Welcome To Swain County
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Social Services

Community Support

Individuals or groups may donate items for families, making either one-time or repeated donations of new or used items. There are also many ways to help children in foster care. They need the same things as other children, including school supplies, clothes, books, toys, games, gift certificates, recreational activities like dance classes. To send an email to help with this cause, email Bree Clawson

Christmas Project
Each year in early November Swain DSS partners with the Swain County Family Resource Center to assist with identifying families who require some assistance in order to make Christmas for their children a bit brighter. The program is called "Christmas Cheer" and DSS assists the Family Resource Center by taking applications and submitting them. The program usually runs from November to early December. The Family Resource Center kindly coordinates this effort by matching needy children with sponsors, and also sees that the items are delivered to the families by Christmas. If you know of a family in need please contact the Swain Co. Family Resource Center and someone will help with the referral process. If you would like to sponsor a family please contact the
Family Resource Center at 488-7505.

Food Pantry
We are always seeking food donations of non perishables and canned food items for our food pantry from individuals, civic organizations, and church groups. If you are interested in assisting with this effort, please contact our office. To send an email to help with this cause, email Kim Cunningham


Department of Social Services
80 Academy Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

Mailing Address
PO Box 610
Bryson City, NC 28713


Bree Clawson, Interim Director
Phone 828-488-6921
Fax 828-488-8271

Office Hours