Mission eLearning: Houston Food Bank

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RISC’s leadership team was on a mission to find the right project, where we could benefit a deserving organization in the Houston community by using our LMS expertise. Thanks to our partnership with ATD Houston, that project found us! We admire the fact that ATD Houston’s events often include a component to benefit a non-profit organization. The project would be part of the upcoming Technology Conference on April 27, 2016 for which we’re a sponsor. When Debbie Richards, Conference Chair, approached RISC about helping the Houston Food Bank, we didn’t hesitate to jump on board. Not only would we have the opportunity to serve a community organization, but also be a part of a collaboration that includes one of our partners, Obsidian.

The Technology Conference is a one-day event focused on learning technologies and trends. Debbie established an eLearning Showcase, which would be a competition for instructional designers. Participants will create eLearning modules using Obsidian’s rapid authoring tool, Obsidian Black, and themes from the eLearning Brothers. The Showcase’s winner will receive prizes from both Obsidian and eLearning Brothers. More importantly, the Houston Food Bank gains access to the developed training content.

The only question remaining was how to manage and launch the training modules. That’s where RISC’s Virtual Training Assistant (VTA) LMS comes in! After discussions with the Houston Food Bank, we realized that they did not have a current learning management system in place. RISC committed to completely donating our software and consulting services to install and implement VTA. The Houston Food Bank will have the capabilities to manage employee development and regulatory compliance for employees and key volunteers.

“The Houston Food Bank is a major operation receiving and distributing 73 million Keegan line 3_274x183pounds of food every year. With the expansion of the Keegan Kitchen, HFB will expand their capacity from serving 4,000 to 10,000 meals per day,” states Duncan Welder, RISC’s Director of Client Services. “From safe food handling, to forklift operation and supervisory development, efficient and effective training is critical to help the HFB carryout there mission. I am thrilled to be in a positon to help and support the work the HFB does for Houston.”

The Houston Food Bank distributed 74,000,000 meals in fiscal year 2014-2015, with a goal of 100,000,000 by 2018. For each dollar donated, the organization provides the equivalent of three meals for an individual. By ensuring that their staff and volunteers are properly trained, we hope we’re helping them continue their important work in our community! For more information on the Houston Food Bank, visit houstonfoodbank.org.

Join us on April 27th to see the fruits of labor from the Showcase participants, hear from industry thought leaders, and network with your talent development peers. For information, visit http://www.tdhouston.org/2016_TechConference

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