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Free Tax Return Preparation for You by Volunteers

The Cooperative Ministry’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to families with a household income of less than $50,000.  IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities.
In partnership with United Way of the Midlands, The Cooperative Ministry offers tax assistance sites every year in Richland, Lexington, Fairfield and Newberry counties.

This year’s VITA kick off will take place February 2nd from 10am-2pm at The Cecil Tillis Center located at 2111 Simpkins Lane in Columbia.

The free income tax preparation is available to ensure hardworking families take advantage of all Earned Income and Child Tax Credits, leading to larger refunds and nearly immediate extra cash. VITA Director Ron King has been heading the program since it started 5 years ago. “Over that time thanks to the help of some wonderful volunteers, we’ve processed more than 8-thousand tax returns totaling more than 10 Million Dollars in refunds and tax credits in the Midlands.

VITA Volunteers promote Financial Stability. “The goal of this program is to help people maximize their income and plan for the future,” said Mac Bennett, President and CEO of United Way of the Midlands. “We are grateful to all of the partners and volunteers who make VITA successful year after year and have a tremendous impact where it’s needed most.”

When coming in for an appointment to have 2012 taxes done, participants should bring in a photo ID, Social Security card for all household members and W2s received from an employer.

For more information on this year’ Tax Prep Sites visit www.coopmin.org and click on VITA under “How We Help.”

Contact Ron King  to make your VITA appointment today!

Rking@coopmin.org

 

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Show Us Your Mug!

Boil us some collards and butter our cornbread!

Lizard’s Thicket is celebrating its 35th anniversary by joining The Cooperative Ministry in #fightingpoverty.

From January 28th until February 3rd if you purchase one of the cool mugs pictured below for $5 at any of the 14 Midlands Lizard’s Thicket Restaurants the proceeds benefit Cooperative Ministry programs! Hope to see your MUG at the Thicket next week!

 

Please snap a picture of you with your mug and send it to kmeador@coopmin.org. Join the Co-op in #fightingpoverty next week at the restaurant that serves Country Cookin’ that makes you Good Lookin’!

 

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Job Opening

 

Mechanic Needed for C.A.R. Program

 

Job Responsibilities

·    Perform maintenance and minor repairs with efficiency

·    Evaluate donated vehicles to determine if it is economical to repair them

·    Diagnose and repair vehicle automotive systems including engine, transmission, electrical, steering, suspension, braking, air         conditioning, etc. to specification

·    Provide labor and time estimates for additional automotive repairs

·    Explain mechanical diagnoses and required repairs in a non-technical manner to C.A.R. Program Director

· Inspect and test vehicles and record findings so that necessary repairs can be made.

 

Job Requirements

·    Minimum of 5 years of experience as an automotive technician/mechanic

·    Hold a valid driver’s license

·    Team oriented, flexible and focused on maintaining a high level of customer service

·    Working knowledge of shop equipment such as wheel and tire equipment, alignment system, diagnostic equipment, AC equipment, etc.)

·    Preferably hold an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification

 

For More Information Contact Angelyn Larman @ 803-799-3853 ext 512

E-mail: alarman@coopmin.org

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Free Tax Return Prep Program Needs Volunteers

The Cooperative Ministry’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to families with a household income of less than $50,000. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities.
In partnership with United Way of the Midlands, The Cooperative Ministry offers tax assistance sites every year in Richland, Lexington, Fairfield and Newberry counties.

You don’t have to be a business major to volunteer with VITA. People from all walks of life have helped others through this program. The Cooperative Ministry will help you obtain IRS Certification. One young lady who received free help through VITA in the past is volunteering this year.

This year’s kick off will take place February 2nd from 10am-2pm at The Cecil Tillis Center located at 2111 Simpkins Lane in Columbia. 150 volunteers have signed up to help so far, but we could use more people to ensure we can meet the need in local communities.

The free income tax preparation is available to ensure hardworking families take advantage of all Earned Income and Child Tax Credits, leading to larger refunds and nearly immediate extra cash. VITA Director Ron King has been heading the program since it started 5 years ago. “Over that time thanks to the help of some wonderful volunteers, we’ve processed more than 8-thousand tax returns totaling more than 10 Million Dollars in refunds and tax credits in the Midlands.

VITA Volunteers promote Financial Stability. The Cooperative Ministry is fighting poverty through Crisis Assistance and Sustainability programs. With a focus on cultural literacy and a commitment to addressing root cause. It is our mission to stamp out poverty by moving Midlands families closer to the ultimate goal of self-sufficiency. In 2011, over 20,000 people were served by our programs.

For More Information Contact Kara Meador at kmeador@coopmin.org


About The Cooperative Ministry
The Cooperative Ministry is Fighting Poverty through Crisis Assistance and Sustainability programs. We strive to stamp out poverty by moving Midlands families closer to the ultimate goal of self-sufficiency. In 2011, over 20,000 people were served by our programs.The Cooperative Ministry was founded by five downtown Columbia congregations in 1982 with the goal of establishing a collaborative method of administering assistance to those in need, while preventing duplication of services.To learn more visit. www.coopmin.org

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The Cooperative Ministry’s C.A.R. Program Revved up in 2013

 

Rob and Irene Tyson donated their 1994 Ford truck to The Cooperative Ministry’s C.A.R. program because they want to help transform lives.  The Community Auto Repository (C.A.R.) is the only program in the Midlands where your vehicle will be used to keep hardworking people in jobs.

“There are others we could have given it to, but Rob and I like that it will help people support themselves to earn a living or get to school,” Irene says.

Recipients of vehicles are low-income individuals in our community—people who have jobs, and need transportation to retain employment. The Cooperative Ministry also donates vehicles to young adults aging out of foster care who are enrolled full time in school.

The Tyson’s pick up arrived in South Carolina from Mississippi in 2005. Irene’s dad thought his truck would be perfect for his grandchildren as they started getting their drivers licenses.  That was the plan, but in the end it was Rob Tyson, a former Richland One School Board Member, who found himself behind the wheel. The truck gained new life as Rob drove it to and from his offices at Sowell, Gray, Steppe and Lafitte, LLC.

“The truck sometimes shakes and rattles, but it always rolls,” Rob says.
This is the second vehicle the Tyson’s donated to The Cooperative Ministry’s Car program.

C.A.R is Making A Difference
20 cars were donated to hardworking people and foster children in 2012. We are hoping to increase that number in 2013. It’s a win-win situation for everyone, because when you donate to C.A.R. you’re helping others and The Cooperative Ministry is the only 501c3 in the state that can offer up to a fair market value tax deduction.

Currently, the Tyson’s truck is getting a check up by mechanics at The Cooperative Ministry.


For more information on how to donate a vehicle please contact Cooperative Ministry C.A.R. Program Director Angelyn Larman at 803-799-3853 ext 512

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