New OSM/VISTA to Start Mid February

RAIL will be welcoming a new Americorps*VISTA provided by the Office of Surface Mining, Rebekah "Becky" Ainsworth, to the team on February 16th, 2010. Becky is an Ohio native, who graduated from Hiram College with a BA in Political Science and Writing. Her desire to work in West Virginia is due in part to her family residing in MacDowell county. Having spent time on vacations in-state, she decided to come to Mullens in an effort to help grow the Farming for Health and Wealth program (To read about this program, click here).

Welcome to Mullens and to RAIL, Becky! We're glad to have you.


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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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