Information is Power

Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Information is power. The Cooperative Ministry helps the working poor with free tax preparation and health insurance navigation. Individualized expert assistance helps families and individuals move out of poverty through informed life decisions in health insurance options and finances. Tax assistance is available to families making below $52,000 a year. Health care navigation is available to people with incomes between 100% and 400% of the federal poverty level.

Tax Preparation
The Cooperative Ministry has volunteer tax experts who work individually with those in need to complete their taxes and to plan for the best use of their tax return. Too many people in poverty pay too much to have their taxes done and to get a fast return. Too many people who are financially unsophisticated are taken advantage of by a system that entices them in, charges them too much and takes a percentage of their return. The Cooperative Ministry has an army of volunteers who can help.

Refer people you know. Post times for free tax assistance in your workplace. Help us help others get the most back from their hard work! Click here to see dates, times and places for tax assistance.

For more information about VITA tax assistance, call 211 to set up an appointment.

Health Care Insurance Website Navigation
Health navigators sit with individuals to guide them through the health care web site and provide information about implications of available choices. The site works. Time is of the essence. And people’s lives are literally at stake!  With over 750,000 uninsured South Carolinians and over 25% of those living in the Midlands, The Cooperative Ministry and other partners provide trained navigators both at the Ministry and at designated sites in an 11 county area (Richland, Lexington, Fairfield, Newberry, Saluda, Orangeburg, Calhoun, Kershaw, Sumter, York and Greenville).

Health care navigation is available at:

The Cooperative Ministry
3821 West Beltline Blvd
Columbia, SC
Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

South Carolina Progressive Network
Modjeska Simkins House
2025 Marion St
Columbia, SC
11:00 am -6:00 pm
Monday – Friday

They say you cannot avoid death and taxes. Perhaps not. But you can make decisions that impact both- tax preparation to maximize your return and navigation of health insurance to help you live a healthy life for as long as possible.



(803) 799-3853

3821 West Beltline Boulevard

Columbia, SC 29204

Cooperative Ministry