Upcoming Orientations, Meetings and Workshops
Fall 2013 Workshop Schedule
To register for any of these workshops, please call 401-942-6325 at least one week in advance of the workshop. Lunch 'n Learn workshops include lunch for registered participants. Click here for a complete list of workshops.
“Voices of Homelessness”
A Lunch & Learn Workshop
Wednesday, October 16, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
The RI Coalition for the Homeless and a member of their Speaker’s Bureau will join us to offer perspectives on homelessness. This workshop promises to be both touching and informative. Food Bank staff will be on hand for a “SNAP on the GO!” demonstration.
Annual Meeting and Dinner
Monday, October 21, 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Rhode Island Community Food Bank
The agenda for the meeting includes the election of the Board of Directors, a report from Food Bank staff and dinner on us! We encourage you to send a representative from your agency. Invitations and the Board of Directors slate will be sent to agencies. Please RSVP to Patti at 230-1692 by October 14.
How to Make Quality Referrals: Getting your Guests beyond Food Assistance
Tuesday, November 12 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Facilitated by Mev Miller with Liz Pasqualini (Jonnycake Westerly) and Seena Franklin (East Bay CAP)
A new (or regular) guest comes in and needs food. She just lost her job and faces foreclosure and has never used any basic needs services. What can you do to guide her? You want to help. You really are a caring and empathetic person. But sometimes, that doesn’t seem like enough. You know there are lots of resources to guide people to the basic resources they need, but you’re not sure where to start. Through role play, real-life situations and conversation, this workshop will help you to gain the confidence and direction you need to make quality referrals. We will discuss active listening, effective questioning, getting the facts, and seeking services.
Inhale Love, Exhale Gratitude
Online & Ongoing December 1-11, with a culminating drop-in celebration on Wednesday, December 11 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Our gift to you this holiday season is a workshop we can all attend. Every workday between December 1st & 11th, we will send a “sparkle” email with inspirational ideas & activities. Our goal is to help you find the “sparkle” in what can be chaotic times. Register to receive the daily emails. All are welcome to attend the culminating event (including hot chocolate, cookies and a “sparkle” token of our appreciation), but it is not necessary in order to participate in our online “workshop” and to receive the emails.
Agency orientations are required for anyone at one of the Food Bank’s member agency partners who intend to order, shop or come in to pick up an order of food. They are also a good resource for agencies wishing to brush up on their Food Bank knowledge.
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2 - 4 pm
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1 - 3 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 10 am - noon
Thursday, Jan. 9, 3 - 5 pm
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 10 am - noon
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 3 - 5 pm
Thursday, Feb. 27, 10 am - noon
Advanced registration is required. To register call Hope Indeglia O'Brien at 401-230-1704.
If you’ve registered but cannot attend, let us know 48 hours in advance so that we may contact those on our waiting list. All agency orientations are held at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.
Understanding data is essential to an organization. The Food Bank’s statistics workshops offer information for the new Emergency Provider members of the Food Bank as well as statistics reporting information for established member pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. Food Bank statistics workshops can also help agencies made inactive for statistics delinquency. Register for a statistics workshop by calling (401) 942-6325.
The Food Bank coordinates regional meetings in Newport, Providence and Woonsocket as opportunities for member agencies in those areas to get together and share resources. For information on upcoming meetings, contact Agency Services at (401) 942-6325.