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COVID-19 RESPONSE RESOURCES

South Carolina 2-1-1

SC 2-1-1 serves as a safety net for all individuals needing help finding assistance, by helping improve the effectiveness and coordination of health and human services across the state.  The statewide program provides information about and referral to health and human service resources. Dial 2-1-1 or 1-866-892-9211 on your phone to speak with an agent or search for services in your community at SC211.org.  The service is available 24/7, 365 days per year. It is FREE and CONFIDENTIAL.


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Stimulus Funds

Are you looking on your Economic Impact Payment? Visit www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment.

Child Care

Vouchers are available for essential employees... read more.


Healthcare Resources

DHEC CARE LINE

Up to date information on the COVID-19 Coronavirus

***Call 855-472-3432 to answer frequently asked questions and offer triage service to either emergency services or trained medical staff as needed or visit their website.  https://www.scdhec.gov/infectious-diseases/viruses/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

COLONIAL HEALTHCARE COVID-19 TESTING

Colonial Healthcare on Broad Street continues curbside testing for COVID-19.  For more information on how and when to get tested go to www.ColonialHealthcare.com.

PRISMA HEALTH

For more information on how and if you should be tested go to https://www.palmettohealth.org/patients-guests/news/drive-through-covid-19-testing-in-sumter

MCLEOD HEALTH CLARENDON

For more information about how to proceed to be screened and tested at McLeod Health Clarendon go to the attached link - https://www.mcleodhealth.org/coronavirus/covid-19-faqs/

MUSC VIRTUAL SCREENING FOR COVID-19

For more information about  Virtual Screening and mobile testing sites: https://campaigns.muschealth.org/virtual-care/index.html

LEE COUNTY HOTLINE

1-803-484-5921;  Open Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM.


DONATE

The most needed resource in order to meet immediate and long term recovery needs following any disaster is funding.  If you would like to contribute to United Ways of Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Counties Disaster Relief Fund for COVID-19 you may do so by clicking the red donate button.


OTHER RESOURCES

NONPROFITS AND BUSINESSES

For our nonprofit partners with questions regarding the stimulus bill, read "Nonprofit Guide to the CARES Act."

The Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce is great resource for the latest information regarding the CARES Act, federal stimulus bill, and what it means for businesses at http://www.sumterchamber.com/covid-19-resources.D

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CRISIS RELIEF RESPONSE

The YWCA of the Upper Lowlands will continue to provide front-line services to include offering the 24-hour hotline, (803) 775-2763 to promote health, safety, education, awareness and unity in our community.
 
They are providing a variety of services to Domestic Violence survivors:  free legal services/order of protection, food vouchers, hotel stays, as well as relocation and travel (gas cards).
 
The Safe House Shelter will remain open.  However, we are not accepting new residents at this time to protect current residents and staff members, and the remaining staff is working remotely.

UNEMPLOYMENT INFORMATION

Find the information you need regarding applying for unemployment benefits at https://dew.sc.gov/covid-hub.

FREE LEGAL SERVICES

If you have legal questions regarding tenant rights, living wills, scams, etc. visit https://www.lawhelp.org/sc.

CHILDCARE

For a list of available childcare centers in your area:  https://www.sc-ccrr.org/

EMMANUEL UMC SOUP KITCHEN

Providing to go lunches daily.  Location is 421 South Main Street, Sumter, SC  29150

SUMTER UNITED MINISTRIES Crisis Relief Ministry Update 

Statewide no disconnection notices for utilities and no eviction notices for rentals remain in effect. As a result, utility and rental assistance are not being provided at this time. We have also suspended clothing interviews. All other requests may be considered.

Food interviews will no longer require DSS forms. We will serve walk-in’s only. No appointments will be scheduled or required. The ministry doors are locked; however, they are serving clients.

Emergency Shelter Update as of 4/2: The shelter is not able to take new clients at this time in order to protet the current residnets and volunteers. However, we are still in GREAT need of assistance in feeding the shelter guests. Our greatest needs are: carry out containers (to-go boxes), garbage bags (40 gallon or greater), bottled water, and individually packaged utensils (plastic).

SALVATION ARMY

Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club will suspend services for however long schools remain closed. 

Statewide no disconnection notices for utilities and no eviction notices for rentals remain in effect. As a result, utility and rental assistance are not being provided at this time.

Food assistance is being provided with pre-made boxes based on family size.

SPECTRUM WI-FI PROGRAM

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.

FARMERS TELEPHONE FREE INTERNET PROGRAM

FTC is offering 60 days of free internet service and free installation to homes that have children in need of internet to continue their learning online while school is out during the coronavirus pandemic.

Orders can be taken over the phone at 888-218-5050, and the internet service provider, which is headquartered in Kingstree and serves Sumter, Lee, Clarendon, Williamsburg and lower Florence counties, is waiving the normal security deposit process. The service does not have data caps or hidden fees, and will be available at least through March 31, 2020.

DEFER MORTGAGE PAYMENTS

Under Fannie Mae's disaster relief guidelines, a servicer may temporarily suspend or reduce homeowner's mortgage payments for up to 90 days if the servicer believes a natural disaster has adversely affected the value or habitability of the property or if the natural disaster has temporarily impacted the homeowner’s ability to make payments on their mortgage.  To learn more call 1(800)232-6643 or visit webpage.

DISASTER DISTRESS HOTLINE

SAMHSA: A national hotline dedicated to provide crisis counseling for people experiencing emotional distress related to any natural disaster.  It's toll-free, multilingual and confidential.  Stress, anxiety and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster.  Call helpline at 1(800)985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 or visit SAMHSA webpage.

If you are a part of these organizations, please contact United Way with updates by calling (803) 773-7935 or by emailing kcruse@uwaysumter.org.   

This page will be updated as information changes.


VOLUNTEER

If you are interested in serving the community, register at www.volunteersc.org.

Sumter United Ministries

Looking for Volunteers to assist in 12 hour shifts to assist at the Samaritan House Shelter.  In addition, they need Volunteers to help finish a Roofing Construction Project.  Please contact the Ministry at 803-775-0757 to complete a Volunteer Application.

Salvation Army 

http://www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/volunteer/new/

American Red Cross

www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer