Event Alert! August Book Festival to Benefit The Cooperative Ministry

Rare Books, Author Appearances and More.
The Cooperative Ministry is sponsoring a book festival on Saturday, August 26 at the MassMutual building at 1600 St Julian Place, Columbia South Carolina 29204.  The festival hours will be 7 AM until 7 PM.
Used and rare books will be available for sale during the day.  Over 500 books from David Hodges’ South Carolina collection along with significant remnants from the collections of August Kohn, Julian and Helen Kohn Hennig, and Claude and Irene Neuffer will be offered for sale. All sales will go to The Cooperative Ministry.

Guest Authors for The Cooperative Ministry Book Festival

Guest authors will attend the festival during the day including Walter Edgar, Satch Krantz, Derek Thomas, Ken Wingate, Wilmot Irvin, Lucie Eggleston, Lee Brockington, Anita Turnage, Catherine Matthews and Miles Hayes.  When possible, these authors will bring books they have published to sell for the benefit of The Cooperative Ministry.

In addition, Walter Edgar is donating five boxes of books from his personal library and Miles Hayes is donating a box of books from his personal library. 

Something for Everyone and Every Interest

Book prices will range from $5 to $1,000.  We have children’s books, books about fly fishing, Southern books, religious books, South Carolina books, beach books, cook books, rare and collectible books and books about books. Whether you are a collector, student, parent or grandparent — or just an avid reader, you’ll find a treasure at the Book Festival.

Event Details:

THE COOPERATIVE MINISTRY BOOK FESTIVAL
Hosted at MassMutual Carolinas
1600 St. Julian Place
August 26, 2017
7am-7pm

J. W. Hunt and Company, LLP generously has offered the use of their parking lot next door to the MassMutual building.

The Happy Café, located at 4525 Forest Drive in Columbia, generously has offered The Cooperative Ministry lunch vouchers to sell on August 26 with all proceeds going to The Cooperative Ministry.

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Buchanan Construction Services Updates The Cooperative Ministry Clothing Bank

Each year we help hundreds of families get the clothing and shoes they need for work and school. We rely on donations from individuals throughout the Midlands to provide items for the needy right here in our own community. In order to properly serve those who come to us for assistance, we need to maintain an inventory of season appropriate clothing in all sizes and to make sure we

Clothing Sorting Donations Needed

This December, the team at Buchanan Construction Services dropped by and helped organize and  revitalize our clothing and furniture bank, making it easier for our team to provide the items and sizes needed by the individuals who come to us for help.

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We’re so grateful to our friends at Bucanan Construction and for the work they do serving the community. The Cooperative Ministry would not be the same without your generosity and giving spirit.

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What Happens When you Donate your Old Vehicle to the Cooperative Ministry?

Donated vehicles are used to help hard working individuals get to work each day or sold to cover the cost of repairing vehicles and fund other programs and services of the Cooperative Ministry.

Where Does your Donated Car Go?

Suitable vehicles will help a hard working individual right here in the Midlands, providing safe and reliable transportation for work; all other vehicles are sold at auction and proceeds will fund other programs and services of The Cooperative Ministry.  Here are a few of our recent recipients and their stories:

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As always, your automobile, boat or motorcycle donation is tax deductible and free pickup is available.

We thank you for all you do for the hard working poor right here in our own community — we couldn’t do what we do without you!

Contact us to learn more about this promotion and to donate your used vehicle today.

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TCM Names Director of Financial Stability Programs

We are excited to introduce you to Jessica Grote, The Cooperative Ministry’s Director of Financial Sustainability Programs.  This University of South Carolina graduate double majored in Finance and Accounting.

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Jessica Grote Joins Cooperative Ministry Team

“I chose The Cooperative Ministry because I wanted to work for an organization that is improving our community,” Grote says.

In addition to overseeing The Cooperative Ministry’s successful Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, and Financial Sustainability classes, she will manage all client-related aspects of the Autos for Opportunities program.

Executive Director Beth Irick says, “We are thrilled to have Jessica as part of our team. Her knowledge, enthusiasm and heart for helping others will impact our programs and the clients we serve.

Grote’s number one goal?

“My number one goal is to PREPARE people for emergencies- so that when crisis happens they will feel mentally prepared and financially stable enough to handle the situation,” Grote says.
Grote has a passion for helping hard-working people become more self-sufficient. In addition to her day job,  Jessica serves on the Board of Advisors as the Treasurer of Hannah House.  She also teaches a financial sustainability class at Hanna House.


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