United Way of Horry County is committed to serving our neighbors and our community through this unprecedented time. Our team is working to bring you the most up to date resources and updates so please continue to monitor our site regularly.
For immediate assistance or referrals in our community call 211 or visit SC211.org.
For food resources click HERE.
For a complete up to date list of all agencies open and providing services visit SC211.org or call 211.
SC Thrive: currently facilitating the COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program which is designed to provide emergency rental assistance to South Carolinians facing financial hardships as a result of the coronavirus crisis. Click here to learn more and apply now.
South Carolina Legal Services: provides free legal services in a wide-variety of civil (nonviolent) legal matters to eligible low-income residents of South Carolina. They are offering services dealing with the IRS Stimulus checks, returning to work during COVID-19, housing forbearance, and financial scams.
- 2109 Bull Street Columbia, SC 29201
Horry County Schools Summer Food Program: The last day for student meal pick-up and delivery will be on Thursday, June 4, and will be replaced by the Summer Food Program, which begins on June 9.
Beginning June 9th through July 30th, HCS will offer NO COST BREAKFAST and LUNCH to children 18 years old and younger and special needs children up to age 21 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Pick up on Tuesdays, will consist of 2 breakfast meals and 2 lunch meals. Pick up on Thursdays, will consist of 3 breakfast meals and 3 lunch meals for a total of 5 meals per week per child. Click here for a list of pick-up locations. Meals can be picked up without the child being present with some required information (parent/guardian name, children’s name(s). All children under the age of 18 can participate and special needs children up to age 2
Rape Crisis Center: staff is working remotely. They are continuing to assist victims by phone and are providing teletherapy for counseling sessions. The crisis line remains open 24/7 at 843-448-7273. The answering service will notify of calls and a staff member will respond as soon as possible.
- 1551 21st Avenue North #20 Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Friendship Medical Clinic: operating Monday-Thursday 8:30am-4:00pm. They are trying to provide patients with medications for 2-3 months so that they do not have to return as often. Friendship Medical is not taking any patients with fever, shortness of breath or coughing. Those patients will be referred to hospitals with a plan in place on criteria for testing for COVID-19. FMC plans to stay open as long as possible to hopefully keep patients from going to the emergency room with issues they can prevent.
- 1396 SC-544 Conway, SC 29526
North Strand Helping Hand: currently operating Monday – Thursday from 10am-2pm. They also have a food distribution event every Friday from 1pm – 3pm at Kingston Lake Baptist Association located at 3410 Church Street in Loris. NSHH will begin rent/utility assistance the week of May 11th.
- 2501 Long Bay Rd, Longs, SC 29568
Family Outreach of Horry County: staff will be working from home and using email and social media to remain in contact. People needing their services may contact them and appointments will be arranged.
- 1836 Lone Star St. Conway, SC 29526
Churches Assisting People: will be serving their clients through a drive through from 10am-1pm, Monday – Thursday. They will have prepacked bags of food. CAP will begin rent/utility assistance on the week of May 4th.
- 307 Wright Blvd, Conway, SC 29526
Children’s Recovery Center: open and operating regularly. Staff has begun to meet with older children and have been incorporating tele-interviews.
- 1801 Legion Street, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Catholic Charities: the food pantry is open Monday – Thursday from 10am-1pm. If someone is pregnant or elderly in need of food, call them at 843-438-3108. A time can be arranged for them to pick up goods while avoiding a crowd. Their shower and laundry facilities are also open Tuesday and Thursday from 9am-2pm.
- 2294 Technology Blvd. Conway, SC 29526
Coastal Samaritan Counseling Center: full operational with teletherapy. They are also taking clients at their Myrtle Beach office.
- 901 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Goodwill: Stores are closed. Currently offering training to the unemployed to get their GED’s, a certificate or job training so they can be prepared when the economy opens back up. They are also trying to match people with jobs that are currently available (grocery stores, drug stores, etc.) Call 843-566-0072 to get help. This is available for anyone in South Carolina.
Freedom Readers: will begin summer sessions on June 15th. There will be sessions online and in person. Scholars will also receive books in the mail.
- 1012 16th Ave N, Surfside Beach, SC 29575
Salvation Army: For the health and safety of their employees and customers, and as a precautionary measure to limit the spread COVID-19 all four of the Horry County Salvation Army Family stores will be closed until further notice. They are doing curbside food delivery though at their Conway location.
- 1415 2nd Ave Conway, SC – Gymnasium
- 1029 3rd Ave Conway, SC – Store
Neighbor to Neighbor: currently implementing a plan for the most vulnerable. They are in need of hand sanitizers and wipes but they must ensure safety for clients and drivers. Currently only providing transportation for emergency cases and food delivery.
- 921 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
ECHO Homeless: Current funding is in place to help northeastern South Carolina residents struggling to make rent and facing eviction, and new additional funding has been announced to help residents facing eviction due to COVID-19 related issues. Assistance may be available to individuals and families facing eviction:
•Whose primary residence is a rental unit located within ECHO’s 13-county service area: Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter, and Williamsburg,
•And who meet eligibility requirements, including income limits.
To apply for assistance, go to www.echousing.org/get-help.
Interested applicants who do not have computer access or a smart phone can call the ECHO Access Point at 843-213-1798 to complete an application over the telephone.
All applicants will be screened for eligibility and will be asked to provide documentation including: verification of household income and either a Magistrate’s Court Order of Eviction or a letter from their landlord stating the applicant is behind on rent and will be evicted within 14 days.
