How to Help
Your gifts of time, talents and treasure make it possible to reach more people in our community who are homeless, hungry, unemployed, have no health insurance, or experiencing financial difficulties. Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry is known as “The Hub Organization” because we serve the clients of most other nonprofits in the area. Support of GHCCM helps those being served by other agencies, such as Red Cross, Safe Harbor Rescue Mission, Salvation Army, ECCCM, Habitat for Humanity, Flynn Christian Home, Exodus Homes, Women's Resource Center, Family Guidance Center, Soup Kitchens, and so forth.
The idea of a cooperative Christian ministry began in 1968 when a group of ministers in the Hickory Ministerial Association suggested the formation of an organization to help individuals and groups for crisis assistance. Churches were interested in making sure that their resources were used to provide maximum assistance to those in need and that through cooperation these resources would provide for greater numbers being served. Matthew 25 was the guiding principle for the establishment of Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry (GHCCM) as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. Our goal is to practice what Jesus taught.
The two requirements to be a member church, in our founding documents, include acceptance of Jesus Christ and financial support. Most member churches have GHCCM as a line item in their budget as an outreach arm of their ministry.
We welcome churches to consider supporting GHCCM! We are pleased to be available for presentations at our supporting churches and those interested in finding out more about what we do. Contact us for more information.
Time and Talents
Many of our most significant contributions come from medical professionals and trained volunteers who donate time and services to GHCCM Health Care and Crisis Intervention Services. To get involved, visit our "Volunteer Positions" page.
Every dollar you invest in Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry has a return of $8.00 worth of services for people in Catawba County. Our administrative overhead is less than 8%, which means that 92 cents of every dollar goes directly to the people we serve.
We welcome gifts of all types and will work with you and your financial advisors to maximize the tax benefits for you and the value of your gift to the organization. Many rooms and areas have plaques in honor of individuals, groups, and businesses that have made significant contributions to the Ministry. Click here for plaque list. Naming opportunites still exist.Cash: Your personal cash gift is deductible from your adjusted gross income. Gifts can be made in honor or in memory of friends and loved ones by mailing a donation form with your gift. You may also donate online with a credit card.
Matching Gifts: Often, your gift to GHCCM can be multiplied by matching funds from companies and foundations. Check with your company’s personnel office.
Gifts of Stocks and Bonds: To have stock transferred to our account, please contact Frank Willis at 1-800-873-7388 or 828-322-6930 to obtain our Wachovia Securities account number.
Life Income Gifts: Gifts of appreciated property through a Charitable Remainder Trust can generate income for you with positive tax benefits.
Bequests: You can reduce inheritance taxes by designating in your will specific gifts of cash, property or a percentage of the remainder in your estate.
Lead Trusts: Property or assets can stay in the family while your gift reduces estate taxes and supports GHCCM.
Life Insurance: Designating GHCCM as a beneficiary of a paid-up policy or a new policy helps the organization’s endowment and provides you with a tax deduction.
Real or Personal Property: You can deduct the full-fair market value of gifts of real estate or personal property (art, antiques, etc.).
Food, Clothing and Furniture: Your donations are an invaluable resource in supplying basic needs of the community. We are available to receive at the Thrift Store back door for your donated clothing and household items during Thrift Store Operating Hours. We receive food donations at our back dock during Nutrition Services Operating Hours.