Financial assistance programs from Helping Hand.
The less fortunate and low income can contact North Strand Helping Hand or related centers in Georgetown and other areas. The non-profit is an emergency assistance organization that provides a number of services and assistance programs in Myrtle beach as well as Georgetown and Horry County.
While qualifications will need to be met by applicants, the organization provides a number of emergency assistance programs to the needy and low income. Examples of the services are below, however a number of other emergencies may be supported too.
- Utility bill assistance is offered in order to help prevent a shut off of an individual’s water or electric service. Or get referrals to other programs such as LIHEAP. Propane/kerosene for seniors may be distributed.
- Bus tickets – This can include vouchers for shorter trips in the Myrtle Beach and the Horry County area. Tickets can be provided for social services, doctor appointments, and job interviews. From time to time more long distance transportation and vouchers for tickets can be provided for people to get home.
- Gas Cards can pay for gasoline for emergencies such as a job interview or medical emergency.
- Emergency rental assistance – If you are faced with an eviction, Helping Hand may have resources for you.
- Prescription drug vouchers for needed medications, especially the senior population in the Myrtle Beach area.
- General financial assistance can pay for minor automobile repair, birth certificates, tires on your car, ID cards, and similar needs.
- Food Pantry is available for those in need. Every year thousands of families of all religions and backgrounds receive non-perishable food items. Some of the primary recipients include Hispanics, Locals & Transients, Men & Women, Families, Black, White & many others.
Other more seasonal programs operate in Horry and Georgetown Counties. These special services will help seniors, the low income, homeless, and others. Services include Christmas Gifts for children, free Back-to-School supplies, and help for seniors too. Special holiday programs administered include Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter meals and gifts/toys for children.
The United Way supports and partners with many of the Helping Hand locations. Together these non-profit organizations respond to the emergency needs of the elderly, senior citizens, the less fortunate and even the homeless. They provide assistance to help with basic needs and the essentials of life, such as free food, used clothing and furniture, prescription drugs, bus tickets, and cooling bills. If Helping Hand can’t meet your needs, they will try to refer you to other programs and organizations in Georgetown or Myrtle Beach South Carolina.
As indicated, Helping Hand offers referrals to other agencies. Some examples of them include those below. Or dial (843) 448-8451.
- Shelter and housing for people who were evicted is provided by Street Reach Ministries: 1005 Oceola St., 626-3643 or Myrtle Beach Haven House: 975 Campbell St., 626-2427.
- For food and meals, call Community Kitchen at 1411, Mr Joe White Ave., dial 843-444-9383. Or try Street Reach Ministries, 509 9th Ave N, 843-448-5843.
- Job programs, employment services and work opportunities are available in Horry county SC at Labor Ready: 803 George Cox Blvd., 916-1233 as well as Able Body: 1109 N. Kings Hwy., phone 946-7453.
- Free or low cost medical care - Little River Medical Center: 1075 Mr. Joe White Ave., 839-2049, 839-2939 or call Friendship House: 1396 Hwy 544, Conway South Carolina, 347-7178.
- Clothing for work or school. Associated Charities: 742 8th Ave. N, 448-6321, First United Methodist Church: 901 N. Kings Hwy. (off 9th Ave. N.), 448-7164, or try Salvation Army: 212 N. Kings Hwy. (off 3rd Ave. N), call 946-7279.
- Housewares and Furniture is provided by any of these non-profits. Habitat for Humanity Resale Store: 1519 Executive Ave., 626-5577, Associated Charities: 742 8th Ave. N, 448-6321, or stop by the Salvation Army: 212 N. Kings Hwy. (off 3rd Ave. N), 946-7279.