Located in scenic Mullens, West Virginia, the Mullens Opportunity Center focuses on improving education, economic conditions, environmental quality, historical preservation and facilities for social and recreational use. The building, formerly Mullens Grade school, currently houses a variety of programs and rooms beneficial to the community.
The Mullens Opportunity Center is a project created to help the people of Mullens and Wyoming County through programs such as home repair and educational programs, adult literacy and free GED classes. We also offer spaces for start up businesses currently we have a privately owned physical fitness center and beauty shop located in our building. We also offer meeting rooms for local groups, AA, free line dancing classes, gymnastics and cheer leading, Girl Scouts and 4H. Our gym is available for rental for private parties. The newly constructed outdoor stage is a great showplace for local talent and new musical groups.
The Mullens Opportunity Center has the potential to become an even stronger asset to the community of Mullens. To reach this potential, we need you - community members - to take full advantage of the opportunities and services that we provide. Please remember that the services we provide are designed for the benefit of the citizens of Mullens and surrounding communities. In addition to using our facility to the fullest extent possible, we seek your assistance and support in getting new opportunities off the ground and suggestions that you may have about how the center can be best used for your benefit.
The RAIL Literacy Program
The RAIL Literacy Program is a free service to individuals in Wyoming County who are interested in improving their math, reading, and writing skills. Most of the program’s emphasis is placed on GED preparation and basic skills for adults. Also, individuals interested in compiling a resume, cover letter, or application should make an appointment. Furthermore, computer basic computer classes are offered in six-week sessions a few times a year. Keep in mind; all of the RAIL Literacy Program offerings are free!
Venue for local functions such as youth dances, girl scouts, AA meetings, 4-H, community meetings, etc.
Lodging for Repair Groups
Housing for out of town groups coming to area to do residential repairs for needy families.
GED Courses - Offered every Wednesday and Thursday from 6:00-9:00 PM. The classes are free and open to the public.
Computer Lab - Donated by Marshall University, the compute lab inside MOC (room 16) features 10 quality Dell PCs with likely the fastest Internet connection in Wyoming County! The lab is free and open to the public.
Fitness Center – Open to paid members ($25.00 a month), the Fitness Center has treadmills, machines, bench set, and free weights.
Intro to Computer class – This free, non-credit class is for first time or beginner computer users. If you are interested in taking this class, please contact the RAIL staff at (304) 294-6188 for more information.
Gymnasium – The gym is opened to walkers during the day and used for organized sports during the night. In addition, the gym can be rented out for events such as dances-from known organizations only, weddings, and large meetings.
Room rental – Individual rooms can be rented out for meetings or gatherings. Examples: Trout Unlimited, 4-H club, neighborhood watch meetings, and line dancing classes
Adult Literacy Program-MOC staff has the ability to tutor adults in basic literacy skills. Additionally, staff can train individuals to become Adult literacy tutors.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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