Buchanan Construction Services Updates The Cooperative Ministry Clothing Bank

Each year we help hundreds of families get the clothing and shoes they need for work and school. We rely on donations from individuals throughout the Midlands to provide items for the needy right here in our own community. In order to properly serve those who come to us for assistance, we need to maintain an inventory of season appropriate clothing in all sizes and to make sure we

Clothing Sorting Donations Needed

This December, the team at Buchanan Construction Services dropped by and helped organize and  revitalize our clothing and furniture bank, making it easier for our team to provide the items and sizes needed by the individuals who come to us for help.

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We’re so grateful to our friends at Bucanan Construction and for the work they do serving the community. The Cooperative Ministry would not be the same without your generosity and giving spirit.


What Happens When you Donate your Old Vehicle to the Cooperative Ministry?

Donated vehicles are used to help hard working individuals get to work each day or sold to cover the cost of repairing vehicles and fund other programs and services of the Cooperative Ministry.

Where Does your Donated Car Go?

Suitable vehicles will help a hard working individual right here in the Midlands, providing safe and reliable transportation for work; all other vehicles are sold at auction and proceeds will fund other programs and services of The Cooperative Ministry.  Here are a few of our recent recipients and their stories:


As always, your automobile, boat or motorcycle donation is tax deductible and free pickup is available.

We thank you for all you do for the hard working poor right here in our own community — we couldn’t do what we do without you!

Contact us to learn more about this promotion and to donate your used vehicle today.



“Coats for a Cause” is a Huge Success

Jim Hudson’s Automotive Group, Tripp’s Fine Cleaners & WIS TV teamed up in what was more than a heart warming gesture.  With the help of the media, the incredible people at Jim Hudson’s and Tripp’s encouraged people to drop of coats to any of their locations.


In a little over two weeks, they netted over 2-thousand coats that we were able to distribute to our clients. In addition to the families that came through our doors in need of a warm jacket, we were also able to provide coats to over two dozen families living at St. Lawrence Place.



TCM Holiday Programs Touch Hundreds of Children in Local Shelters

Circle of Giving

Circle of Giving

For over two decades, The Cooperative Ministry has joined hands with the incredible congregation of Eastminster Presbyterian Church for “Circle of Giving.”Circle of Giving offers the chance for children who are living in 7 area shelters a chance to experience what the Christmas season is all about.When they arrive, the kids get to shop for immediate family members by picking from an assorted by gifts donated in large part by the Eastminster
The goal is for these children to forget about the struggles of their daily lives for a few minutes and just be kids. If you ask people who’ve taken part, they will tell you that Circle of Giving is a life- changing experience.
And this year for the very first time, The Cooperative Ministry was able to spearhead an effort to “Make A Case,” for the children at Epworth Children’s Home.

Buchanan Construction Helps  "Make a Case"

Buchanan Construction Helps “Make a Case”

The Cooperative Ministry teamed up with  “Race for a Case” founder Heather Smith. When Smith adopted her daughter, she was disturbed to see all of her child’s belongings in a
garbage bag.” My heart sunk when I realized these poor children had to keep their belongings in trash bags. I vowed to never have another child suffer that indignity again, so I made it my mission to provide every child in foster care with one suit case to call their own.” Smith says.
“ This partnership was meant to be,” said Cooperative Ministry Executive Director Beth Irick.”   The Cooperative Ministry received a donation of new suitcases to supplement what Smith already had,” Irick says. “And The Cooperative Ministry also had a lot toiletries to help fill them with.”
A team from Buchanan Construction Services volunteered to help pack and deliver the bags to the kids at Epworth.  Thanks to this team effort, all 93 children living at Epworth Children’s Home at the time of the delivery received a bag and the goodies inside.
Volunteers Pack Cases

Volunteers Pack Cases

Volunteers "Make a Case"

Volunteers “Make a Case”


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.
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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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