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Assistance programs Columbia County Georgia.

Financial help, case management, and free items are available in Columbia County Georgia. Find where to go for assistance with utility bills, housing, food and more. Below is a list of charities, church groups, government assistance (including from DCFS) and non-profits. Qualified low income families may be given a grant to help pay their utility bills or a rent or security deposit payment.

There is also free food from pantries and medical care from clinics, gas vouchers, and free job training programs for adults among other programs. Youth can also get free school supplies or laptops as well as Christmas gifts or toys in Martinez, Appling and Columbia County GA during the proper season(s). All the financial assistance programs and free items listed below can help low income families in Columbia County.

Emergency financial assistance for paying bills

People who need help in Columbia County Georgia turn to the local community action agency, which is the Central Savannah River Area Economic Opportunity Authority, Inc. (CSRA). They offer the following services, and can also direct people towards other programs and charities. Call them at (706) 722-0493.

  • Neighborhood Service Centers (NSCs) are run by the CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority, Inc's. These centers are scattered around the county, and they provide emergency financial assistance to meet the urgent needs as well as a crisis that may be faced by low-income families or individuals. Some of what they offer includes the following.
    The Community Action Agency may provide free food aid, rent help and eviction prevention programs, utility bill assistance, landlord mediation, personal care and household items, and resource locating/referrals to other local charities as well as government programs. They are also a source for referrals to government grant programs for security deposits or medical needs.
  • Prescription assistance is available as well. Another program offered by CSRA will help people get medications and prescription drugs. It provides free or low cost medications for uninsured and underinsured participants who meet certain agency and pharmaceutical company guidelines. Find other ways to get free prescription drugs.




  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) applications can be processed by CSRA. This is a federal government funded program that helps supplement the diets of low-income needy persons, including disabled, elderly people, and children. The government will work to provide them with emergency food and nutrition assistance as well as groceries.
  • The Georgia Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) as well as weatherization is a financial aid service. Federal government grants fund this assistance program from Central Savannah River Area Economic Opportunity Authority. It will help low and moderate income households with paying their home energy and air conditioning bills. It is great that the LIHEAP program can help you stay warm in the winter and also stay cool during the summer.
  • Lower your energy bills from weatherization. Columbia County Georgia families can save hundreds of dollars per year from the Georgia Weatherization Assistance Program’s (WAP). This offering provides free energy conservation measures and upgrades (such as insulation, air conditioning repairs, insulation, etc) to income eligible households.

When you seek help, you will be assigned to a staff member who will coordinate and establish links to social service programs to assure effective delivery of services. They also help people in Columbia County GA and Martinez with employment needs, and find free job training programs for adults. This support is offered for the low-income population as well as others who may be struggling.

Please remember that some services and programs are only offered when funds or items are available. In some cases, the community action agency may issue a loan for certain bills or rental expenses. Also, some services may not be available in all areas of Columbia County.

For more information and how to get emergency assistance, call the Central Savannah River Area Economic Opportunity Authority, Inc. at 706-722-0493., to be directed to the Neighborhood Service Center for your area. Or find information on Central Savannah River Area Economic Opportunity Authority programs.





Free basic needs can be met by clothing closets as well as furniture banks. The entire region is served by churches, charities, and non-profits that distribute items to Appling Georgia low income and poor families. Some of what may be provided includes free general clothes, holiday assistance, shoes, furniture for a home or apartment, and more.

The charitable clothing banks also give students free uniforms for school, supplies, Chromebooks and other items. Many locations also have social workers and volunteers on site that can provide referrals as well. Click here for details on free clothes, furniture, and school items in Augusta GA region.

First Baptist Church of Columbia County (Augusta) can be called at (706) 733-2236 is a charity that provides assistance (including funds or free stuff) for low income families with a variety of services. This can include limited emergency financial assistance (rent or utilities), food, hot meals, clothes, and other resources. The Baptist Church is at 3500 Walton Way Ext, Augusta, GA 30909.

Mosaic United Methodist Church is . 478 Columbia Industrial Blvd., Evans, Georgia 30809. Call (706) 650-9187.

Regional Salvation Army services provide support too. Most of the funding in Columbia County is part of Project Share of DFCS, and there may be money for utilities or rent. Other basic needs, such as school supplies, food, or Christmas help (from Adopt a Family or Angel Tree) may also be provided.

The financial assistance is combined with case management. That ranges from employment counseling for under employed Columbia County residents to help applying for benefits, drug or alcohol abuse counseling and other support. More on Salvation Army programs in Columbia County Georgia.

Fellowship Baptist Church runs a food pantry that may have groceries, meals, and other resources. Location is 670 E. Robinson Ave., Grovetown, GA 30813. (706) 860-6357

New Heights Community Church, located in Grovetown, may also have free food, clothing, or meals (706) 863-0355.

Miracle Making Ministries is at 1127 Druid Park, Augusta, GA 30904. They also support Columbia County. There is grant money, funds for utility or electric bills, and free basic needs. There are also clothes, furniture programs, and maybe a few dollars for rent. Dial (706) 736-6394

Rent and housing programs can stop homelessness. There are federal government ESG grants, housing programs for single moms or veterans, and legal aid among other tools available. Low to moderate income tenants with an eviction notice can apply for rent help or the homeless can seek security deposit assistance from rehousing programs. More on Columbia County rental assistance.

