Did you know that you can get assistance applying for many types of benefits at the Library? Call 803-874-3389 and ask to speak with Terri, the Health and Social Services Manager.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) -Food assistance for eligible individuals and households.
Check eligibility requirements and apply for benefits here: https://benefitsportal.dss.sc.gov/#/login
Local food banks, hot lunches, and food boxes are also available. Call the library for more information at 803-874-3389.
findhelp.org – This curated database of resources is provided by findhelp, a Public Benefit Corporation, and provides multilingual information to help connect you to free or low-cost vital services such as food, housing, health services, transportation, education, work, and financial and legal assistance. To search for services in other areas, enter another zipcode.
SCThrive.org – SC Thrive connects people to crucial benefits — from food security and healthcare resources to financial wellness and more. For more information call 1-800-726-8774.
SC DSS – The South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and vulnerable adults, helping individuals achieve stability and strengthening families.
SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department – SCVRD prepares and assists eligible South Carolinians with disabilities to achieve and maintain competitive employment.
Calhoun County Veterans Affairs – The Department of Veterans Affairs provides professional assistance to Veterans and their families in acquiring benefits and services which they have earned. Appointments are strongly suggested. Contact Robin Rucker, Veterans Affairs Officer, at 803-874-3816.
OCAB – The Orangeburg-Calhoun-Allendale-Bamberg Community Action Agency, Inc. seeks to eliminate the causes and conditions of poverty in the service area by developing strategies to ensure a better quality of life for disadvantaged and underserved residents.
Calhoun County Council on Aging – The Calhoun County Council on Aging (CCCOA) is a county agency that provides programs and services to promote the well-being of aging persons residing in Calhoun County, SC. Its purpose is to help them maintain their independence, function to the best of their ability, and to inform them of resources, activities and opportunities available in the community.
L. Marion Gressette Center/Calhoun County Disabilities And Special Needs Board – The CDSNB provides individualized community based residential, employment and support services which promote independence, dignity and community integration for persons with developmental disabilities and special needs.
78 Doodle Hill Road, St Matthews, SC 29135
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College – OCtech provides adult education, GED programs, and learning services. The mission of OCtech is to provide relevant training and education in a diverse, flexible and inclusive environment that promotes success and self-reliance for students, and fosters economic development for the region.
3250 St Matthews Road, Orangeburg, SC 29118
CASA Family Systems – CASA/Family Systems is a private, not-for-profit organization serving Bamberg, Calhoun and Orangeburg counties whose primary focus is providing prevention, advocacy, and intervention to individuals and families who have been affected by sexual assault, family violence, and/or child abuse and neglect.
National Domestic Violence Hotline:
United Way – United Way supports the 211 network in the United States responds to more than 20 million requests for help every year. Most calls, web chats, and text messages are from people looking for help meeting basic needs like housing, food, transportation, and health care. 211 can be accessed by phone or computer, at 211.org. A toll-free call to 211 connects you to a community resource specialist in your area who can put you in touch with local organizations that provide critical services. You’ll find information about:
- supplemental food and nutrition programs
- shelter and housing options and utilities assistance
- pandemic information
- emergency information and disaster relief
- employment and education opportunities
- services for veterans
- health care, vaccination and health epidemic information
- addiction prevention and rehabilitation programs
- reentry help for ex-offenders
- support groups for individuals with mental illnesses or special needs
- a safe, confidential path out of physical and/or emotional domestic abuse
South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS) – South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS) provides free legal assistance in a wide variety of civil (non-criminal) legal matters to eligible low income residents of South Carolina.