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Weekend Backpack Food Program donations, volunteers

The Cooperative Ministry needs volunteers.

  • Clothing and furniture bank: Volunteers are welcome as individuals and in groups of five or less. Monday-Thursday by appointment. Masks are required. Gloves are also required and will be provided. Hand sanitizer is readily available.
  • Front office: Volunteers are needed to serve in front-office reception, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon. Telephone reception only; no pubic contact. Safety protocols respected.
  • For more information on volunteerism at The Cooperative Ministry, please contact Rhemie Gantz, volunteer coordinator, 803-799-0932 or

More ways to get involved. The Cooperative Ministry is experiencing rising numbers in requests for assistance with basic human needs, including clothing and food. Donations are accepted at  3821 W. Beltline Blvd. at the clothing bank entrance, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Friday, 9 a.m.

Food is best delivered in boxes or durable bags. For a list of items for the emergency food pantry, click here. Clothing must be delivered in bags that can be tied or secured at the top. Clothing is being quarantined for two weeks before being sorted and stored in our clothing bank. As always, we are in need of larger sized clothing that can be worn to work.

Your donation of food and clothing allows hurting families to direct their funds to other needs like rent and utility payments, transportation, or childcare expense during the pandemic.

Furniture donations needed. Both Family Promise of the Midlands and The Cooperative Ministry need household items such as furniture and small appliances to assist families in need.

  • Family Promise needs living room and bedroom furniture; mattresses; kitchen tables and chairs; TVs (flat screen preferred); pots and pans; and small kitchen appliances such as microwaves, toasters, toaster ovens and mixers. Items may be dropped off 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Family Promise Day Center, 2501 Heyward St. For information, please call 803-832-4765.
  • The Cooperative Ministry has a waiting list of households needing furniture such as beds, tables (both for eating and for bedside), and chairs. Donations can be made at the clothing and furniture bank in the rear of The Cooperative Ministry facility, 3821 West Beltline Blvd. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. For information, please call 803-799-3853.

Buying a new car? The Cooperative Ministry accepts all cars, including what many would call junk. Donated cars can be sold for cash, which is an important revenue stream for the general budget and in carrying out its mission. When a donated car can provide reliable transportation, it is given to a carefully screened individual on a waiting list to receive a car. Transportation is often the one thing that prevents someone from a job leading to a self-sustaining lifestyle. Click here for more information.