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Take measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. A face mask is required by several municipalities throughout the Grand Strand. MBACC has compiled a list of resources for businesses to plan for and respond to the virus. Read More

August 5, 2020

Ways to Help

We have so many incredible nonprofits doing amazing things here in the Grand Strand - they are the lifeblood of our community! Please consider giving one (or more) of them your support. If your nonprofit needs assistance, please let us know at AskUs@VisitMyrtleBeach.com.

  • Waccamaw VOAD (disasterhelp.me– The Waccamaw VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) website lists locations providing food for families in Horry County during the coronavirus pandemic. The site also collects information from churches/organizations providing food and restaurants/businesses wanting to donate food. All monetary donations are held with the Waccamaw Community Foundation COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund. This fund will provide flexible resources to organizations in our region working with priority groups, including senior citizens, children, health-compromised, and workers in the hospitality and tourism industry along coastal South Carolina. For your contribution to support our Horry County community, please specify Horry County in the “comments” field of the payment form.

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211 One-Stop Resource for Finding Assistance Download Flyer

This resource, run by United Way, is available 24/7 by calling 211 or by visiting them online at sc211.org. Stay up to date with local news at unitedwayhorry.org/covid-19-resources. During the COVID-19 pandemic, 211 is specializing on the following topics: Coronavirus Information and Health Resources; Mental Health Resources; Financial Resources; Resources for Families. 


Food Resources

There are several upcoming mass food distributions provided by United Way of Horry County and/or Lowcountry Food Bank in partnership with nonprofits and local businesses. In addition, there is food distribution organized by North Strand Helping Hand

Food Resources


 American Red Cross

American Red Cross: Urgent need for blood donations. You can schedule blood donations online go to or call 843-477-0020. To make a financial donation, go online. Stop by a donation center or drop-in at a local blood drive.

The American Red Cross continues to deliver critical services to your community during this health crisis, but we need people like you to join. We have a high priority need for volunteers in the following areas:  

Blood Donor and Facility Screeners (Temperature Takers) – To increase safety, volunteers are needed to welcome and take temperatures of visitors and blood donors before they enter any Red Cross facility or blood drive. Training and personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least 1 shift per month. An average shift is 5-6 hours and volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. 

Disaster Shelter Volunteer – Despite the current pandemic, our need to provide shelter to individuals and families affected by disaster is vital! To meet the unique challenges caused by the pandemic and new guidelines to keep everyone safe this hurricane season, more volunteers than normal are needed to support shelters if the need arises. Volunteers are needed to support the day-to-day activities within a shelter which may include working in reception, feeding, dormitory or other areas within a shelter. Free online training will be provided. If the need arises, volunteers are asked to commit to multiple local shifts of 8-12 hours each. 

Disaster Health Services Volunteer – Are you a licensed medical professional? We also have a high need for health care workers to aid to shelter residents as needed. Free online training will be provided. If the need arises, volunteers are asked to commit to multiple local shifts of 8 - 12 hours each. License required for this position: RN, LPN, LVN, EMT, Paramedic, MD, DO, PA, NP, APRN. Virtual opportunities are available. 

If you have supervisory experience, we are also looking for individuals to fill leadership roles as Shelter Supervisors and Health Services Supervisors.

For more information, please go to www.redcross.org/volunteer or email herdie.mathews@redcross.org 

Volunteer From Home – Now is the time to train online for high priority positions on the Disaster Action Team and Service to the Armed Forces Team as a caseworker. We are also looking for Health Services, Spiritual Care and Mass Care Team members to help during a time of crisis. Go to redcross.org/volunteer

Blood Donor Ambassadors and Blood Donor Screeners help register and pre-screen blood donors entering drives or donation centers. Extra procedures and modifications are in place to keep everyone safe. To learn more contact herdie.mathews@redcross.org and to sign up click here.

American Red Cross has a wide variety of important volunteer-from-home opportunities available. Find your opportunity to make a positive impact today! redcross.org/volunteertoday


South Carolina Launches COVID-19 Emergency Supply Portal to Connect Providers With Organizations in Need

A collaboration between SCMEPSC Hospital AssociationSC Department of Commerce and SCBIO has resulted in the expedited launch of a new online South Carolina Emergency Supply Collaborative web portal. The portal connects parties in need of essential supplies and equipment with those that can provide it quickly and efficiently.  It allows industry and community partners with the ability to quickly produce, source, test, certify or contribute critical medical supplies (such as face shields, gowns, ventilators and masks) to directly connect with the health care providers, first responders and members of industry in search of those essential supply needs in one easy step. Check out the website.


