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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.

Children can also get help, including free Christmas gifts or toys, school supplies, meals, and food. There are even low income birthday gift programs for kids. Find a number of resources around employment, credit or debt counseling as well as other social services and emergency financial aid in Georgetown SC below.

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. The non-profit may also offer help for utility bills, home fuel, and heating bills, prescription expense assistance housing and rent assistance. Helping Hands works throughout the region, and they may also offer other forms of aid. The Georgetown South Carolina office is at (843) 527-3424. Read more on Helping Hands of Georgetown and Horry County.

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 as well as charities. The non-profit agency provides, among other resources, free clothes, school supplies, administration volunteer opportunities, and also disaster/emergency services. The Salvation Army also has access to a food pantry, prescription expense assistance or medications and free Christmas toys from Angel Tree.

They operate an on site thrift shop, and may be able to provide limited utility bill as well as back 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.

Career and educational supplies - Adults or students in Georgetown County can get the resources they need to either (1) go to school or (2) increase their job skills or find work. The Community Action Agency helps in various ways, including offering information on employment resources in South Carolina.

Other services that may be available include Employment and Housing, General Emergency Assistance, and Youth Employment. The community action agency in Georgetown County is involved in fighting poverty and helping people overcome their hardships.

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





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 Horry County Salvation Army social services.

Non-profit clothing banks, furniture banks and thrift stores can provide basic needs. Resource range from clothing to Christmas gifts, toys, and school supply items. Some household items, such as low cost or free 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 free furniture banks, school supplies and clothing closets.

Public assistance, state benefits, welfare and cash aid (among other programs) can help very low income families in Georgetown County. There is help for the unemployed, poor, families in poverty, elderly and others who have a low income. Options include Medicaid; Cash Aid/TANF; Medicare for seniors; SNAP food stamps; medications; daycare vouchers and more. Find public assistance programs near you.

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 food boxes, meals, groceries, and more at Georgetown County free food pantries.


By Jon McNamara

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