Alternative Spring Breaks and Mission Trips

Many different groups have come to Mullens, West Virginia to work with RAIL in their efforts to dismantle poverty. Some of these groups have been colleges, who brought students with a will to work. They have aided in housing repairs, tree plantings, and other projects RAIL has conducted over the years.

Other groups have been from churches, both local and non, that have come to the MOC and given away food, and clothing to people in need. The groups have also put on musical performances in our gymnasium for people to listen to while they socialize at the event.

How does it work?

To organize a trip contact Dewey Houck, President of RAIL at 540/344-4750. A review of this website will give a clearer understanding of our mission. We can handle work teams with up to 40 people. Our facilities are modest but we have been blessed with over a hundred work teams in the past ten years.

Once the time comes for a group to arrive at the MOC, they will be able to stay in the building. There are two rooms on the upper level that are designated "Dorm rooms" seperated by gender. The groups will need to provide their own sleeping bags and pillows, but there are beds and/or cots available.

Here at RAIL, we appreciate all of our volunteers, and hope to continue on with the partnerships made with various groups and organizations. After the group departs, with a new sense of worth and satisfaction from having contributed possitively to Southern West Virginia, they will be listed in our "Groups Hall of Fame"! Please click here to check it out!

Click Here to read an article from the Register-Herald Online about Volunteer groups working with RAIL.

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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 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

Alternative Spring Break
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