SAVE THE DATE – We Give 2014!

Please join us as we participate in We Give 2014 on May 6th, 2014!  What is We Give – 2014?

We Give – 2014! Is a unique, online giving event that provides an opportunity for people who care about the Bay Area to come together and raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in 24 hours. All gifts will be processed through www.WeGiveContraCosta.org, an online resource and community wide giving program administered by the Richmond Community Foundation. Please get ready to support The Volunteer Center of the East Bay on May 6th!

Voluntourism article

Perhaps your summer plans are already booked. Perhaps you even know what you are doing for holiday break two years from now. One thing we know is that volunteering while traveling is becoming more popular, so we thought, just in case you were still making some plans, that we’d share this article. If you are thinking about combining some travel with some volunteering, give it a read. Especially if you are new to volunteer tourism, it can be a helpful place to start. If you’ve been a voluntourist since you were in the Peace Corps years ago, it might have some fresh perspective. It has some good tips to keep in mind as you begin to plan your next trip.

Here is the link (If you don’t wish to be redirected, here’s the url: http://honestblue.com/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-of-volunteer-travel/)

AND, if you plan to be close to home, just search The Volunteer Center of East Bay site here for some volunteer opportunities.

VOLUNTEER for Youth Action Day & Earth Day Events 2014

Help keep the East Bay looking great! Join volunteers for Earth Day /Youth Action Day 2014 on two Saturdays in April- April 12th & 26th! Alameda and Contra Costa county nonprofit partners have submitted some great projects for Earth Day & Youth Action Day! Get together with your friends, family, and/or coworkers, or just come as one to help out! Find out more about projects here.

Spring Foward Into Volunteering!

The spring list of over 1000 volunteer opportunities compiled by the Volunteer Center of the East Bay is displaying the volunteer needs of agencies across the Bay Area.  It is organized into community needs– Education, Environment,  Health, etc., and is further broken down into voluntary categories from animals to social services, hunger/homelessness to mentoring, nature to cultural arts.  Contact information for volunteer coordinators is included as well as the location of the agency needing volunteers.  This allows interested volunteers to consider the breadth of community needs  as well as the areas of interest that could be pursued, while considering convenience to home, school or work.

You may access the list by using the search box above or clicking on this link!

Join Know How Network!

Are you age 55 (and up) and want to use your specific skills and experience to make a difference in the community? We can help connect you with local nonprofits which match your interest, skills, & schedule. Connect here or at knowhownetwork.org!

Looking for ways your business and employees can engage in the community?

Your business can become part of the East Bay’s  Business Volunteer Council

The Business Volunteer Council (BVC) is a coalition of East Bay businesses sharing a common interest in workplace volunteering and community engagement.
See more here!

MLK DAY / Youth Action Day 1/20/14

MLK Day of Service  and Youth Action Day are Volunteer Center of the East Bay sponsored events that connect teams and individual volunteers with projects at local nonprofit agencies.

To participate as volunteer in the January 2014 Youth Action/MLK Day, please sign up today!

Sign up today and take action!

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – VOLUNTEER VERSION

Based on the original work by Cement C. Moore

‘Twas the night before Christmas, for this volunteer,
I sat in my house, warmed by the cheer.
Full of good food and counting each friend,
I took just a moment to reflect at year-end.

Those that I love were snuggled up tight,
Dreaming that Santa was coming that night.
Seeing the presents all wrapped ’round the tree,
A disquieting thought slowly crept over me.

Cold winds were blowing just outside my door,
Reminding my heart what I could not ignore.
The hungry and homeless, lost in our city,
Poor, lonely seniors who deserve more than pity!

Children in schools that can’t help their need,
Wishing for someone to teach them to read.
For those living each day as they battle HIV,
Having access to fresh, healthy groceries is key!

“There’s so much to do,” I said with a sigh,
“Who’s up to the challenge?” Surely not I!
I’m just plain, old me; I can’t solve all this woe.
I wouldn’t know what to do; I don’t know where to go!

So armed with my laptop, I hopped online quick,
Finding the answer took merely a click!
People making a difference without much delay,
Each hour they spent proclaimed, “We care, East Bay!”

With knowledgeable partners and bright volunteers,
They’ve been serving the neediest for more than 56 years!
I registered quickly and signed up right then,
With so many choices I didn’t know where to begin.

Tutoring, art clubs, outdoors galore,
BINGO, food pantries, dog-walking, and more.
Serve dinner at a shelter and show off Bubbie’s kugel,
Or spend time with seniors to teach them to Google.

With so many ways to simply give back,
I pictured a day when no one need lack,
The basics of life we’re all meant to enjoy;
A healthy, safe life for each girl and boy.

I called on my family, each in-law and cousin,
Soon a roomful of computers really got things a-buzzin’.
We each found a project that was close to our heart,
Knowing, full well, that this was just a start.

What started as sadness soon become hope,
Serving my neighbors and helping them cope.
My greatest surprise was not under the tree,
The gift I received, was a more happy me!

And what if this feeling, these actions could last,
What if I need not return to the past?
By choosing to serve throughout the whole year,
Each day, week and month could be filled with good cheer!

And now, to all, I’ll stop bending your ear,
But with this piece of advice, go serve, volunteer!
When we help one another the world feels so right,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

Wishing you all the very best this holiday season from The Volunteer Center of the East Bay!

Donate Now

By supporting The Volunteer Center of the East Bay you help hundreds of organizations accomplish their mission and individual volunteers find a way to give back to the East Bay. By supporting the VCEB you support all those in the community who rely on our services.

We invite you to make a donation to the Volunteer Center of the East Bay and make a difference.

Donate today at http://www.volunteereastbay.org/donate/ or via mail to: 700 Ygnacio Valley Road, Suite 140, Walnut Creek, CA 94598.

On behalf of The Volunteer Center, all the volunteers, agencies and nonprofit partners, we thank you.

Questions about what we do or other ways to help? Call us – 925.472.5760

Holiday Volunteering Opportunities

There are so many ways to give back during the holidays! Check out all the holiday volunteering opportunities here!