Funds Still Available Through SC Thrive’s COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program

SC Thrive’s COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program, which was designed to provide emergency rental assistance to South Carolinians facing financial hardships because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, still has funding available and is accepting applications.

Helping the Helpers: Ways You Can Support Tidelands Health

Help support Tidelands Health and our community. Check out their website and discover ways you can help through food donations, financial support, hand-sewn masks and more.


McLeod Health Seeking Medical Supply Donations

McLeod Health is accepting donations of personal protective equipment and other essential medical supplies. Visit their website to see a list of needed items and learn about other ways you can help with a monetary gift.


Anchor Storage Solutions Portable Food Banks – Help Feed the Hungry

Drop off nonperishable food/toiletry items at any Anchor Storage Solutions Portable Food Banks across the Grand Strand. Essential items in highest demand include:
• Bottled Water
• Gatorade
• Canned Tuna & Chicken
• Peanut Butter
• Granola or Protein Bars
• Canned Soup
• Hand Sanitizer

Drop off your items between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. All nonperishable food items will be accepted. Your donations are dropped off to area food banks weekly. Portable Food Boxes are donated by Anchor Storage Solutions. Supporting nonprofits throughout the Grand Strand.


Portable Food Box Donation Sites (View more sites online)
Boulineau's Food Store, 212 Sea Mtn Hwy, North Myrtle Beach, SC
The Boathouse, 201 Fantasy Harbor Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC
St Paul's Angelican Church, 701 Main St, Conway, SC
Planet Fitness, 2300 Church St, Conway, SC
WMBF TV Station, 918 Frontage Rd E, Myrtle Beach, SC
Grace Anglican Parish, 10373 Hwy 90, Little River, SC
Planet Fitness, 1049 Glenforest Rd, Myrtle Beach, SC 
Celebration Presbyterian Church, 2300 Carolina Forest Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 

How can you help? Are you a landlord or property manager? Contact us to set up a portable food box at your location! Call 843-365-1333.
Anchor Storage also has inside collection boxes available for businesses. Call to request a box.

Are you looking for volunteer opportunities? Contact us to see how you can help! Call 843-365-1333.
 
Help Feed the Hungry. Call 843-365-1833.











Meals On Wheels of Horry County

Meals On Wheels of Horry County needs volunteers for meal delivery and kitchen assistance. To volunteer your services, call 843-970-2330, ext. 3. Meals on Wheels is privately funded through donations and fundraisers. To make a monetary donation, visit their website.


Food Donations Needed 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our local food pantries are working overtime to ensure that Horry County residents are getting the proper nutrition needed to stay healthy. Each organization is currently taking donations. The following are items that are in high demand and needed the most at this time. You can also donate gift cards or make a donation.

Catholic Charities: 2294 Technology Boulevard, Conway, SC

  • Dried Fruits
  • Canned Fruits
  • Snack Size Fruit Cups
  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Pasta - spaghetti, macaroni, pasta sides
  • Rice (1-2lb bags)
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Tuna (individual cans or packs
  • Chicken (individual cans)
  • Granola Bars
  • Shelf Stable Milk

 
Churches Assisting People (CAP): 307 Wright Boulevard, Conway, SC

  • Grits
  • Oatmeal
  • Canned Meat
  • Pork and Beans
  • Instant Potatoes
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Lima Beans
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Canned Spaghetti
  • Canned Carrots
  • Canned Potatoes
  • Canned Vegetables 


North Strand Helping Hand: 2501 Long Bay Road, Longs, SC

  • Rice
  • Dry Pasta of any kind 


The Salvation Army: 1415 2nd Avenue, Conway, SC

  • Meats (frozen or canned)
  • Kid Snacks (snacks, cereals, chips, etc)
  • Dry Pasta
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Shelf Stable Foods such as pop-top cans that do not need to be warmed or cooked

IMPACT Ministries Needs Food to Help Families in Need

If any hotel partners have any dated food products that they may be willing to donate to assist families in need, please contact IMPACT Ministries at 843-628-5300 or email info@impactmb.org.


Sonshine Recovery Ministries Seeking Donations

Sonshine Recovery Ministries are in need of food donations and or money donations. Check their Facebook page for a list of needed items facebook.com/Sonshinerecoveryministries


Anderson Oaks Assisted Living Looking for Birdseed

Anderson Oaks Assisted Living is in need of birdseed as the residents enjoy watching the birds and they cannot go out to get any birdseed. Please contact them at 843-347-9280 to donate.


