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The Wild Ramp to offer volunteer training


The Wild Ramp, Huntington’s new local food market, is providing training for those interested in becoming volunteers on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012 from 5 to 6 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 10 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Participants only need to attend one of these sessions.

Classes will meet at The Wild Ramp in the Shops at Heritage Station 210 11th Street, Huntington. Participants will learn how to support the manager on duty at the market by greeting customers, stocking product, and providing support at the register. Once training is complete, assignments and schedules are tailored to the volunteer’s ability and time commitment preferences.

The Wild Ramp is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to provide the community year-long access to locally-produced agricultural products while providing food producers with an economic outlet for their goods.

The Wild Ramp is staffed solely by volunteers. “We work hard and we have a lot of fun doing it,” says volunteer Jennine Barilla. “It’s rewarding volunteering in an environment where everyone wants the market to succeed and that is their main goal.”

The training is for any new and existing volunteers. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. No previous experience is required. The market is looking for those who have a passion for local food, the local economy, and a strong desire to make a difference in your community. No registration is required.

There are also volunteer opportunities for those who may not be able to work active shifts in the store. Coordinators are organizing a building committee to work on several projects to beautify the store, as well as a display committee that will organize a database of recipes and other knowledge that will help customers use the local food purchased in the store.

For more information, please call The Wild Ramp at 304-523-RAMP (7267) or e-mail volunteer@wildramp.com.