Citizens in Mullens, WV will observe Make a Difference Day by dedicating their newly built Mini Museum/Tourist Information Center that was constructed by community volunteers and an AmeriCorps*NCCC Team from the Vicksburg MS campus. The structure, that is a replica of an early Virginian Railway telegraph office/whistle stop passenger and freight station, will become an information center for tourists and others wishing to visit local artisans or purchase specialty agricultural products and/or crafts. The center will also contain tools of the trades that established the southern West Virginia culture. Building a tourism trade, establishing cottage industries, and finding ways to cater to the thriving ATV business is an initiative of the Rural Appalachian Improvement League, Inc. (RAIL). RAIL, a grass roots community managed nonprofit corporation, has engaged over 10,000 hours of volunteer service toward Community Development for each of the last three years. The Mini Museum and other projects have been constructed without any funds expended for labor. More information at--http://www.railwv.org/proposed-visitor-center-mini-museum-at-mullens.htm
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
Alternative Spring Break
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