Our Status

We are a West Virginia Corporation Having 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Status. We were Incorporated August 27, 2001; Gained Nonprofit Status March 25, 2002

Values & Principles


  • Understanding that rural poverty can be remedied through the work of dedicated, civic-minded individuals and the help and support of the community.
  • Promoting appreciation of community and sense of place through appreciation of surrounding environment
  • Fostering cross-cultural engagement and appreciation and of equality
  • Preservation of heritage that enriches quality of life
  • Encouraging grass-roots participation
  • Valuing the voices of all in the community
  • Filling needs in the community that the community has identified
  • Transforming community stakeholders into leaders
  • Considering and respecting knowledge, values, and ideas generated locally
  • Recognizing the value of diversity


RAIL seeks to develop as an organization that seeks input from the community, develops lasting partnerships with organizations, encourages all forms of sustainable development in rural Appalachia, builds bridges between communities in southern West Virginia, fosters networking, tolerance, and dialogue between diverse peoples, empowers the socially marginalized, and improve the livelihood of all Wyoming County residents.


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Volunteers are a vital part of RAIL's success. We are SEEKING VOLUNTEERS! Please contact us if you want to make a difference and join our remarkable work teams.

In September 2010 RAIL volunteers began initiating a plan to invigorate Community and Economic development in the southern coalfields of West Virginia. In the past ten years RAIL has studied the needs of families in Appalachia as well as available resources and other accessible opportunities that can help their community become sustainable. Gaining a better understanding of what is needed has culminated in the Coal Heritage Trail of New Commerce Action Plan. Those implementing this plan, an organization at the grass roots, well understand their work cannot be successful without the help of volunteers and generous resources providers. Anyone interested in participating in this bold undertaking of helping families living in the Appalachian coalfields improve their economic and social conditions may contact mullensproject@aol.com for more information. RAIL gets its name from Rural Appalachian Improvement League, Inc. and can best be described as Volunteers coming together as an organization to find ways to best benefit their community

March 18, 2011

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