OCAB Community Action Agency assistance programs.

Residents of the counties of Orangeburg, Allendale, Bamberg, and Calhoun can contact the OCAB Community Action Agency for help. The non-profit supports low income families, the unemployed, and seniors. Assistance may be available to those that qualify and that show an effort to work towards self-sufficiency over the short and low term.

LIHEAP, or the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, is a federal government and state of Carolina program for paying utility bills. There is a component that is operated throughout the year and another, called the Crisis Intervention Program, which is for households facing a disconnection.

Financial assistance and cash grants can be issued in order to help people keep their heat or air conditioning service on, repair heating devices or a furnace during the winter, and financial assistance is also offered in order to maintain purchase fans during the hot summer months. This LIHEAP program helps hundreds of families across Orangeburg, Bamberg, and other counties.

OCAB processes applications for utility bill assistance. Eligible low income customers who apply in the fall for Direct Assistance may receive one-time funds or credits to help with paying energy costs. Or if you don’t qualify then the agency may offer referrals for other programs.

Head Start is a pre-school program for children under the age of 5. Assistance for development, including educational support and basic health care, is available for children under the age of 5. The Head Start program promotes the physical, cognitive, emotional, psychological, medical and social development of children, including the disabled too.

The community action agency also provides assistance to their parents and families through services such as family partnerships, educational, social, nutritional, health care, transportation and transition services components. Staff from OCAB and nearby schools will work closely with the entire family and also non-profit community agencies to meet the comprehensive needs of all children that enroll in Head Start. The classrooms are listed below.




252 Marion St. Allendale, SC 29810, dial (803) 584-4026
211 Zeigler St. Bamberg, SC 29003, telephone (803) 245-5521
Bowman Head Start Center is at 131 Poplar St. Bowman, South Carolina 29018, dial (803) 829-3553
Denmark location is 121 Cedar St. Denmark, South Carolina 29042, (803) 793-4689
200 Warrior Dr. Elloree, SC 29047, phone (803) 897-2673
Eutawville Head Start is at St. James Elementary School, 1555 Gardensgate Rd., Eutawville, SC 29048, (803) 492-7062
Family Literacy, Brookdale Elementary, 394 Brookdale Dr. Orangeburg, SC 29115, telephone (803) 531-8648
Holly Hill Head Start, 1490 Brant Ave. Holly Hill, SC 29059, (803) 496-7333
Neeses Head Start, 710 Rice St. Neeses, SC 29107, phone (803) 247-4455
710 Rice St. North Rd. Head Start4215 North Rd. Orangeburg, SC 29115, (803) 533-1666
180 Cantey Dr. Santee, SC 29142, phone (803) 854-3897
St. Matthews Head Start, 110 Smoak St. St. Matthews, South Carolina 29135, main number is (803) 874-3588/ 874-2255

Workforce Investment Act (WIA) is the main federal government job training and employment assistance program. OCAB Community Action Agency offers this in the area and the counties of Orangeburg and Calhoun. There are resources for unemployed adults, the Summer Youth Employment and In-School Youth Services. WIA arranges for pre-employment competencies, instruction in basic skills, and paid work experience for people under 21 years of age.




Elderly can look into Senior Companion. Volunteers provide home care, companionship and other assistance to older residents. This will also give relief to their primary care givers and often prevents the need for institutionalized care.

OCAB Community Action Agency operates Neighborhood Service Centers in the areas, including towns of Holly Hill, Bowman, St. Matthews, Neeses, Bamberg, Denmark and Allendale. The locations will link rural residents to needed resources and assistance programs. The main location is at P.O. Drawer 710, Orangeburg, South Carolina 29116-0710, telephone: (803) 536-1027.


By Jon McNamara

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