Rural Appalachian Improvement League
PO Box 171, 300 Front Street
Mullens, WV 25882
Contact Us By Phone: 304-294-6188


Dewey Houck
Charlene Cook
Patricia Smith

RAIL Board President
Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteer Webmaster


Phone Number
(540) 344-4750
(304) 294-6188
(804) 769-7323

Driving Directions

From the North
From I-64/77 in Beckley, take exit 42 and follow the signs for Hwy 16 South (towards Sophia). Travel south on Hwy 16 for about 3.5 miles then exit right onto Hwy 54/97 towards Mullens. Follow Hwy 54 for 17 miles, through Maben and Pierpoint. In Mullens, make a right turn back onto Hwy 16 South. Follow 16 through town; turn left and then right in a matter of a few blocks. Travel approximately 3 more blocks. The Mullens Opportunity Center (the old grade school) is a two story brick building with a large parking area in the front and is located on the left-hand side of Hwy 16/Guyandotte Ave. If you pass the Little General (BP) gas station, you've gone too far.

From the South or West
Follow Hwy 10 or 16 into Wyoming County. From Pineville travel east on Hwy 16/10 for 12 miles, through New Richmond and Itmann. Hwy 10 splits off from Hwy 16 right before you get to Mullens; continue straight on Hwy 16. In Mullens, you will pass the Little General (BP) gas station on the left. The Mullens Opportunity Center (the old grade school) is a two story brick building with a large parking area in the front and is located on the right-hand side of Hwy 16/Guyandotte Ave, just past the Little General.

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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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