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AmeriCorps / VISTA

Step by Step's Relationship with AmeriCorps

Every day at Step by Step, our VISTAs and AmeriCorps members change lives for the better. Because of this, we know the power of community service firsthand.

Step by Step started in 1988 with 12 kids.

Thirty years later, Step by Step sponsors a wide range of programs designed to help lift West Virginians of all ages out of the poverty that could hold them back. We could not do what we do without VISTA and AmeriCorps members.


All of our programs are all designed to help West Virginians build skills and confidence they need to take the next step, and we can't do it without our VISTA and AmeriCorps members. On a broader level, we help communities grow their capacity to help the people

who live there. Read more about Step by Step.

VISTAs commit to a year of service with a nonprofit or government entity. They work full time to help build their program’s capacity to serve and to sustain. Here's the national website. More about VISTA and AmeriCorps in West Virginia here. 


At Step by Step, our VISTAs help keep our afterschool programs running and provide organizational support that lets us effectively run more than 20 programs in three counties. If you want to learn how organizations work, VISTA is for you. Our AmeriCorps members work directly with the people in those programs. If you're looking for direct service work, AmeriCorps is for you.

VISTA and AmeriCorps members are paid a living allowance by the AmeriCorps program. VISTAs and AmeriCorps members are eligible to receive an education award, while VISTAs can choose either the education award or cash stipend after they complete their service.


Step by Step provides VISTA and AmeriCorps positions for not only our programs, but also for partner programs. We are an AmeriCorps hub. If you think your organization would like to host an AmeriCorps with Step by Step for one or more of those positions, please contact Eva Copeland at

You'll be part of a great group of people!


More than 1,100 people served as VISTAs or AmeriCorps members in WV from 2018 to 2019. A large percentage of them served with Step by Step.

Hear from previous volunteers with Step by Step.

Jesse Ramey

went to Step by Step afterschool as a teen. Although he is no longer serving with us, the impact of his service can be felt today.

Ashley Current aims to be an MD working with low-income families. She feels her time with SBS left her better equipped.


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Eva Copeland

National Service Director

Logan County


Caleb Luther



Benjamin Jarrells

Communication & Outreach VISTA


Brittany Dean

Man Area VISTA


Kierstyn Vanover



Bethany Kinser

Literacy VISTA


Shannon Stone

Chapmanville Area VISTA


Madison Keffer Merrit

Logan Area VISTA


William Turner

Food Security VISTA

Kanawha coming soon!

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