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Macon County North Carolina assistance programs.

Resources and organizations that provide help with bills, expenses, job training, and more.

Two organizations that help Macon County residents are the Macon Program for Progress, Inc. and CareNet. Together they provide help for medical bills, job training, grants for utility bills, and much more. Some of the resources they offer include the following:

Food assistance, utility bills, and medical bills or debt help is offered. The organization CareNet offers food assistance for those individuals and families who need it in Franklin and Macon County. Each year the organization will generally support thousands of people with not only food, but also energy bills and clothing.

In addition to those free food programs operated, the organization also offers assistance to people to help with medical bills. They receive grants through the county and state as well as private programs to help pay these medical bills.

For help with utility bills, they also do on occasion receive monetary grants from Duke Energy, which works with the Share the Warmth program, and that program from Duke Energy also helps with utility bills.

For more information on how to receive assistance, to apply for any type of programs, or to give assistance in the form of donations or volunteering, please contact CareNet at 130 Bidwell St. Franklin, (828) 369-2642.

Macon Program for Progress is the second organization to try. This is the Community Action Agency for Macon County North Carolina. They also offer residents several options and resources to get help.

Self-sufficiency program - This will assist families and individuals who have made an ongoing commitment to get the education and/or the job training that they need to get a decent, secure good job which will enable them to become self-sufficient over the long term. Some of the resources and support services that are offered for those people who qualify for the Self-sufficiency program are as follows: tuition for education and/or job training, free or discounted child care, uniforms/clothes for job search, job connections, car repair and maintenance, credit and debt counseling, as other financial skills.





Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program - The primary goal is to increase the employment skills, job retention, employment opportunities, and the earnings of participants, and to increase occupational skills attainment by providing job training services. Assistance is available from this program for books, tuition, computer skills, and other supplies to attend the community colleges. Additional supportive services offered include transportation cost, child care, car repairs, clothing/uniforms and other work related tools.

Contact the Macon Program at 350 Orchard View Drive, PO Box 700, Franklin, NC 28744, (828) 524-4471. Many other resources are offered. More on assistance with Macon Program for Progress.


By Jon McNamara

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