Mullens Opportunity Center (MOC)

The MOC is RAIL's base of operations. Formerly the Mullens Grade School, RAIL repaired the MOC and now uses it as a community center and as a space for events and guest speakers. The MOC has plenty of space for birthday parties, community events, concerts, and offices for small businesses. Please contact ruthcharlenecook@gmail.com for more information about using the MOC.

RAIL also hosts craft fairs, bringing people from all over in a chance to buy unique and inexpensive hand-crafted items from local people.

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Directions to Mullens Opportunity Center

Heading south on Rte. 16 from Beckley
Follow Rte. 16 across the railroad tracks, through the downtown Mullens area, and across the Slab Fork River. Mullens Opportunity Center will be on your left directly after Ray Wells Chevrolet dealership. If you reach Little General / BP Gas Station, you've gone too far.

Heading south on Rte. 54 from Beckley
Follow Rte. 54 across the railroad tracks, where it joins Rte. 16. Follow Rte. 16 South through the downtown Mullens area, and across the Slab Fork River. Mullens Opportunity Center will be on your left directly after Ray Wells Chevrolet dealership. If you reach Little General / BP Gas Station, you've gone too far.

Heading north on Rte. 16 or 10 from Pineville/Welch
Follow Rte. 16 through Itmann and South Mullens,past the Little General / BP Gas Station. Mullens Opportunity Center will be on your right shortly after Little General / BP Gas Station. If you pass Ray Wells Chevrolet dealership (on right) or the Methodist Church (on left), you've gone too far.


    

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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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