Barnabas Horse Foundation Asking for Monetary Donations to Care for Horses

Barnabas Horse Foundation is in need of monetary donations in order to care for all of their horses. If anyone is interested in donating, contact Sue at suem@barnabashorse.org or 843-241-3331.


Hand Sanitizers/Disinfectant Wipes Needed

Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) is in need of the following supplies for volunteer drivers:

  • Hand sanitizer (250-300 needed)
  • Disinfectant wipes (enough for 300 drivers)
     

N2N drivers provide rides to the most vulnerable to this virus: Seniors.

Contact Jason.Walter@riden2n.org and/or 843-260-8358 with your donations.


New Directions Needs Volunteers & Food

Volunteers 
New Directions needs volunteers to serve lunch and dinner. They have dinner dates open for every night from 6-8  p.m. and every lunch date open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Food
Also if anyone knows of local restaurants that have closed down but still have food they need to get rid of, please let them know about the shelter. They are also struggling with food donations, so any restaurant that can deliver food to them either ready to eat or just left over would be helpful.  


Myrtle Beach Vet Center Seeking Gift Cards

Myrtle Beach Vet Center is assisting veterans during this time and would welcome gift cards for them. Please contact Chris Aranda at Christopher.Aranda@va.gov


Grand Strand Humane Society Needs Food, Donations & Foster Families

Grand Strand Humane Society needs your help. Please donate pet food, make a donation and foster animals. Contact them at 3241 Mr. Joe White Ave, Myrtle Beach, 843-918-4910, facebook.com/pg/mbgrandstrandhumanesociety/posts/?ref=page_internal


Complimentary Health Consultation

Kristi Falk, with the Diabetic Wellness Council, is offering a free 15 minute consultation either online or by phone to help people improve their blood sugar numbers. People with diabetes have a lowered immune system, and if the numbers are not in good control then the immune system is weakened even more. Please call 843-236-1928 to schedule a consult.


Discounted Transportation

Carolina Limo is willing to help transport anyone if needed. To receive a discounted trip to the store, doctor, etc. call them at 843-294-5466.


Wall System and Dividers

Skutchi Designs stocks office furniture and can supply their wall system and dividers in as little as 72 hours for labs, hospitals, etc. Please email them at sales@skutchi.com or call 888-993-3757 during our regular business hours of 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.


Service Companies Respond to COVID-19 With Multiple Economic Initiatives for Members

AT&T - Waiting domestic wireless voice and data overage fees. Learn More

Frontier - Customers have no data caps and unlimited data usage. Learn More

Georgetown County Water & Sewer - Disconnection of services are suspended for non-payment effective immediately. Learn More

Horry Electric Cooperative – Disconnects are on hold on all accounts and they will remain on hold until the state of emergency in our area is lifted. Learn More

HTC – HTC announces suspension of disconnects and late fees, bill credits, and a delay on rate adjustments. Learn More

Santee Cooper – Santee Cooper will not be disconnecting power for delinquent bills until further notice. Learn More Customers also can use the customer service portal, MEL, to see your usage, pay your bill and chat with a customer service representative from your desktop or an app on your phone.

SC Electric & Gas - All service disconnects for nonpayment have been suspended. Learn More

Spectrum – Through June 30, Spectrum is partnering with school districts to help students learn remotely, open WiFi hotspots across for public use and continue to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, their high-speed broadband program to eligible low-income households. Learn More

Sprint - Not terminating service for unpaid bills due to the coronavirus and waiving late fees. Learn More

Verizon - Customers will not incur late fees or termination until 6/30/2020. Learn More


FIND LOCAL FARM-FRESH FOOD DURING COVID-19

South Carolina farms and businesses offerings delivery, on-farm pickup, CSAs, and other options during social distancing. Read More


Superstar SEO Offering Free Marketing Services

Superstar SEO is offering free marketing services: Email info@superstarseo.com, call 843-855-8788 or go online

  • SEO
  • Social Media
  • Email Marketing and Automation
  • PPC Management
  • Video Marketing
  • Consulting​​​​

MIM Media Helping Promote Businesses

MIM Media is available to shoot video for social or TV to promote new hours for businesses, restaurants takout, curbside, delivery services, real estate listings, etc. Give Matthew Carfora a call at 508-361-8020 or email him at matt@mimmedia.net.


BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Waives Cost-Sharing for In-Network COVID-19 Treatment

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina is waiving all out-of-pocket costs related to in-network COVID-19 medical treatment for members.

 

 

 

 

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