2-1-1 is an easy to remember telephone number that provides free and confidential information on local resources for food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more. 2-1-1 is also the number to call to schedule your VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) appointment. Call 2-1-1 (or 1-866-892-9211) anytime, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to speak with a live representative who will help you find vital services in the community. You can also download the South Carolina 2-1-1 app (Google Play or Apple App Store) and keep this resource at your fingertips. This service is free and is available in multiple languages. Learn more.
Find Community Resources in the Tough Times Tool-Kit
Download our Tough Times Tool-Kit for information on community resources such as food pantries, housing assistance, legal services, utilities assistance, medical clinics, employment & education services, transportation, AmeriCorps locations, Benefit Banks, IDA, VITA, and Money Smart Classes. Download the toolkit in English or Spanish (Herramientas para los tiempos difíciles).
Free In Person Income Tax Preparation
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites are open annually from late January until April 15 for individuals and families with household incomes of $60,000 or less, people with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. During the tax season, schedule your appointment for free, in-person tax preparation assistance by calling 2-1-1. Learn more.
Individualized Financial Coaching and Education
United Way of Pickens County offers financial coaching and education to Pickens County residents who want to learn more about money management. Whether you’re interested in budgeting, debt reduction, credit, or another financial topic, we can provide tools and resources to help. Learn more.
Prescription Savings Card Program
United Way and FamilyWize have joined forces to help people gain access to more affordable prescription medication. Everyone is eligible- insured and uninsured. Simply download and print your free card and show it to the pharmacy to get the best price on your prescription medication every time. Learn more.
Identify and Apply for Benefits in One Stop
Thrive Hub counselors can help you apply for benefits such as SNAP, TANF, Medicaid and more, all in one application. No longer do you have to wait in line at several different agencies or figure out what benefits are available to you. To meet with a Thrive Hub counselor, contact us.
Take Control of Your Money and Find Financial Freedom
Pickens County Piggy Bank is an interactive, online webinar series designed to help YOU gain control over your money and find a path to financial freedom. Watch past recordings or sign up for upcoming sessions here.
The Clemson University College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences created a Food Access Map of organizations providing food assistance. The map includes information on the type of assistance they provide, as well as operating hours and availability. Zoom in on the county and then click on the icons for more information.