeless prevention. The non-profit, government affiliated organization is one of the leading places to contact. Other aid may be food, Youth Education, loans for housing needs such as repairs, and information on job training. Click here more information Human Service Commission assistance programs.

World Overcomers Ministries can access to a food pantry, a voucher to Goodwill for clothing, and will also offer referrals for eligible individuals to ShelterNet for rental and utility assistance, when money is available. Call (843) 746-5180, or learn more on assistance from World Overcomers Ministries.

Telamon Corporation of Trident SC. Call for employment assistance, job training, Immigrant Benefits Assistance, housing and rent programs, and bus fare. Call (843) 574-1864

Berkeley area clothes, school and Christmas programs - Find information on local churches as well as charities that help low income families and children. The non-profit offer free clothing, household supplies, and seasonal services too. Read Berkeley area free clothing centers and school supplies.

Free medical or dental care including assistance with bills - Berkeley County families can have their healthcare needs met. There are free community clinics, patient assistance programs, and other resources available. Some clinics even focus on common ailments, including diabetes.

Clinics and medical facilities are all across the Tri-County region. Most are free to use. Locate free community clinics in South Carolina.




Emergency eviction assistance - Income qualified families as well as the homeless can seek help. Agencies support the region, including Berkeley County. They can direct a tenant to legal aid, review housing discrimination laws, and place a person into a shelter among other services. Some limited financial help for rent arrears or a deposit may be available using government grants. Click more details Charleston tri-county area eviction help.

East Cooper Community Outreach Programs is located across the county line in Mount Pleasant. Call them at (843) 849-9220 x1. Ongoing services provided by the non-profit include education and counseling, medical, dental, and prescription drug assistance. Emergency financial assistance is offered for addressing financial needs, including food, clothing, and household furnishings. Resources offered in Berkeley County South Carolina include:

  • A Benefit Bank, which can help people apply for Children's Health Insurance program, SNAP (food stamps), TANF, Medicaid, and FAFSA. Also get referrals to appropriate community agencies and non-profits.
  • Basic needs are provided for, such as meals, food, and clothing.
  • Medical needs administered include a health and dental clinic, prescription assistance for those with no health insurance, and transportation assistance to doctor appointments. Read more on free medications.
  • Job training and educational opportunities, such as GED and "Getting Ahead" classes for ages 22 or older.

Catholic Charities - The local branch of the national organization works to help the least fortunate and poor. Some of the region programs from the Diocese include medical and dental care for the low income. There may be assistance for basic needs, such as referrals to rental, low income housing or security deposit programs. Other services in Berkeley County include a Wellness Clinic, referrals, and more. Continue with Coastal Catholic Charities.

Centers that distribute food - Dozens of centers, including pantries and churches in Berkeley County, pass out free boxes of food to residents. There are also surplus USDA commodities, applications to SNAP food stamps for very low income families, senior centers, and Meals on Wheels services. Find a listing of free food pantries in Berkeley County.

Religious groups, faith based churches, and parishes help struggling families too. There are many options in Berkeley County. They can give free stuff, some emergency funds, and maybe a box of food, clothes, and more. Find a list of Charleston area church assistance programs.

Free income tax preparation

The Trident United Way partners with volunteers to offer the Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. This program provides free tax help and preparation to low to and moderate-income families in the Berkeley County area. In addition, the VITA program also provides free financial counseling and other advice to help you put your tax return to good use. The program employs certified volunteers as well as professionals who will prepare your taxes at no charge and most locations also offer free electronic filing. Contact the Berkeley County United Way at (843) 761-6033.





Community Action Agency

The local community action agency, the Berkeley/Dorchester Counties Economic Development Corporation provides emergency funds, cash grants, and other forms of assistance to low income, elderly, the disabled, and others. The money they provide will help qualified applicants with paying for their home utility bills and costs, pay for rent, provide clothing, housing, rent help, free food and even emergency funding for medical expenses and prescriptions to income eligible families and individuals. Dial (843) 761-8244.

Employment services

If you need help finding a job, or getting back on your feet, the Berkeley/Dorchester Counties Economic Development Corporation may be able to help here as well. They administer a job training program and a computer training center. Counselors are also on site and can help people find a job. The main reason for this service is the community action agency wants to reduce the underlying causes and conditions of poverty in the local geographical area.

Their main goal is to provide a nurturing environment in which low income and other struggling families can seek assistance that helps them to become less dependent upon government assistance or other local charity programs. Being helping someone find a job, they strive to give low and moderate income families a "hand up" in the direction of self-sufficiency. They are not intending to be a welfare program.  Find the phone number above under financial assistance. Or learn more on making money from working from home or job training.


By Jon McNamara

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