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 have completed more than 750 tax returns for low-income households hoping for a much-needed refund. Volunteers are serving in 18 locations throughout the Midlands. Jessica Grote, director of financial stability programs for The Cooperative Ministry, coordinates the VITA program in partnership with United Way of the Midlands. In 2017, 7624 returns were prepared returning $1.93 million in tax credits to low-income households.


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 households received rent or utility assistance.
  • 4,437 people received food assistance.
  • 5,583 people receiving clothing for school and work.
  • 50 households receiving home furnishings.
  • 7,624 tax returns were prepared and returned $1.93 million in tax credits to low-income households.
  • 935 people received help to pay health insurance premiums.
  • 78 financial literacy events reached 641 people.
  • 15 people received a car for transportation to work.

90 cents of ever $1 donated to The Cooperative Ministry is spent on direct program services.



The Cooperative Ministry distributes a simple e-newsletter every three weeks. The newsletter is designed to update our friends on the client stories, services, and news of The Cooperative Ministry. You can subscribe to the newsletter on the Home Page of the website. Here’s a link to today’s newsletter.


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:

Hosted at MassMutual Carolinas
1600 St. Julian Place
August 26, 2017

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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