MISSION FOR THE MIDLANDS

 

To increase the economic self-sufficiency of people experiencing poverty in the Midlands through crisis assistance and sustainability programs.

 OUR HISTORY

 

In 1982, The Cooperative Ministry was founded by five churches (First Presbyterian Church, Main Street Methodist, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Washington Street United Methodist Church, and First Baptist Church) in downtown Columbia. The goal was to establish a collaborative method of administering assistance to those in need, while also preventing the duplication of services.

Today, The Cooperative Ministry is supported by 57 faith partners and more than 70 agencies, civic and social organizations, foundations, small businesses, and individuals. The Cooperative Ministry has thousands of friends who provide financial assistance, as well as more than 15,000 annual volunteer hours at our facility on West Boulevard.

OUR STAFF

Beth Irick

Chief Executive Officer

(803) 799-0934

Akili Harris

Chief Financial Officer

(803) 799-2506

Wanda Pearson

Chief Program Officer

(803) 451-7398

Scott Vaughan

Director

Community Awareness

(803) 799-2428

Bill Taber

Director, Crisis Assistance

(803) 799-5441

Ed Palekas

Director, Financial Sustainability Programs

(803) 799-0935

Rhemie Gantz

Client Relations Manager

803-799-3853 x650

Dave Peoples

Director, Clothing & Furniture Bank

803-799-3853 x312

Sarah Moran Nevarez

Director, Supportive Health Services

(803) 779-5901

Angie Young

ADAP Benefits Coordinator

803-799-3853 x413

Nyccole Thomas

Housing Program Coordinator

803-799-3853 x215

Jessica Hayward

Data Coordinator

803-799-3853 x412

 OUR BOARD

Mike Farmer

Chairman

Regional Vice President

Commercial Banking

TD Bank

Robert Williams, III

Vice Chairman

Restaurant Operations Manager

Lizard's Thicket

Mitch Watson, CPA

Secretary

COO

Carolinas HUB International

Steven Hicks

Treasurer

Assistant VP
Capital Markets

AgFirst Farm Credit Bank

Bill Edmonds

Immediate Past Chair

CEO

Northstar Leadership Solutions

Davis Buchanan

President

Buchanan Construction Services

Rev. Wes Church

Senior Pastor

First Baptist Church

Columbia

Carol F. Fowler

Fowler Communications, Inc.

Linda Dowson

Accounting Assistant

(803) 748-8910

Tamiko Beckford

Admin Coordinator

803-799-3853 x213

Diane Lawson

IPAP Coordinator

803-799-3853 x603

 

Milton Kimpson

David Hodges

Agent

Mass Mutual Financial Group

Chief William "Skip" Holbrook

Columbia Police Department

Jim Rourke

Attorney

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Mark Scriven

Senior Manager

Elliott Davis, LLC

Rev. Derek Thomas

Senior Minister

First Presbyterian Church

Columbia

Rev. George Wright

Pastor

Shandon Baptist Church

Stephanie Yandle

Customer Experience Manager

BlueCross BlueShield

of South Carolina

THE COOPERATIVE MINISTRY

3821 West Beltline Boulevard

Columbia, SC 29204

803-799-3853

info@coopmin.org

OFFICE HOURS

Mon-Thu 9am to 5pm

Fri 9am to 4pm

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