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Chesterfield, Marlboro County assistance programs.

Find information on several different non-profit charity organizations and churches that operate in the community. These groups can provide a variety of assistance and refer people to numerous programs. Get free or low cost health care, funds for utility bills, rent or government assistance, and other forms of emergency financial aid. there may also be free stuff given in the Marlboro and Chesterfield region, including food; school supplies; health and dental care; money for security deposits; and even Christmas toys.

Salvation Army - This non-profit agency serves residents of several counties in the area, including Marlboro and Chesterfield. Among the programs, resources, and services offered include:

  • Food assistance - Access a pantry for free food, and get information on government programs. Note that if you are receiving food stamps you can’t qualify.
  • Rent assistance - Funds, grants, and information can help families and individuals who have an eviction notice.
  • Utility and cooling bill assistance - If you have received a disconnection notice from your energy company you may qualify for aid.
  • Thrift store - Get low cost household items such as furniture, personal hygiene items, and much more.
  • Seasonal help such as Angel Tree Christmas toy program, free back to school supplies, and well as winter shelter, soup kitchens, and even adult rehabilitation.

The Salvation Army is not a charity organization. Client and applicants to the programs need to have some type of income, whether it is a full or part time job, they may be self employed, receiving disability, etc. in order to receive grants or financial assistance. They also must be able to document a hardship or a reduction in their income. Dial (843) 662-4461.





Harvest HOPE Food Bank - Pee Dee Branch - This food banks serves the needy in the local community. The center is a regional distribution program that does all of the following, including collecting, storing, and distributes food and related items to qualified agencies. They partner with local churches, charities, and other food banks in your immediate town. (843) 661-0826

HopeHealth, Inc. - This is a free or low cost community clinic that is currently providing comprehensive primary health care and medical services to any person in need, regardless of their income of type of insurance they have. Read more on community clinics. (843) 667-9414

State and federal government assistance is available. It is wide ranging and assists everyone from the elderly to disabled, families in poverty, and underemployed. Much of it is time sensitive and also requires employment as well as well-sufficiency. But it is an option for struggling residents. More on financial help from the government.

Chesterfield-Marlboro Economic Opportunity Council, Inc. - This is the community action agency for the local region. A wide variety of low to moderate income assistance programs and other aid is offered. The organization provides gently used new or free clothing, low cost or free food, prescription medication expense assistance, housing and rent assistance, cooling and utility bill assistance, as well as weatherization assistance for saving money on utility bills..

Much of the aid is part of General Assistance, and the agency can use a combination of loans and other funds for helping the low income with security deposits and other housing expenses. Clients of CMEOC can also attend job placement at the Robert Smalls Family Center or even receive free help in filing their taxes. The resources available in the Chester County region are extensive.




Counselors at the facility will also counsel low income residents to help them become self-sufficient over the long term. To learn more, call (843) 320-9760. the agency is located at Cheraw South Carolina, or find help from Chesterfield-Marlboro Economic Opportunity Council.


By Jon McNamara

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