Working Hard for the Working Poor.

This moment, one in two families in the Midlands of South Carolina falls near or below the poverty line. The Cooperative Ministry is here to provide emergency assistance to those in crisis, providing direct assistance, counseling, guidance and prayer. With the support of generous congregations, individuals and companies in our community, we desire to honor God by reflecting divine compassion for those less fortunate — working hard to lift the Midlands' working poor out of crisis and poverty.

Our Program More About Us


    • Post More than 750 tax returns completed

      In the first two weeks of the 2018 tax season, IRS-trained volunteers serving the Midlands through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program

    • Post 2017 Statistics Released

      The Cooperative Ministry has released its 2017 statistical record, showing we helped 12,091 people. Here's how we served them:

      • 463 househ

      • Post E-Newsletter

        The Cooperative Ministry distributes a simple e-newsletter every three weeks. The newsletter is designed to update our friends on the client stories,

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    Wish List

    Food Pantry Needs:
    – Non-perishable proteins, including tuna, beans, meats and peanut butter *no expired items, please
    – Washcloths for hygiene bags
    – Cereal and breakfast items
    – Personal care items including shampoo, conditioner, deodorant and more


    Clothing Bank Needs:
    – Women’s Plus Sized Clothing
    – Children’s clothing sizes 0-8
    – Children’s Shoes in all sizes
    – Men’s Clothing
    – Underwear (all sizes for men, women, and children – new only)
    – Socks (all sizes for men, women, and children)


    – Kitchen tables, chairs, and assorted furniture
    – Misc household items (that do not plug in)
    – Dishes and cookware


    – Crisis assistance volunteers
    – Clothing bank volunteers
    – Data entry and reception desk volunteers
    – Interns and work-study participants


    – Vehicles in running condition for Autos for Opportunities.

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3821 West Beltline Boulevard

Columbia, SC 29204

Cooperative Ministry