Georgetown County South Carolina assistance programs.

In an effort to help low income families, the churches, charities, and government assistance programs below are available. They offer financial help to pay rent or utility bills. Or a family can get free food from a pantry in Georgetown County, grants to pay their mortgage or security deposit, or even free medical or dental care. Find a number of resources around employment, credit or debt counseling as well as other social services.

Find how to get help with rent, utility bills, medications, and free food

Helping Hands of Georgetown, Inc. - This is one of the leading non-profit agencies in the area. Some of the primary assistance programs they run will provide free food, clothing, groceries and access to a food pantry, help for utility bills, home fuel, and heating bills, prescription expense assistance housing and rent assistance, and other forms of aid. Georgetown SC (843) 527-3424. Read more.

The Georgetown County Salvation Army can be reached at (843) 527-4479. They administer several programs on their own, and also partner with nearby non-profit organizations and charities. The non-profit agency provides, among other resources, clothes, administration volunteer opportunities, disaster/emergency services volunteer opportunities, access to a food pantry, prescription expense assistance and medications, they operate an on site thrift shop, and may be able to provide limited utility bill assistance. In general, the Salvation Army is usually a great place to ask for help, and to learn about other local and/or government programs, charities, and other options.

Waccamaw Economic Opportunity Council, Inc. is the local non-profit community action agency for Georgetown County, South Carolina. Programs include:

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) - This is a federal government funded assistance program that provides advice and energy conserving assistance to low income to help them with reducing household energy consumption and their utility bills by applying energy conservation measures to the applicants home.

Project Share - This is a local, nonfederal program which helps people pay energy bills. The program currently consists of subscriber, donations and corporate assistance from Progress Energy, Santee Electric Cooperative, and SCE&G. The funds are used to supplement LIHEAP, and can help people catch up on utility bills and/or avoid a disconnection.





Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) - This option is a federal government funded utility bill assistance program that provides emergency and non-emergency household energy and heating bill assistance, as well as aid for summer cooling bills.

Other services that may be available include Employment and Housing, General Emergency Assistance, and Youth Employment.

Call the Waccamaw Economic Opportunity Council, Inc., which has an office in Georgetown SC, at (843) 234-4100. Or click here.

Another leading non-profit is the Coastal/Anthuan Maybank Salvation Army . They have one major office in the area that supports the coastal region. A number of social services and emergency assistance is offered from volunteers and case managers. Some examples are below.

  • Housing and homeless prevention. This includes funds for paying rent, security deposits, and utility or air conditioning bills. The currently homeless can access shelter and transitional housing.
  • Basic needs such as food and clothing can be provided to low income Georgetownfamilies, including seniors and children. Back to school items such as backpacks are offered by the Salvation Army.
  • Holiday assistance, including Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas meals such as free Turkeys and side toppings.
  • Get help in applying for government aid, such as SNAP food stamps or the low income energy assistance program known as LIHEAP. Many state of South Carolina and federal government resources can help the poor and unemployed.
  • A free food pantry and thrift store are open to the public. Clothing, furniture, household goods, and more may be sold or available.
  • Read more on services available.

Non-profit clothing banks and thrift stores can provide basic needs. Resource range from clothing to Christmas gifts, toys, and assistance. Some household items, such as low cost furniture, may be provided. Other goods in the Georgetown County South Carolina region include personal hygiene items, school supplies, and professional clothes for interview. Read Georgetown clothing closets.

Pee Dee Catholic Charities is made up of local churches and organizations that can help the low income in Georgetown. They operate several services, ranging from a regional medical clinic to linkage to food pantries and more.

While there may be some financial aid or maybe grants available for expenses such as utilities or rent, any funds will be limited. More likely a client will be provided a referral to a local government program or some other agency based in Georgetown County. More on Pee Dee Catholic Charity programs.





Food and meal assistance programs - There are a few different places to try in Georgetown County. There are local food pantries as well as soup kitchens. Some parts of the county can also be covered by Meals on Wheels. Both year round and holiday meal programs run, so this means that a low income family can also get help at Christmas. Find toys, meals, groceries, and more at Georgetown County food pantries.


By Jon McNamara

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