Grow Appalachia  home garden program has helped more

than 900 Logan and Lincoln county families grow part of their own food.

          Thirty years ago, Step by Step started with 12 children.

                  Today, Step by Step programs help more than 1,000 southern West                 Virginia children and families grow, learn and move closer to their  dreams.






















High-quality, afterschool


free of charge, in 13 underfunded

locations in Lincoln, Logan and Kanawha counties..


a free teen mentoring program, now

available in six middle schools in Logan and Kanawha



WV Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Parents Network - new in 2019 - is the latest organization Step by Step has incubated or seeded..


Lincoln County's Big Ugly Community Center, our first project, is still going strong with year-round programming for adults and kids.

Literacy /

Appalachian culture. With a collection of thousands of books, Step by Step promotes literacy and pride.

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 Grow Appalachia  home garden program has helped more

than 900? Logan and Lincoln county families grow part of their own food.


Step by Step is staffed by wonderful, caring people dedicated to a better tomorrow for the children of West Virginia. This is much more than a business .



Founded: 1988, Big Ugly, WV
CEO / founder: Michael Tierney
Number of people on payroll:  105

Budget: $1.2 million

Number of children directly served 2018-19: 1,527
Number of programs incubated or seeded: 25
Board of Directors:

Rachel Dash, WVU Medicine  (Lincoln)

Joyce Floyd, Family Advocate (Randolph)

Trish Hatfield, Character Ethics (Kanawha)

Steve Tuck, Childrens Home Society (Wood)

Ron Sowell, Mountain Stage (Kanawha)

Derrick Gibson, Day Reporting Center (Kanawha)

Carolyn Wesley, Consultant (Kanawha)

Kristen O'Sullivan, WV Healthy Kids and Families (Mercer)

Fun! Every day, the kids build skills in a safe, fun, caring atmosphere.

Funders, current and past:  We are as proud of our local funding as we are of funding from national groups!

21st Century Learning Centers; VISTA; AmeriCorps; The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation; Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation; Governors Summer Youth; Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; WV Humanities Foundation; WV Department of Education; Lincoln County Board of Education; WV Division of Culture and History; Save the Children; Berea College Appalachian Fund; Clay Center; Lincoln County Parks and Rec; Lincoln and logan Partners in Prevention; WV Development Office Flex-E Grant Program; WV Governor's Cabinet on Children and Families; MS Foundation; Drug-Free Communities; Appalachian Regional Commission; Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation; SPFSIG; AppalYouth; MIHOW

Active Partners: PATCH 21 afterschool, American Friends Service Committee; West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families; Coalfield Development Organization; Crittenton Services; Try This WV; Families Leading Change; Our Children Our Future; The WV Council of Churches; Logan County Board of Education: Lincoln County Board of Education; Kanawha County Board of Education; Grow Appalachia [- Lincoln and Logan; The American Legion, WV; Harts Headstart; Institute for Geri Olympics; Appalachian Transition Fellowship; Bridge Valley Community/Technical College; Charleston Job Corps; Charleston Family Enrichment Center; Children's Home Society; Southeastern Community Action (Lincoln Co. HeadStart); WV Education Alliance; Gritts Farm; Homeward Bound Books; Hope Valley Dream Center; Modern Woodsmen of America; Berea College Crafts Program; Allegheny College Booners PRogram; Kanawha Communities That Care; Kanawha County Public Library; Marshall University; Read Aloud WV; Tranformation Specalists; WV Child Advocacy Network; WV Department of Beahvioral Medicine and Psychiatry; Team for WV Children; WV Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Parents Network; WV Public Broadcasting; Words Walking Books; WV Humanities Council

This Web site was created for Step by Step by Kate Long. If you spot any inaccuracies or have ideas, contact