Free Financial Ed Classes

The Cooperative Ministry has announced its July-September lineup for free financial education classes.

  • Family Budgeting will be Wednesday, July 25 at Noon.
  • How To Start A Business will be Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Medicare and Insurance will be Wednesday, Sept. 26 at Noon.

Bring a friend.

All classes meet at The Cooperative Ministry, 3821 W. Beltline Blvd, Columbia, SC 29204. (803) 799-0935.
For more information, please email


We need household furnishings

When looking to get rid of your used household furniture – especially tables and chairs – please consider a gift to The Cooperative Ministry.
Our furniture bank needs restocking. All of our furniture is given without fee to the working poor and those facing a crisis like flooding, or a house fire, or an unexpected relocation.

Clothing and furniture donations accepted at:
3821 W. Beltline Blvd. Columbia, SC  29204
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday-Thursday
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Friday

For more information, call (803) 799-3853 ext. 312


Cars are needed

Through its Autos for Opportunities program, The Cooperative Ministry accepts used cars in any condition. We even provide free towing service from Midlands locations. Cars are sold and the proceeds help keep the electricity on, pay a month’s rent, and provide clothing for the working poor who suddenly face a crisis in their lives.

Autos for Opportunities also accepts used, reliable cars that with minimal investment can be donated to pre-qualified individuals needing transportation to a job. Currently, there are 23 people on our waiting list for transportation. All of them are employed, and all of them have participated in our financial sustainability classes. Most of them work in healthcare, food service, or retail. More than three-fourths of them are women, and as many as half have children.

You can donate to The Cooperative Ministry by calling (803) 799-3853, ext. 650 or using this online form for donations.



More than 750 tax returns completed

In the first two weeks of the 2018 tax season, IRS-trained volunteers serving the Midlands through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program have completed more than 750 tax returns for low-income households hoping for a much-needed refund. Volunteers are serving in 18 locations throughout the Midlands. Jessica Grote, director of financial stability programs for The Cooperative Ministry, coordinates the VITA program in partnership with United Way of the Midlands. In 2017, 7624 returns were prepared returning $1.93 million in tax credits to low-income households.


2017 Statistics Released

The Cooperative Ministry has released its 2017 statistical record, showing we helped 12,091 people. Here’s how we served them:

  • 463 households received rent or utility assistance.
  • 4,437 people received food assistance.
  • 5,583 people receiving clothing for school and work.
  • 50 households receiving home furnishings.
  • 7,624 tax returns were prepared and returned $1.93 million in tax credits to low-income households.
  • 935 people received help to pay health insurance premiums.
  • 78 financial literacy events reached 641 people.
  • 15 people received a car for transportation to work.

90 cents of ever $1 donated to The Cooperative Ministry is spent on direct program services.

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(803) 799-3853

3821 West Beltline Boulevard

Columbia, SC 29204

Cooperative Ministry