Share the Spirit 2015 Grant Information

The Volunteer Center of the East Bay and the Bay Area News Group partner to bring the Share the Spirit program to nonprofits in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

Share the Spirit Grant Program’s mission is to enhance the November/December holiday season for the most needy residents of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties by helping to fund nonprofit holiday programs and outreach.

-To make a donation or learn more about the program: Holiday Volunteering

Abstract-Christmas-Tree-Vector-GraphicsNonprofits see more at: Share the Spirit

East Bay Businesses – Ready for Corporate Caring Volunteer Week?

Each September, thousands of volunteers from local businesses give back to their community by participating in Corporate Caring Volunteer Week. We have hundreds of projects from Alameda and Contra Costa county nonprofits – and your team can pick one or more! The dates for 2015 are September 21-26. More information is available here!Corporate Caring - Thumbnail

Summer volunteering is here!

It’s summertime and there are many students looking to volunteer. It’s great to see so many wanting to give back at an early age! Here are a couple of places to visit on our website to learn more about student/youth/family volunteering: For students: view this on Student Volunteering, for Families: check these tips and look at lists here, or search the calendar for one time opportunities, or entire site for ongoing opportunities to get started! volunteer hands

Leave Room for Civic Engagement – Harness the Power of Volunteers

Check out this report from the UN on the power of volunteers:

UN report: Governments often fail to get full benefits of volunteerism
Governments worldwide frequently overlook the contributions that citizens can make as volunteers who can hold officials accountable and reveal injustice, says a report by United Nations volunteers. “Volunteers have been claiming rights and raised awareness among politicians. Any new development agenda must have space for civic engagement,” says Amanda Mukwashi, the report’s author Reuters/Thomson Reuters Foundation

Information about Santa Barbara Oil Spill

If interested in volunteering to assist with the clean up at Refugio Beach, please check this link for information oil spill

Training offered on New California Wage and Hour Law, and new Sick Leave requirements

The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act changes re: sick leave will be in effect on July 1, 2015!  See how these changes affect your organization. Join VCEB for this or another of our helpful training classes. See more and register on our trainings page.VCEB logo

RSVP Award Winners in the News!

Congratulations to all the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) award recipients! They were honored at a reception and now are in the news –read more here. Thanks to all of them for the hours of dedication and service! To find out how you can join the program visit knowhownetwork.orgawesome.

East Bay Gives is May 5th!

VCEB’s mission is to connect dedicated and skilled volunteers with nonprofits to serve those with greatest need throughout the East Bay. Making a gift on Tuesday, May 5 – a one-day online giving event – is a great way to ensure that even more volunteers help strengthen critical services. Look for the link to the giving page to become live at midnight on May 5. Thank you for your support. Just click here to support the Volunteer Center East Bay Gives VCEB! Thank you!f-eastbay-presenting-sponsor-logo_upload1

Help Nepal Quake Victims

This link for Nepal Quake aid contains links to several organizations helping quake victims in Nepal in many different ways if you’d like to lend a hand or support.

Or check out the UN information: Two days ago the United Nations activated MicroMappers, which is a crowdmapping site that was developed in conjunction with the UN and the Standby Task Force.  The system works by presenting either a Tweet or image from locals in Nepal on your smartphone, and requesting you respond by pressing a button associated with a choice on your screen.  The idea is that the responses are aggregated and the data are presented to the UN for action. The images and tweets are geo-tagged, so if enough people independently rank damage, the response managers have a better idea of where to send their resources.

To learn more and see how it works – go to   Both Android and IOS are supported and require an app for your smartphone.


School will soon be out, volunteering can be in! As school winds down, we celebrate the youth who volunteer for the fun of it, to explore interests, to meet new people and make new friends, to build resume and college application experience, to share talents and skills, or advance the common good. And, parents also know that volunteering is a great way to get them out of the house! Search for youth volunteer opportunities: Student volunteering or