Food Finders Food Bank offers compassion training

Food Finders is helping volunteers better understand the clientele they will serve.

Posted: Jun 19, 2018 11:38 AM
Updated: Jun 19, 2018 11:39 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Food Finders Food Bank is offering a specific type of training for its volunteers. The mission is to help them better serve the community they're in.

Food Finders is offering compassion training for those who want to lend a helping hand at the food bank. The class takes place at Food Finders off of Greenbush Street.

The mission is to help volunteers better understand the clientele they will serve. Training goes over some of the different scenarios someone may face while volunteering.

Food Finders Programs Director Adam Meyer said it's important the food bank has a welcoming environment. Everyone who volunteers is encouraged to participate in this training, especially people helping for the first time.

"We want to make sure that the volunteers are as empathetic as possible in making sure that the clients have a good experience start to finish," Meyers said.

He said after compassion training volunteers are more engaged with clientele at the food bank. Volunteers can better understand the circumstances people who visit may face.

"We thought compassion training would be a perfect opportunity to educate them on the clients, but also educate them on what we do here at the food bank overall," Meyers said. 

Food Finders is still looking for volunteers to help out with different things this summer.

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