West Virginia Grant Makers Award Given to RAIL

February 2010

In February of 2010, Dewey Houck, founder and executive of RAIL, attened a meeting with the board from the Grant Makers. The West Virginia Grant Makers aim to "create opportunities for the exchange of ideas and information, disseminate information about current trends and research in philanthropy, build partnerships within and outside of West Virginia, and advance the growth and enhancement of stewardship of philanthropic resources for the betterment of all West Virginia residents." (Taken from westvirginiagrantmakers.org)

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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

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