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A Life-Changing Tax Deduction

Instead of trading your used vehicle, or going through the hassle of selling it yourself, consider Autos for Opportunities and forever change the life of someone in need.

Help keep Midlands working poor employed. Your donated vehicle can be someone’s transportation to work.  When you donate,  you Qualify for a tax write-off and pick up is FREE.  To donate a vehicle all you need is your title. Call 803-799-3853 ext 119 for more information.

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Jessica’s Journey Leads to Autos for Opportunities

“This is a real blessing … I felt like God was going to (provide).”

Jessica’s smile warmed the chilly morning she visited The Cooperative Ministry to pick up the car she received through Autos for Opportunities.

Jessica Receives a Car. (phote credit:Rachel Ham)

Jessica Receives a Car.
(photo credit:Rachel Ham)

Jessica says she can feel a shift in her life.  This single mother from Lexington is the first Autos for Opportunities recipient of the New Year.

She has held a steady job at a Midlands restaurant chain for years. Often walking to work 8 miles round trip, Jessica feared for her life as she hugged the shoulder of the road in the darkness of night.

Her life took another harrowing turn when Jessica says she became the victim of domestic violence. In an attempt to protect her baby daughter, Jessica moved in with her family, but the home was deemed unsafe to raise a child. With nowhere else to go, Jessica found respite in a women’s shelter in Lexington.

“It hasn’t been easy,” Jessica says, but getting a car through Autos for Opportunities has increased her drive to pursue a long-term goal.

“I really want to go to school and become a nursing assistant. I want a better life for my daughter,” Jessica says.

Jessica’s story garnered a lot of attention from the local media.

Photographers from WACH Fox and WIS Interview TCM Ex. Dir. Beth Irick

Photographers from WACH Fox and WIS Interview TCM Ex. Dir. Beth Irick

“We’re so pleased with the media coverage of this important story,” says Cooperative Ministry Executive Director Beth Irick. “We hope when people see how donating their old car can completely change a life, they will consider donating to Autos for Opportunities.”

The Cooperative Ministry is currently experiencing a shortage of vehicles. Right now, over 30 hardworking people like Jessica are on the Autos for Opportunities waiting list.

Autos for Opportunities applicants have to be employed and they have to be able to afford the costs associated with owning a vehicle.

In a study of upward mobility, transportation was listed as crucial for families trying to escape poverty.

“Autos for Opportunities can be life-changing,”  Irick says. “We’ve seen it first hand.”

For more information on how you can donate a car and receive a tax deduction call 803-799-3853.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ColaDaily.com Features “Autos for Opportunities” Program

Lexington mom ready to pay it forward with gift from Cooperative Ministry

ColaDaily.com is your source for free news and information in Columbia and the Midlands.

A local single mom already is thinking of ways to pay it forward after she received a life-changing gift Wednesday morning.

Jessica, a Lexington resident and mother to a 6-month-old daughter, is the first 2016 recipient of a vehicle from The Cooperative Ministry’s Autos for Opportunities program. Some cars donated to the Columbia-based nonprofit are turned into funding for supplies and goods for clients, but those that are low-maintenance and in good working condition are given to individuals in need.

Jessica gets the keys and gets ready to pick up her daughter. (photo by Rachel Ham)

Jessica gets the keys and gets ready to pick up her daughter. (photo by Rachel Ham)

Autos for Opportunities applicants must be employed and be able to afford the costs associated with keeping a vehicle running in order to be eligible. Jessica has been steadily employed for several years and used to walk 8 miles to work.

Jessica’s situation was further complicated when she became a victim of domestic violence. Wanting to protect her daughter, Jessica moved back in with her family but later had to relocate to a women’s shelter in Lexington.

Jessica has leaned on others at the shelter for transportation to doctor’s appointments and to her job. Now with her own wheels, she said she’s already planning to pitch in and help out those who don’t have vehicles as a way of giving back where she’s living.

“This is a real blessing … I felt like God was going to (provide),” she said.

A car of her own also will help Jessica continue with school to become a nursing assistant, something she was motivated to do after becoming a mom.

“But I’m not stopping there,” she said. “I want to get my associate’s degree.”

The Cooperative Ministry gave away 12 cars last year to through Autos for Opportunities.

“In a study of upward mobility … transportation was listed as crucial for families trying to escape poverty,” Cooperative Ministry Executive Director Beth Irick said. “Autos for Opportunities can be life-changing. We have seen it first-hand.”

There are more than 30 people on Autos for Opportunities waiting list as the program is experiencing a shortage of donated vehicles.

“We appeal to the Midlands to help us keep more people working and self-sustaining,” Irick said.

Donations to The Cooperative Ministry are tax-deductible. Find more information on giving and volunteering on nonprofit’s website.

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Tax Season Is Here!

File your Taxes for FREE with The Cooperative Ministry! We just added a new location!

VITA Services now available at:

Camden First Community Development Corporation

704 Dekalb Street, Camden, 29020

Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Appointment Only: Contact Eboni Griper 803-432-3101

Check the flyer for more locations close to you.

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We Need VITA Volunteers

You dont have to be a math whiz, or a computer genius to become a VITA volunteer.  The Cooperative Ministry will provide you with the training you will need to have a rewarding experience, as you work one on one with people in our community.

The Cooperative Ministrys Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to families with a household income of less than $54,000.

 If you have volunteered with VITA before, a required refresher training course will be offered on the dates listed below between 5:30pm and 8:30pm. Both dates are required.

 11/3 & 11/5 Forms, Tax Wise and Tax Law

11/17 & 11/19 Forms, Tax Wise and Tax Law

12/1 & 12/3 Forms, Tax Wise and Tax Law

1/5 & 1/7 Forms, Tax Wise and Tax Law

 New Volunteer Training will be offered on November 7th, November 21st, December 5th and January 9th  between 8:30am and 3:30pm with a 1 hour break

 

For more information on how you can become a VITA Volunteer contact Latanya Grant at 803-799-3853 x605


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