Current RAIL Programs:

Farming For Health and Wealth

Land Use Planning

Adult Education

Housing Repair

Business Incubation

Cultural Preservation

Arts & Music

Groundwork Wyoming County

Upcoming RAIL Programs:

Employment Application Training

Higher Education Initiative

Leadership Initiative


Please feel free to click the links in the above drop-down "Programs" menu for more details.

Other Projects RAIL would like to take on in the future: -Developing an effective means of transportation for the citizens of southern West Virginia to local metropolitan areas. Currently the nearest metropolitan area is almost 30 miles away. The average commute for a Wyoming County resident to work is 35.5 minutes, 30% higher than the national average. This is not only devastating to the environment, but also drastically limits mobility and access to employment and resources for the community. RAIL hopes to develop a bus system that runs from the MOC to nearby commercial areas for citizens of Wyoming County -Creating a Healthy Lives voucher system for members of the community to have access to a fitness center if they cannot afford a membership. -Creating a book distribution program for children in the community. Books are a means to escape and dream for individuals with out the resources to travel. This program will unleash the imagination of children in the community and increase interest in literacy and education.

With your help the Rural Appalachian Improvement League is on the way to developing programs that will alleviate then destroy poverty in southern West Virginia!


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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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