As our community and state implement plans to address the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, United Way of Pickens County continues to assess the most urgent needs on the ground.
United Way is coordinating services with local nonprofits and community leaders to provide support for Pickens County's most vulnerable neighbors during this critical time.
COVID-19 Community Relief Fund
United Way of Pickens County has established the COVID-19 Community Relief Fund to assist Pickens County’s most vulnerable neighbors with the resources they need during this critical time.
We know that Pickens County residents over the next few months will need assistance meeting their most basic needs due to lost wages. We have established the COVID-19 Community Relief Fund to meet their food, rent/utility, and healthcare needs. 100% of donations made to the Relief Fund will be distributed to Community Impact partners serving Pickens County.
The first round of funds has been distributed to agencies agencies serving our most vulnerable citizens. $4,500 was awarded to Meals on Wheels for weekend meals for home-bound seniors for one month, and $1,000 was awarded to Salvation Army for necessities such as baby products and gas for families who lost wages because of the pandemic.
We will update this page with resources as information becomes available.
Dial 2-1-1 (1-866-892-9211) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to speak with an operator and locate community resources.
- Clemson Community Care remains open for regular service hours. Please confirm before visiting: 864-653-4460.
- United Christian Ministries is temporarily suspending regular services and will offer drive-thru emergency food assistance Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. - 12 noon. Please confirm before visiting: 864-671-1134.
- SHINE Soup Kitchen is closed for regular dining, but "to go" meals and personal hygiene bags will be distributed tonight (March 19) at 5:30 p.m.
- Meals on Wheels will close the two Young at Heart Senior Centers in Liberty and Central March 17-March 31. Senior members who have requested a daily meal will be offered the option of a home delivered meal. MOW will continue to deliver hot meals to homebound clients. MOW is preparing frozen and shelf stable meals in the event that volunteer deliveries become limited.
- WYFF is maintaining a list of area restaurants who are offering free meals to school aged children: https://www.wyff4.com/article/upstate-restaurants-offering-free-food-to-students-during-school-closures/31662340
- SDPC will be offering free breakfast and lunch for anyone under the age of 18 (and special needs adults up to age 21) on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Tuesdays are Twofor Tuesdays and both Tuesday and Wednesday meals will be given out on Tuesday. The student must be present for the meal to be served. Locations and other details are available on the SDPC website here.
- The Free Little Library at the Dream Center will temporarily serve as an emergency food pantry for anyone who needs it. (111 Hillcrest Drive, Easley)
- Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas are suspending disconnection for nonpayment to all home and business accounts in South Carolina and six other states effective immediately.
- Free WiFi powered by Northland Cable is available in the parking lot of the Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce at 222 West Main Street, Pickens. There is no password to enter, just connect your device when in their parking lots. They have an upper lot accessed from Main Street and a lower lot accessed from Florence Street. They ask that people stay in their vehicles while connecting to the WiFi and practice social distancing.
- Charter is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 students who do not already have a Spectrum subscription. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees waived for new student households. Confirm terms with provider.
- Any device, not just school issued computers, can access wifi in the parking lots of select schools. Visit the SDPC website for details.
- If you are concerned that you, your family, or one of your employees might have COVID-19, you are encouraged to call your primary care physician or participate in a free (with payment code COVID19) Prisma Health Virtual Visit.
- Samaritan Health Clinic Free Medical and Dental Clinic of Pickens County is only offering telephone visits to current patients and is not able to accept new patients at this time. The pharmacy is open on Thursdays only
- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has provided a resource card outlining mental health tips and resources. Download the resource card here.
- The Pickens County Advocacy Center is offering telecounseling to primary and secondayr (parents, spouses, siblings) survivors of sexual assault for anyone age 12 and up. These counseling services are free. To set up a telecounseling service, call the PCAC office at 864-442-5500 or email therapist Deidre Henson.
EMPLOYMENT & WORKFORCE
- SC Department of Employment and Workforce has issued information to answer questions related to COVID19 Unemployment Insurance Benefits and Employer Filed Claims.
- SC Works Centers offer assistance with re-employment services for jobseekers, partner services, business services and resource rooms for use when filing for unemployment benefits or searching for work online.Individuals can register for work at www.scworks.org, look for jobs, and submit applications remotely from any internet connection. Job seeking services are being offered remotely, and job openings are being posted on the SCWorksWorkLink Facebook page. Call 1-864-643-0071 for help over the phone.
- United Way of Pickens County Free Tax Preparation sites are closed until further notice. When we have more to share, that information on rescheduling will be posted on our website and our Facebook page. Visit myfreetaxes.com or IRS.gov to see if any of these online tax preparation services are right for you. Check back with our website for updates.
updated April 1, 2020