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Community Helping Hands

May 2, 2011 7:18:00 PM - thestate.com
The Cooperative Ministry is tapping into the social network to help raise funds for its ongoing charitable efforts.

The agency, which provides crisis assistance to the working poor, is competing with charities across the country for donations ranging from $20,000 to $500,000 through the Chase Community Giving program. Area residents can help by voting through the Chase Community Giving program, currently running on Facebook.

“The impact of what even $25,000 could have on our mission is profound,” said David Kunz, Cooperative Ministry executive director. “In this economy, one in seven people in the Midlands needs our help. They are working hard to make ends meet, and just can’t anymore. They are forced to make decisions between food and rent, keeping the lights on or school supplies for their kids.”

The Chase Community Giving program so far has directed $10 million to national charities through social media networks. The Cooperative Ministry is among 200 charities competing for charitable funds this spring through the program.

Residents can help by visiting the Chase Community Giving program at www.facebook.com/thecooperativeministry and voting. Votes can be submitted once each day.

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