Cooperative Ministry comes under new leadership

The Cooperative Ministry recently named Beth Irick as its new executive director. Irick is a veteran of the nonprofit sector, bringing 20 years of experience to the leadership position.

The Cooperative Ministry's new executive director Beth Irick (photo provided).

The Cooperative Ministry’s new Executive Director Beth Irick (photo provided)

The Columbia native graduated from Columbia Junior College with a degree in retail management and later studied leadership at the University of South Carolina. She also has been a member of the Columbia Rotary Club for the past 15 years.

Irick previously served in several executive roles with the National Kidney Foundation since 1993. She was the chief executive officer of the organization’s South Carolina operations for 15 years when it was a local nonprofit.

After the local chapter dissolved to be a part of the national organization, Irick took helm of the organization’s whole Southeast region and has led it for the past five years promoting its goals, mission and strategic plan.

Irick saw Cooperative Ministry as an opportunity to get back to local, grassroots community service.

“I was looking for a local board of directors that truly impacts the local community with services that were provided by local donors,” she said.

The Cooperative Ministry has spent the past 20 years helping individuals in need by providing a variety of resources like rent, mortgage and utility assistance, food vouchers, donated clothing and furniture and employment needs.

They partner with more than 120 local congregations, agencies, civic and social organizations, foundations, businesses and individuals.

“The Cooperative Ministry is very fortunate and excited about having someone of Beth’s caliber and leadership joining our team,” said Joseph Horne, Cooperative Ministry Board Chairman. “We are confident that Beth’s experience, knowledge, and integrity are a great match for the work, staff, and friends of The Cooperative Ministry. Together we will continue to advance our mission in the Midlands.”

Irick hands Hopkins resident Rhonda Ponds keys to a new car (photo provided).

Irick hands Hopkins resident Rhonda Ponds keys to a new car. (photo provided)

Irick recently participated in The Cooperative Ministry’s Community Auto Repository program, which provides donated cars to individuals to help them retain employment. Those who donate cars get a tax deduction, while those who have jobs but lack transportation, get a vehicle to help keep them employed.

Unusable cars are either sold at auction or sent to an auto salvage where the money is collected to fund the other programs and services The Cooperative Ministry provides.

Irick was able to give Hopkins resident Rhonda Ponds the keys to a pre-owned family sedan.

“It’s a great program,” Irick said. “It’s a win-win for all involved.”

Irick hopes to expand the 32-year-old organization’s footprint in the Midlands.

“I desire to continue to grow the organization and the number of folks we are able to serve in the Midlands,” she said.

Irick said those who desire to donate a car can do so by calling (803) 799-3853 ext. 119.

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