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College Students Arrive in Mullens

BY Matthew Smith   Sunday March 7, 2010 

MULLENS --  More than 40 students, church groups and other various volunteers arrived in Mullens Sunday to help clean the "Dogwood City."

Among the group was Alana McGinty. She’s a college student from Illinois State University. Her school picks destinations each year for students to participate in alternative spring break programs. This year they hooked up with the Rural Appalachia Improvement League.

Greg Fairbank, a junior at Illinois State University, cleans up the entryway at the New Salem Baptist Church in Tams, which was built in 1925.

Greg Fairbank, a junior at Illinois State University, cleans up the entryway at the New Salem Baptist Church in Tams, which was built in 1925.

Over the next five weeks several groups will be coming to Mullens to continue the efforts started today. By the end of that period more than 4,000 hours of community service will be logged.

    
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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

Alternative Spring Break
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