- 407 Broadway Street, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Horry County Citizens Crisis Response: New 501(c)3 group that has volunteer opportunities, lists of restaurants with free food with times and dates, teaming with Meals on Wheels to help supplement the need, has mobile kitchens, drive through lines for food pick up, U-Haul trucks, and 6 food pantries. They are currently looking for collection centers for donations. Can be contacted on their website https://www.horrycccr.org/ or by calling 803-269-6379.
Community Kitchen: implementing a to-go food program until further notice. Doors open at 7:30am for breakfast until 9:00am. Lunch is served from 11:00am-1:00pm.
- 1411 Mr. Joe White Ave, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
The Shepherd’s Table: Serving lunch Monday-Friday from 11am-1pm and serving dinner Monday-Friday from 4-5:30pm. The building is still closed but they are doing pick-up and to-go meals.
- 1412 Gamecock Ave #A, Conway, SC 29526
American Red Cross: currently fully operational and are still responding to home fires and other small disasters.
- 3531 Pampas Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
New Directions: Operating as usual with more precautionary sanitation practices. They are currently have a wait list at all shelters and do not anticipate taking in any additional clients until pandemic is over. They have an emergency preparedness plan designed for these types of unusual circumstances. included a designated area in each shelter for quarantine if the need arises.
- 732 8th Ave North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Christian Mission Outreach: having food distributions on Tuesdays from 11am-2pm
- 900 62nd Ave N. Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
South Strand Helping Hand: You must call ahead of time in order to receive food. Their operating hours are Monday – Friday 9am – 12:45am. Their lobby will be limited to one person at a time, no exceptions. Once you have been processed in the front lobby, please drive around to the back door to pick up your pre-packed bag.
- 843-238-4594: call to process your order
- 812 S Poplar Drive #3, Surfside Beach, SC 29575
Horry County Disabilities and Special Needs: supporting their consumers in their residential program who require 24 hours/7 days a week support. The office has closed all of their day service programs. Case Managers and Early interventionists are connecting with families primarily via telephone and some face to face visits if appropriate.
- 250 Victory Lane, Conway, SC 29526
Reach Out and Read: operating on normal schedule. Their books and other literacy resources are available and can be shipped to sites as needed. Reach Out and Read can also offer support to families with links to professionals reading to children, daily at home activities, and traveling/adventures through books.
North Strand Housing Shelter: individuals can continue to apply via phone application by calling 843-756-9488. They are currently taking new clients.
- 2335 Highway West, Longs, SC 29569
Helping Hand of Myrtle Beach: offering rent and utility assistance by phone. Households requesting assistance must be located in their service area. Focusing on food, rent, and utilities during this time.
- 1411 Mr. Joe White Avenue Unit B, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Center for Counseling and Wellness: A counselor will meet the client outside in the parking lot and escort them to the office. Each counselor’s office contains lysol, cleaning wipes, and hand sanitizer. Staff members have completed training on Tele-Health counseling. This allows the client to receive counsel from home. Approximately 60% of their sessions are through teletherapy and 40% are in person.
- 110 Ye Olde Kings Hwy, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Claire Chapin Epps Family YMCA: reopening on May 17th at 7am and will be following guidelines from health experts and local officials to keep everyone safe and healthy.
- 5000 Claire Chapin Epps Dr. Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Mobile Meals of the Grand Strand: The South Strand route will only have two deliveries per week. Two meals will be distributed on Monday and three meals will be distributed on Wednesday.
- South Strand Office: 843-651-7337
- North Strand Office: 843-280-9066
- Myrtle Beach Office: 571-239-2527
FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card
Given everything that’s happening with the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that now more than ever it’s important for community members to adhere to their prescribed medications. We have found that FamilyWize has become critically important during this crisis. CVS and Walgreens are providing free delivery of prescribed medications .
Therefore, when people call in to get a script filled or refilled, they can ask that the FamilyWize discount be applied by providing them the following information that is on the FamilyWize card. Since registration is not required, there is no need for them to physically show a card.
Card ID: FW100
Group ID: FW100
Applying for Unemployment Benefits
If your work has been affected by COVID-19, you can apply for Unemployment Insurance. This process and these benefits are the same as applying for benefits if you lose your job through no fault of your own. Please review the instructions below.
If you need assistance applying for benefits, claims representatives are available at 1-866-831-1724 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
If you have recently lost your job through no fault of your own, you may be eligible to receive Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Follow the links below to learn about the claims process including how to apply for benefits, how to register for work and how to do the required work searches.
Go to dew.sc.gov and follow these links to learn more
- The claims process.
2. Register for work.
3. Search for work.
211 is going to be fully functional during this time. If you or your family are in need of assistance relating to basic needs, please call 211. Operators will also be able to direct callers to the most accurate and appropriate resources to learn more about the Coronavirus.
211 has created a COVID-19 portal at SC211.org to better organize information and resources related to the Coronavirus in South Carolina. You can access that portal HERE.
The primary goal with this portal is to provide some very basic information about the virus, inform users of any community resources that become available as part of the COVID-19 response, and ultimately redirect them to resources that are regularly updated and managed by medically trained staff.
You can also visit the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s website for updates and accurate information by clicking HERE.
Free Virtual Consultations and Screenings for COVID-19
MUSC is offering free virtual care consultations and screenings to anyone experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms located in South Carolina. Use the promo code “COVID19” when signing up. The link to the MUSC telemedicine site is HERE. If you have immediate health concerns and wish to speak to a medical professional, MUSC recommends a virtual care visit to speak to provider online. You can also call 843-792-7000 for more information.