North Central West Virginia assistance programs.

The following agencies and assistance programs can provide help for people in Barbour, Greenbrier, Marion, Monongalia, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, and Tucker Counties West Virginia. The programs basically cover the north - central part of West Virginia.

Mannington Food Pantry (phone (304) 986-2147) - Employment and disbursement of emergency food and groceries, clothing in the Mannington, Farmington, Metz, and Hundred West Virginia areas.

Give Kids A Smile - Free dental care and assistance for children without medical or dental insurance. 304-647-3783.

Warming Hands & Hearts - Home heating bill and emergency assistance initiative for paying utility bills. 304-647-3783

The Connecting Link, Inc. - This Marion County agency offers information and referral services, direct emergency and financial assistance, and intensive coordination of emergency financial assistance to local residents in need of help. (304) 363-4882. Or for a more extensive listing of low income financial programs, click here.

Monroe Health Center - Providing prescription medication and dental services to indigent and uninsured patients. 304-772-3064

Legal Aid of West Virginia - This firm can provide pro bono legal assistance to help people deal with a variety of issues. Get help with domestic violence and family matters, advice to deal with a foreclosure, consumer debt issues, and other free legal aid. Dial 304.343.4481, or click here for other West Virginia free legal aid programs.

Quinwood Community Food Services, Inc. - The group can free food and essential non-food items to families in need. Call 304-438-8124




Milan Puskar Health Right - The center offers free medical care, prescription medication assistance, HIV testing, and other support services for the working poor, low-income, uninsured people in North Central West Virginia. Call (304) 292-8234.

Consumer Credit Counseling Services - The non-profit, known as Criss Cross, may be able to assist financially overextended clients  and families in providing personal budgeting, financial responsibility, foreclosure prevention, credit card reduction services, and debt repayment services and programs. Call (304) 623-0921 to find other debt help programs.

Salvation Army - They run Social Services Program for Preston County and also provide a Feeding Program for Monongalia County. Limited financial assistance for energy bills, rent, and other aid may be available. A number of emergency services and financial assistance is offered for families in Randolph County West Virginia. Additional services include Christmas meals and gifts, case management, cash assistance for paying for basic needs, and more. Call (304) 296-3525, or click here for more details.

Preston County families also have another Salvation Army center available to them. This one provides coverage to a few different counties as well. Homeless prevention, shelters, and emergency financial aid and social services may be provided. Learn more.

Western Greenbrier Ministerial Association - The group of churches, charities and faith based groups may be able to offer emergency financial assistance to residents in need in western Greenbrier County. Dial 304-392-6344, or learn more on Western Greenbrier Ministerial emergency aid.

North Central West Virginia Community Action Association - Call (304) 363-2170. Programs offered include Homeless Services and Prevention, employment, and case management type support. There is also information on government grant programs, such as LIHEAP.





The non-profit offers Homeless Recovery services including homeless and eviction prevention as well as transitional housing. More long term solutions are also in place in the region, and those range from permanent supportive housing to placement into low-income apartments and case management.

Another option is Weatherization, which is the government funded Energy Conservation Program which works to reduce the heating and cooling bills for struggling people as well as low-income families (particularly for people with disabilities, the elderly, and families with children). It is available for free and will help by improving the energy efficiency of their homes and ensuring health and safety.

So many services are available from the Association in counties such as Pocahontas and Preston. Whether a low income family needs a loan or grant for a rent payment or security deposit, applications to Head Start, or information on job training, the non-profit may be able to help. Read North Central West Virginia Community Action Association.

FamilyWize Prescription Drug Discount Card - Anyone, regardless of income, can get free prescription drug discount cards to lower cost of health care for individuals and families without any type of health insurance. 304-647-3783.

C.A.S.E. of Monroe County - Is involved in providing emergency financial assistance to individuals and families. 304-772-3381

Christian Help - May have Emergency Financial Assistance for rent and utility bills, free food, and provide Women’s and Men’s Career Closets. Other resources administered can include information on government grants and state benefits. Call (304) 296-0221, or read more Christian Help programs.




By Jon McNamara

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