Appalachian Outreach, Inc.

A Little Means a Lot

aka AOI ,Hidden Treasurers   |   GLEN DALE, WV   |  www.appalachianoutreaching.org

Mission

Appalachian Outreach, Inc. helps to relieve the burden of poverty and disaster suffered by the people in West Virginia who through no fault of their own struggle to meet the needs of daily life.

Notes from the nonprofit

AOI has added two other endeavors. The AOI Storehouse is a place for homeowners to acquire new flooring, bath / kitchen cabinets and other items as they become available. AOI pays the freight to bring these items in and charges a cost recovery fee. If we help residents to maintain their homes, we maintain the community. AOI started Hidden Treasurers as a way to pay for four employees. This is where knick-knack items are sold to the public. The revenue pays wages, gives people a second chance and offers low cost items to the public.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Rose Hart

Main address

P.O. BOX 233

GLEN DALE, WV 26038 USA

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EIN

02-0542826

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The needs Appalachian Outreach is trying to address are related to poverty and the effects of disaster in rural areas where other charities do not exist or are too small to meet local needs. It is also an area lacking accessibility and opportunity. West Virginia is entirely in the area called Appalachia. Though many areas of the country are in an economic upswing, this state if falling further behind due to population loss, brain drain, aging, and employment loss due to closure of sectors such as coal mines and chemical production. Even though oil and gas industries are moving in, most workers travel with these companies and are already trained for the jobs. The local residents in WV do not have the necessary skills to take these positions. There is also a huge substance issue that prevents WV residents from being able to secure these positions. WV suffers from repeat flooding. This impacts families and often drops them into poverty which they are rarely able to escape.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Special Projects

Appalachian Outreach has two special projects. The first one is to solicit personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies to take to our delivery area where access and opportunity are so limited. Those on public assistance cannot acquire these items with food stamps.
The second project is to collect items for newborns. This is basically an emergency kit for the first few nights home from the hospital.
For both projects, we receive new knitted and crocheted items from groups and individuals in 35 states and 4 foreign countries.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

AOI delivers new and / or gently used housewares, furniture, building supplies, baby care items and toys to areas of poverty and disaster in WV where other charities do not exist or are too small to meet local needs

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Due to the fact that food stamps are not usable for hygiene items, AOI has developed a special project. The purpose of the project try to provide these items to the areas we serve. AOI has entered into a partnership with WV State Parks and Wild Mountain Soaps. The soaps used in the Park Lodge rooms will be sanitized by Wild Mountain Soaps and given to AOI for distribution

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Baby baskets are prepared with all the essentials that one would need on the first night home with the child. In 2018 we delivered 426 baskets to the areas we serve.
For many families living in rural areas, it is an hour to go to the store if you have a vehicle , gas money and a way to purchase needed items.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

The Storehouse is part of a network that connects the over sourced with under served. We pay freight to Mt. Resource Center or Sharing the Goods to receive kitchen cabinets, bath vanities, showers, flooring ,etc. We then offer these items to the local community for a cost recovery fee for the product.
By helping local residents repair or maintain their homes, we actually maintain the community. We do not have all the nuts and bolts so the customer would also need to make a purchase at the local store. Therefore we all win.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Hidden Treasurers was started as a way to help local residents who may want small items such as knick knacks. We also offer small gift items, housewares and furniture. These items are very low cost and help meet the needs of those with low or fixed income. We also respect the dignity of the recipient by having a slight charge. Items are given when necessary. The purpose of this program is to raise revenue to pay the three warehouse workers that we hired.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Governor's Service Award 2007

State or West Virgina

Recognition for disaster assistance 2011

Mingo Couny Commission

Disaster Assistance Recognition 2012

Governors Office

Disaster Assistance Recognition 2012

Governors Office

Disaster Assistance Recognition 2013

Governors Office

Community Service Achievement Award 2018

Marshall County Chamber of Commerce

Affiliations & memberships

WV Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster 2018

Member of Marshall County Chamber of Commerce 2020

Member of Marshall County Local Emergency Planning Committee 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of groups brought together in a coalition/alliance/partnership

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Social and economic status

Related Program

Deliveries

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Deliveries of furniture, housewares,clothes, personal care items, Baby care items were delivered to these various areas. After deliveries local groups and / or agencies distributed the items.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

AOI is trying to accomplish the building of a network where resources are linked with needs to create a better West Virginia.
We are trying to do this on three fronts:
1. Through our collection of material goods in the northern panhandle and bordering states to take to areas on poverty and disaster in rural areas of WV where resources are limited or unavailable due to the remote locations where these needs are the greatest. Individuals, schools, Churches and businesses contribute to AOI.
2. To enhance and expand or AOI Storehouse locally to assist residents with new building materials and to expand Hidden Treasurers for the sale of furniture and housewares in our local community. It is believed that if AOI can help persons fix and maintain their homes, the community is fixed and maintained. Local merchants have sales of complementary items such as nails and tools. Therefore we all win.
3. AOI is also committed to hiring persons who need a second chance to establish their lives and be productive citizens.

The strategies are as follows:
1. To meet with business leaders, Church leaders and others in the area to keep them informed about the needs of those that AOI serves so as to encourage their donations. The other part of this is to travel around the State to visit areas of need, talk to the civil authorities and Church leaders so as to discover other areas of need and to make arrangements for AOI to deliver to these areas.
2. To continue building the network with Mt.Resources and Sharing the Goods so as to obtain more materials for the Storehouse and Hidden Treasurers. AOI will also pick up donations from donors so that we have more items available for both downstate delivery and Hidden Treasurers.
3. AOI will work closely with the Court system and probation officers to arrange for persons to do their community service at AOI. It is hoped that this will give those persons help and encouragement to continue recovery.

AOI has strong board leadership and is well known in the local community.
AOI is affiliated with the local Chamber of Commerce, the Local Emergency Planning Committee, West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and the Local Long Term Recovery Committee.
There is a strong volunteer base from individuals and schools.
All of these connections have capabilities and expertise that can enhance the work of AOI.
There is a connection with each area we serve so that AOI can better respond to needs in a more timely and effective way.

In 2020 AOI delivered 79.8 tons in 21 deliveries. The tonnage and deliveries will increase as needs become known and contact persons are found.
The Storehouse has moved to a new location. This better serves a low income community and allows for more networking and collaboration to meet current challenges.
Two second - change employees are working full time. Several young adults from Youth Service Systems are working 6 - 8 weeks with AOI for job training.

Financials

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Appalachian Outreach, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Wayne Hardy

EM Media

Term: 2015 - 2021

Jodi Cunningham

Bordas & Bordas

Judy Hunt

City of Benwood

Wayne Hardy

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Terry Grimes

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Melinda Thompson

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Jodi Zusack

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Debbie Michaels

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Cheryl Coffield

Personal Banker

Jeff Parsons

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/10/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

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