Register for Earth Day projects!

Earth Day / Youth Action is a free, easy way for youth, groups, and families to help local nonprofits in their community. As an Earth Day / Youth Action Volunteer participant, you have the opportunity to select a project for your group and then take a leadership role in making the project meaningful and fun for those involved. You may also register as an individual! There are many ways to help for all ages! Click here to see available projects and sign up today!

SPRING into volunteering!

Spring is a time of renewal and hope for many, and it’s great to see flowering trees and other signs of the season. Spring is also a great time to plant the seed of volunteerism. We have many one day projects coming up in March and April – many chances to get out with your family, sports team, youth group, co-workers, or just on your own working with an awesome East Bay nonprofit organization. It feels great to give back, and we can help you find the right place. Check out our calendar or search ongoing opportunities!

 

New Classes Added for Nonprofits!

volunteer handsVolunteers are the lifeblood of many nonprofit and public agencies and enable agencies to deliver on their missions. Yet learning how to recruit, manage and motivate people along with your legal obligations is difficult to pick up on one’s own. Join us at our trainings for nonprofit agencies. We can help you gain the skills and resources you need to build and maintain volunteer support. We offer trainings in both Alameda and Contra Costa County – See more here!

February is heart month!

We all know that exercise, eating right, and not smoking are good for our heart health. Volunteering has long been known for its “feel good” qualities, but did you know it is actually good for your heart?  Turns out there is actually a physical benefit to volunteering.

felt heartsCanadian researchers followed 106 volunteering high school students for 10 weeks and discovered cholesterol, BMI and inflammation dropped after their opportunity for service compared to a group of their peers who didn’t get the chance to give back, Everyday Health reported.

MLK Day of Service Projects available!

MLK Day of Service/ Youth Action Day is January 19th, 2015! Volunteer projects are available for individuals and groups; we have projects to do through your own school or organization, and with local nonprofits! Register today!MLK what doing

Resolve to Volunteer in 2015

FIVE great reasons to make a volunteering resolution this year:

Very few things are as mutually beneficial as volunteering – to our community, to a nonprofit, to a recipient, and even to the volunteer themselves. Here are a few reasons to add volunteering to your resolution list this year! Very few things are as mutually beneficial as volunteering — to our community, to a nonprofit, to a recipient, and
even to the volunteer yourself. Here are a few reasons to add volunteering to your resolution list this year!

1. VOLUNTEERING IS A GREAT VALUE to the volunteer and the nonprofit to the recipient and the community. Did you know that the average value of a volunteer hour to a nonprofit is $22.55? (Of course, communities benefit if members are better off; the clients served are the direct beneficiaries of your time.)
2. VOLUNTEERING IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH. Countless studies have proven that doing good is actually good for your physical and mental well being. Get the health boost from making a difference!
3. VOLUNTEERING ACTUALLY DOESN’T TAKE THAT MUCH TIME. Studies of volunteers have shown that people who volunteer don’t really do more than those who don’t, nor do they have to give up other activities in order to find the time. Well, actually, the one area shows a change is that regular volunteers do watch slightly less television than non-volunteers. And isn’t that on your resolution list anyway?
4. VOLUNTEERING HELPS CREATE AND FIND JOBS. If you are searching for employment this year, keep in mind that volunteers are 27% more likely to get hired, and that more than 3/4 of hiring managers consider volunteer experience to be important when assessing a candidate.
5. VOLUNTEERING IS GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. Efficient use of resources helps all of us. Need we say more?
*BONUS REASON: VOLUNTEERING STRENGTHENS THE COMMUNITY AND WORKPLACE. Studies show that workplace volunteering benefits both the community and the employer and employee relationship. Because employees are happier, they can be more productive, and everyone benefits when the community is stronger. Get started today!

 

Support The Volunteer Center of the East Bay

Pleasdonate nowe consider making a year-end gift to support the vital work that our volunteers perform with hundreds of nonprofits throughout the East Bay. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

Helping during the holidays!

There are so many ways to give back during the holidays! Celebrate the season by helping those in need. Click the link below to find opportunities to volunteer, give gifts, or sponsor a family during the holidays.Volunteer with friends, family, co-workers, student club, service group, or on your own! Check out all the holiday opportunities here!

Earthquake Volunteers

This note is from The Volunteer Center of Napa County  (http://www.volunteernapa.org/)we heart napaNapa Quake Update –  If you are able to respond as a volunteer, please go to the Emergency Volunteer Center at Grace Church,  3765 Solano Ave, Napa, CA 94558. ALSO: Napa County has opened a Local Assistance Center (LAC) to help Napa County residents recover from earthquake. Volunteers, especially bilingual (Spanish/English) volunteers are needed to help translate.
LAC hours are 11am to 7pm every day starting today (no end time yet).  They will take any volunteers any time they are available during these hours.  The LAC is located at: 301 1st St, Napa, CA
(Corner of 1st Street and Silverado Trail- formerly JV Wine & Spirit) or please contact Mark Woo at 510-666-7494.

Corporate Caring Volunteer Week 2014

FINAL WEEK! Registration closes on AUG 22, 2014 for September’s Corporate Caring Volunteer WeekCorporate Caring - Thumbnail

Corporate Caring Volunteer Week connects volunteers from Bay Area businesses and corporations to hundreds of projects organized by local nonprofits. CCVW focuses on group volunteer projects that provide “team-building” experiences for corporate and business teams. Just register your team, show up, and have fun!