Here’s How You Helped the Midlands in 2016 — Thank You!

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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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“Coats for a Cause” is a Huge Success

Jim Hudson’s Automotive Group, Tripp’s Fine Cleaners & WIS TV teamed up in what was more than a heart warming gesture.  With the help of the media, the incredible people at Jim Hudson’s and Tripp’s encouraged people to drop of coats to any of their locations.

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In a little over two weeks, they netted over 2-thousand coats that we were able to distribute to our clients. In addition to the families that came through our doors in need of a warm jacket, we were also able to provide coats to over two dozen families living at St. Lawrence Place.

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