Meet Jane Albright, one of our VITA volunteers. Jane has a background in medical billing, but not in public tax preparation. She decided to become IRS certified to provide free tax returns to low-income individuals because "I have been so blessed in my life. I've recovered from health issues and had great support in caring for my mother. God has brought me through all of it. When I heard about VITA, I just wanted to get involved and give back."
She is volunteering at one of our Richland County locations on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Jane attends Shandon Baptist Church.
Want your taxes done for free? Consider coming to our tax season kick-off event this Saturday from 10 am - 2 pm, where IRS certified volunteers will e-file your tax return at no cost!
This tax season, approximately 26 million working families and individuals will claim the #EITC. Tax time provides a significant financial boost for these tax filers –in some cases, their EITC tax refund can make up as much as 30% of their annual income. #EITCAwarenessDay https://www.irs.gov/credits- deductions/individuals/earned-income-tax-credit/use-the-eitc-assistant
We want to thank Susan Futrell, owner of Just Susan Framing, for her help and donation toward framing these testimonial posters - and others - at our facility on West Beltline Blvd, Columbia.
As we welcome volunteers, clients, and guests to our facility these posters help communicate our mission of service to the working poor and those in crisis.
Thank you, Susan....
We were blessed today with volunteers from Colonial Life in Columbia. Working in two shifts, these eight volunteers served all day in our clothing bank.
First picture, from left, are Sharon Duncan, Breanna Jackson, Dorothy, McCulley, and Brittany Scott; Second picture, from left, are Laurie Branham, Tim Ellis, Amanda Duggan, and Melony Drye.
In 2017, The Cooperative Ministry depended on 15,049 volunteer hours from folk just like these good partners at Colonial Life.
We want to thank Barbara Dotson and the staff at Blue Ribbon Cab for their willingness to volunteer rides and assist The Cooperative Ministry when we have a client in need of a ride.
Again this week, Barbara helped a young adult female who was down on her luck and needed a ride to the bus transit station downtown. Blue Ribbon to the rescue for The Cooperative Ministry.
Our friends at Godwin Motors Inc came by our facility today, shooting one of their Spectrum cable television commercials that specifically promotes our Autos for Opportunities program. Pictured, from left, are Beth Irick, TCM executive director, and Luke Godwin with daughter Hadley.
Autos for Opportunities accepts donated cars of any condition, and proceeds from sales benefit the working poor and those in acute crisis. In 2017, TCM donated 15 cars back to the working poor so those individuals could get or keep a much-needed job.
You can make a year-end donation to The Cooperative Ministry in honor or memory of a friend or loved one.
Your gift helps serve thousands of working poor individuals and families in the Midlands.
Thank you to Southern Mutual Church Insurance Company in Columbia for a nice donation during this end-of-year season. Pictured, left, is Scott Vaughan, our director of development and communications, receiving the check from Matt Quinton of Southern Mutual Church Insurance Company. Matt is also president of the Lexington Sertoma Club.
We learned yesterday that one of our clients with small children had no gifts for Christmas. A call was put out through our staff, and with less than a day's notice our staff responded. Today, we were able, with Santa, to bless the Higgs family with gifts and even a new Christmas tree.
Merry Christmas one and all. The life that's blessed by serving others this Christmas may well be your own.
Reggie Cannimore, left, came by The Cooperative Ministry this morning and donated bags of food items on behalf of his family. Reggie works at Beltline Storage & Office Center - one of our next-door neighbors here on Beltline Blvd. Rhemie Gantz, pictured right, accepts the donation. Rhemie is our client relations manager.
We want to thank Logan Elementary School Counselor Sendrick Putnam and Principal Chris Richards for the school's donation of socks, hats, and gloves. Students K through 10 years old collected these blessings for The Cooperative Ministry.