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West Central Georgia assistance programs.

Find how to get financial help or free stuff from churches, charities, and government assistance programs. There may be loans or grants for helping with rent or electric bills. Or find free school supplies, medical as well as dental care, gasoline vouchers, and Christmas toys or food from a pantry. A number of social services along with housing resources (security deposit or mortgage help) and other aid is offered.

Financial aid for bills, rent, and food in Western Georgia

Marion County Community Service Center offers county residents several different assistance programs and resources, including rent assistance (if someone has an eviction notice), energy and utility bill help (to prevent disconnections), free food and emergency groceries, weatherization to help people save money on energy bills, and USDA food. Buena Vista Georgia. (229) 649-7787.

Contact the Department of Family and Children Services in your county in the central-western portion of Georgia. Many of the do offer some form of aid or financial assistance. Some examples include TANF as well as the possibility of rent and utility assistance when available for those who have applied for or receiving food stamps or TANF from the federal government or state of Georgia. This government run agencies can also help people apply for and learn about both Georgia and federal government programs.

Salvation Army - Americus, which can be reached at (229) 924-5154 provides financial medical and prescription assistance, funds for paying rent, a food pantry and clothing bank, counseling, and other aid. There are also free Christmas gifts, clothing and furniture banks, school supplies and more. This branch of the Salvation Army covers all of southwest Georgia.

Crisp County Community Service Center - Offers emergency energy bill assistance and food. Cordele  (229) 273-641.

First United Methodist Church - Food Closet - Cordele Georgia (phone (229) 273-4586) provides free food and referrals to other local non-profits and charities.




Share the Season Community Service - Provides bags of groceries as well as access to the federal government SNAP food assistance program. (229) 649-9276

Churches from Saint Vincent in Macon Georgia - One of the region’s leading faith based groups. Volunteers from the group can help working poor families as well as senior citizens. Everything from free food to emergency assistance with rent or utility bills is arranged. Referrals are also available to pantries or non-profits that offer loans for certain needs such as security deposits. St. Vincent of Macon County offers other aid too, and learn more on Saint Vincent de Paul.

Macon County Extension Service - Offers a large number of non-financial aid programs. The ones most applicable to people who need help include money management, credit, debt reduction, and financial planning services. Call (478) 472-7588

West Central Georgia CAC, Inc. - This community action agency supports all low income families, the working poor, and others in Crisp, Dooly, Macon, Marion, Schley, Sumter, Taylor, and Webster Georgia.

  • Free food - The Government Created Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) offers qualified people USDA surplus commodities, food, vegetables and other items. All of this is used for mass distribution for home consumption to eligible low income, working poor, and the elderly. Food is also available for the unemployed.
  • Utility bill help - Get grants from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which is a federal government program that was created to provide financial assistance and/or cash grants to eligible low-income families and individuals, the disabled, and elderly. The program can help pay summer cooling bills as well as expenses during the winter.
  • Rent, housing, and energy assistance - Another federal government program known as the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) helps individuals and families facing a hardship, as well as the homeless, and the elderly. Financial assistance and aid is made available to help prevent evictions/foreclosures, utility disconnections, and money can help people pay for food.
  • Weatherization: This energy conservation program is designed to reduce the hardships and financial burdens of eligible families and individuals, the low income elderly and the disabled. The program is free, and people can save hundreds of dollars per year on home energy bills.

Call West Central Georgia CAC, Inc. at (478) 472-3607. Or read more on assistance from West Central Georgia CAC.

There are other non-profits nationwide too. They can be part of the community action network. Also, click here for more information on community action agency grant programs.





Southwest Georgia Community Action Council only covers a few of the local counties, such as Sumter and Webster. This non-profit offers many of the same services as the non-profit agency listed above. Whether a low income family needs applications to LIHEAP or food stamps, or maybe they need education support from Head Start, the agency tries to help. Call them for support or referrals to local charities and housing programs. Continue with Southwest Georgia Community Action Council programs.

Free health or dental care

Sumter Faith Clinic is located at 127 S. Jackson St. in Americus, GA  (Sumter County). There may be free basic medical care offered by volunteer nurses and doctors. Call (229)924-8599. For additional help, find details on how to get help with dental bills.

Bread of Life Clinic of Macon County. Patients need to call for a appointment. Check ups, physicals, and immunizations may be done on site. It also can provide some basic dental care, including cleanings. The address of the low cost medical center is 114 S. Dooly St., or dial (478)951-1120.

By Jon McNamara













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