By Amanda Fry | Editor
WHEATLAND - Since 1998, the Platte County Ministry Coop has been assisting local residents through difficult times. The organization continues to offer assistance, both financial and spiritual, and remains active in the community. The group lives out their motto, “if it is to be, it is up to me,” by taking a hands-on approach to helping their neighbors.
The Ministry Coop is a group of local volunteers. While it is not affiliated with any one church in Platte County, it relies on local churches and outreaches to help in finding individuals in the community who can benefit from the Coop.
Coop Board member Blinky Byers said that the group, which is a non-profit, helps residents in emergency situations, from assistance with utility bills, to helping with the rent.
“We want the community to know that we are still here, and we are still able to help those in need,” she said.
Byers said that in addition to the financial help, the group utilizes the assistance of local pastors, who are on standby to provide counseling when needed.
Byers said that the organization is unique in that it works to serve residents within Platte County, and none of the money received through donors is spent outside of the area.
Donations go toward hotel vouchers, as well as assistance for groceries or bills that come up for recipients.
In 2016, 54 families received assistance from the Coop, and Byers said that the group hopes to continue to help more individuals for years to come. Relying on donations from the community, she said that the group has always been blessed to have “just enough” in donations to carry them from one year to the next.
For more information on the Platte County Ministry Coop, please contact Blinky at 322-9228.