Forget the Help Wanted Ads. There’s An Innovative New Way to Find a Job.

If we’re really going to take a stab at #FIGHTINGPOVERTY we need to get people back to work. For many who are already working, we need to create jobs that offer a livable wage.

Sometimes finding a job can be a full time job. Hopefully a new technology available to folks in the Midlands of South Carolina will help cut down on the time it takes to find your dream job.

This was the scene as City of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin announced a new technology set up to connect employers and job seekers 



City of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin announces an innovative new way to connect employers to job seekers.


Take a second and check out the link. Employers can post jobs for free and job seekers can have immediate access to the latest job information. Sounds like a win-win situation.  At The Cooperative Ministry, we know #FIGHTINGPOVERTY is a community effort.

If you find a job on the new site, let us know! We’d love to hear about your success.


The Latest Numbers

Latest Poverty Data Highlights Critical Need to Strengthen the Social Safety Net

Poverty remains high, gender poverty gap grows.

The poverty report for 2011 recently released  by the Census Bureau indicates that the poverty rate was 15.0% in 2011, slightly less than the 15.1% rate in 2010, but well above the 12.3%  rate in 2006, the year prior to the beginning of the ‘Great Recession.’  The 15%  rate was the fourth highest in the past 45 years.  The 40.9% poverty rate for single mother families was the highest since 1997.

Adult women had a higher poverty rate than adult men in 2011 as they have had  in every year since official poverty measurement began in the 1960’s.  The poverty rate for women was 14.6% compared to 10.9% for men.  Women were 34% more likely to be poor than men, an increase from the 29% gender poverty gap in 2010.  Legal Momentum has issued a report detailing the disparities, Women’s Poverty in the United States, 2011 – Poverty Rate Remains High, Gender Poverty Gap Grows.

Legal Momentum President Elizabeth Grayer stated:  “The Census data highlight the serious hardship facing many American families in the current economic crisis.  The data indicate a high poverty rate and a continuing gender poverty gap in the United States – facts that underscore the need for a social safety net that is accessible and adequate.  Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), the national welfare program for families with children, is neither. TANF’s sub-poverty benefit levels ensure continued hardship for poor families.  Barriers prevent eligible families from accessing benefits and TANF work rules block parents from participating in education and training programs that offer a permanent escape from welfare and poverty.  The ever-increasing plague of poverty in America warrants an equally strong response.  Congress and the Administration should not delay making sorely needed improvements to the TANF program.”

Grayer also stated:  “While we are disappointed by the high poverty and the gender poverty gap, we are gratified that this year’s poverty report for the first time highlights gender poverty disparities, a step Legal Momentum staff urged Census Bureau staff to take in a meeting earlier this year.”


The GOOD Night 2012

Oh what a night!

This is a scene from the floor as people gathered in celebration of all things GOOD!  The Cooperative Ministry is blessed to have so many GOOD friends. If you didn’t get to see this year’s honorees, check out the videos below.

A celebration of all things good. People gathering with a common goal.

You’ve heard the phrase, a prestigious person “sits on a board.” This honoree is part of so many boards that there is no way he’s doing any sitting. He is a gentlemen with a heart for helping people. The GOOD Night honors Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin

When speaking of poverty Nelson Mandela once said, “Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.”
That’s a quote that could have come from the team at Appleseed Legal Justice Center….

This group is like a case of Red Bull mixed with 5-Hour Energy and ten cases of Diet Coke. To tell you all that this group does for our community would take a week. That’s why The Cooperative Ministry enlisted the incredibly artistic minds of Mad Monkey..



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