Five-Year Vision

Appalachian Outreach, Inc. (AOI) was established over 20 years ago and services communities in West Virginia seeking to ‘Ease the Burden of Poverty’ by providing household, clothing, personal care/hygiene products, and even food in times of need.

We make a direct impact on our clients lives by not only providing them with the products they need, but by physically taking the products to their homes. Completely eliminating the need for them to find transportation for their items.

With trust from donors, a track record of utilizing grant funds with impact, and partnerships in each county we enter, we will expand physical operations and staff to meet needs.

We are viewed as an integral part of the network of charities making a measured impact in the lives of the people we serve in Ohio, Marshall, and Wetzel counties.


  • We focus on serving ZIP codes where there is the greatest need in Ohio, Marshall, and Wetzel counties (as surveyed by the ALICE reports).
  • We provide our core competency services in times of disaster.
  • We partner with established and respected organizations in the counties we serve with MOUs outlining our partnerships.
  • We utilize a voucher system to determine the needs of the clients through community partners.
  • We believe in an empty warehouse because a full warehouse doesn’t help anyone.
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Board of Directors

  • President: Melissa Astipalitis             
  • Secretary: John Parrish      
  • Treasurer: Cheryl Coffield 
  • Members:
    • Janet Nolan
    • Chris Thomas
    • Mike Prascik
  • Ex officio: Terry Grimes

IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) EIN Number 02-0542826