Past Volunteer Projects

RAIL is fortunate to have dedicated volunteer groups, both local and from around the country, to work on meaningful projects.


High Tunnel Greenhouse constructed by Duquesne University, Christopher Newport University, Ohio State University, University of Baltimore, and Northwestern University.
MLK Service Day: Trash clean-up at Guyandotte River Park.


AmeriCorps NCCC work on the Wyco Church.
Butler University and University of Baltimore build a park and an orchard respectively.


July 17-23: 200 Boy Scouts from the 2013 National Jamboree work on service projects in Mullens, including a ramp to help boaters and people with disabilities access the Guyandotte River.
University of Connecticut
University of Illinois at Chicago
Ohio State University
Butler University
Northwestern University
Western Michigan University



Alternative spring break teams:
Columbia University clears Stotesbury site.


Illinois State University — 47 volunteers | 1440 hours contributed
Michigan Tech — 3 volunteers | 240 hours contributed
University of Illinois at Chicago — 15 volunteers | 900 hours contributed
Columbia University — 18 volunteers | 1,080 hours contributed
Cornell University — 30 volunteers | 900 hours contributed


Columbia University — 20 volunteers
Appalachian Service Project — 6 volunteers
Bluestone Camp — 10 volunteers
Duquesne University — 24 volunteers
University of Vermont — 18 volunteers
Lend-A-Hand for Appalachia — 25 volunteers
Ashtabula Ohio Church of God — 55 volunteers
Lockheed Martin/Douglasville GA — 42 volunteers
St. Richard’s, Gibsonia, PA — 18 volunteers
East Stroudsburg Presbyterian Church — 16 volunteers

3 thoughts on “Past Volunteer Projects

  • September 5, 2016 at 3:49 pm


    I am contacting you from the University of Tampa’s PEACE Volunteer Center. We would like to inquire about a possible Alternative Break with your organization. We have hosted 8 Alternative Breaks each academic year since 2001, and are currently planning our trips for spring break and May.

    Could you please provide me with some information on your organization and any site fees associated with Alternative Breaks through your organization? The dates we are working with are 03/04/17-03/11/17 (Spring Break) and 05/07/17-05/19/17 (the May dates are more flexible as this is usually a 12 to 14 day trip).

  • May 16, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Join one of our projects and experience the incredible camaraderie that comes from working side by side with fellow volunteers and local community members to help those affected by natural disasters to get back on their feet.

  • November 2, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    I stumbled upon this organization while researching for Mullens. My wife is the great-great granddaughter of A.J. Mullins.

    We have heard a few stories and have some reliable witnesses to some events.

    Thank You for your effort to keep that area alive..

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