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) 799-0932

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

Robert Williams, III

Chairman

Restaurant Operations Manager

Lizard's Thicket

Davis Buchanan

Vice Chairman

President

Buchanan Construction Services

Stephanie Yandle

Secretary

Customer Experience Manager

BlueCross BlueShield

of South Carolina

Steven Hicks, CPA

Treasurer

Senior Relationship Manager
Commercial Banking

TD Bank

Caroline Andrews

District Manager

Capital City District

Wells Fargo

Rev. Wes Church

Senior Pastor

First Baptist Church

Columbia

Bill Edmonds

CEO

Northstar Leadership Solutions

Mike Farmer

Immediate Past Chairman

Regional Vice President

Commercial Banking

TD Bank

Linda Dowson

Accounting Assistant

(803) 748-8910

Tamiko Beckford

Admin Coordinator

(803) 799-3853 x213

Diane Lawson

IPAP Coordinator

(803) 799-3853 x603

 

Carol F. Fowler

Fowler Communications, Inc.

Alexa Godwin

Marketing Manager

Godwin Motors

David Hodges

Agent

Mass Mutual Financial Group

Chief William "Skip" Holbrook

Columbia Police Department

Milton Kimpson

Jim Rourke

Attorney

Nexsen Pruet, LLC

Mark Scriven

Senior Manager

Elliott Davis, LLC

Rev. Derek Thomas

Senior Minister

First Presbyterian Church

Columbia

Mitch Watson, CPA

COO

Carolinas HUB International

Rev. George Wright

Pastor

Shandon Baptist Church

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 Noon

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