Columbia County free holiday programs - During September through November several organizations have application processes for both Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance. Based on donation levels and the commitment of volunteers, qualified low income families can get free food, Christmas toys, presents for a child, and other help at the holidays. Read Columbia County Georgia free Christmas assistance programs.





Columbia County, and the region, is supported by many churches. They help the low-income, poor, homeless, transient individuals and struggling. Whether it is a box of free food, some clothes, a place to sleep for a night, or a little money to pay rent or utility bills, they try to assist. All faiths can be supported. Find churches that help with utility bills or rent.

Columbia County DFCS, or Division of Family & Children Services, processes public assistance and government aid. Examples of what may be offered by the government agencies includes the following.

  • -SNAP food stamps, including the emergency benefits.
  • -Applications to Medicaid, Medicare, disability, and CHIP insurance.
  • -Financial and government aid for paying bills, including cash. This is a time limited resource. More on emergency cash assistance in Georgia.
  • -A wide variety of case management services, home care, elderly services and more.

All of these are income based programs. They are generally for the very low income, unemployed, and people going through a short term crisis. The DCFS office is at 6358 Columbia Road, Appling, GA 30802. Dial  (706) 541-1640.

Food banks, free pantries, and distribution centers

There are dozens of free food pantries as well as soup kitchen in the Columbia County Georgia community. Some are listed below, but that is not all of them. If you are a senior citizen seeking a home delivered meal, a working poor family needing free groceries or household supplies, then call an agency below. Or find more Columbia County food pantries.

Columbia County Cares, Inc. is a non-profit that distributes formula/baby food, diapers, food pantry, and  incontinence supplies. Address is 1959 Appling-Harlem Rd., Appling, GA 30802. Main number is (706) 541-2834.

Steiner Grove Baptist Church – The food pantry from this church can assist the poor in Grovetown. Bags of food, fruits, vegetables and more may be offered. Dial (706) 863-1489.

United We Care administers a food bank/distribution center. The center may be able to help in a crisis, including assistance for seniors and children. 101 Newmantown Rd., Grovetown, Georgia 30813. Call (706) 854-8852 for intake.







Harlem Attic Treasures of Harlem operates a thrift store with clothing, household goods, furniture, and more. The agency also passes out donated breads when available. (706) 556-6656.

Central Church Of Christ has a free food pantry with limited capacity. The charity will also have seasonal support, and this may include free holiday meals, hygiene supplies, free or low cost school supplies, Christmas gifts/meals, and other social services. The church is at 3650 River Watch Parkway, Martinez, GA 30907. Call (706) 855-0801

Those are just some of the resources available to low income families. There are also USDA services, including free school meals for kids and SNAP food stamps. Find more details on the Georgia free food programs from pantries.

Columbia County Georgia free health centers

Eye exams, tests, and glasses are always in need. Several national and local Columbia County charities or non-profits may assist. Several clinics are listed below. In addition to those, patients there are Lion Club locations, volunteer optometrists, even some financial aid from Medicaid or Medicare. Learn more on free eye exam and glasses programs.

Faithcare Medical Clinic operates at Wesley United Methodist Church. This non-profit health center will work to offer both ongoing primary medical care and acute minor illness to those who do not have reasonable financial access to their own affordable quality healthcare. 635 Ronald Reagan Dr., Evans, Georgia 30809. Dial (706) 829-2584.

Project Access of Columbia County is an indigent clinic for clients age 19 to 64. The phone number is (706) 733-5177. The charity has free medications, check ups, and basic medical care. There is also information on affordable health insurance, including from Obamacare. (affordable care act).

Columbia County Health Department offers public health care to the population that qualify. Also processes Medicaid and Medicare coverage. Additional health care related services are available to the uninsured and low income. Call (706) 868-3330 to make an appointment at the Grovetown medical center.

Foreclosure prevention services in Columbia Georgia

In order to help stop people from losing their homes, the Foreclosure Prevention Program will assist homeowners in working with their bank or lender. The goal of the foreclosure program is to explore all loan modifications and workout options due to delinquent payments or a financial hardship that someone may be experiencing.

A trained housing counselor will be assigned to work with the borrower, and they will assist the homeowner in gathering all pertinent information required by the lender for most workout options or other solutions. Workout options that can be put into place can include repayment plans, loan modifications, special forbearance, deed-in-lieu, and mortgage principal reduction.





Unfortunately there is no quick answer, and while the process of arriving at and formalizing a solution can take quite some time, you do have a chance of experiencing success. However the foreclosure counselors and the program have been very successful helping homeowners keep the dream of homeownership alive and help the person stay in their residence. Call there for additional options as well. Read more on services for mortgage help.

The Foreclosure Prevention Program is not limited to low income people and is not constrained by poverty guidelines which means all homeowners qualify for assistance from it. They can receive budget counseling and help eliminating debt from it as well as. Last, but not least, if necessary, limited free legal counseling provided by Georgia Legal Services can be offered.


By Jon McNamara

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