In 2018, The Cooperative Ministry served 12,380 people with short-term crisis assistance and long-term sustainability services.
~ 531 households received rent or utility assistance.
~ 6,025 people received food assistance through food vouchers to area food banks or The Cooperative Ministry's crisis food pantry.
~ 6,259 people received free clothing for work or school. Clothing from The Cooperative Ministry is always distributed for free.
~ 8,362 free tax returns were prepared through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). These returns generated $5.6 million in refunds to low-income families.
~ 807 people received help to pay health insurance premiums.
~ 6 people received a car for transportation to work.
Additionally, 497 volunteers served 11,720 volunteer hours in both short-term crisis and long-term sustainability services.
For 37 years, The Cooperative Ministry has served the Midlands working poor. Who are the working poor? Based on 2016 statistics, a single adult in Richland County can live decently on $21,678 annually. The average income of our single clients is $19,354. Our board of directors, staff, partnering churches and organizations, and volunteers work tirelessly to help clients working hard to make ends meet. In fact, The Cooperative Ministry Works Hard for the Working Poor.