2015 Award Winners Announced by the Volunteer Center of the East Bay.

The Unsung Hero Award is given to a volunteer who has provided exceptional support to VCEB over the last year. Ann Flynn will be receiving this award for her work at multiple organizations in the East Bay including with us at VCEB!

Chevron has been selected as the 2015 Volunteer Impact Award winner. This award is given to honor exceptional impact within the volunteer community over the last year.

These awards will be presented at the Third Annual VCEB Friend Raiser event on November 18, to be held at the Walnut Creek Library. For more information, call (925) 472-5760.



Registration is open for FAMILY VOLUNTEER DAY and we are excited to help families find ways to add to the good in their community. It’s a great time to give back, and spend some time together. We have a wide variety of projects for all ages and abilities.

Check out information about the event here! Or just jump right in to learn more about available projects and/or register here!

Get out there and #Volunteer with your friends and family!

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CCVW 2015 numbers at a glance!

Well done, Corporate Volunteers!

Thanks go to all the corporate volunteer teams and partner nonprofits for participating in Corporate Caring Volunteer Week 2015!

This year, more than 2,400 volunteers completed projects at more than 100 East Bay nonprofits AND logged more than 700 volunteer hours AND completed 220 projects. As Independent Sector rates the national average for volunteer time at $23.07/hour, wonderful corporate volunteers piled up $16,500 of impact over just one week! Corporate Week of Caring - Thumbnail

Complete the SURVEY – Get a GIFT!

Team up for East Bay Nonprofit Growth! The Volunteer Center of the East Bay wants to hear from you! To continue to provide successful support, we are surveying East Bay Nonprofits to learn more about their needs and expectations. Please answer this 10 minute survey and receive a gift certificate for a 90 minute VCEB training.

We will use the survey results to improve the way we serve Nonprofits in the East Bay. Your input is valuable part of team effort!


Corporate Caring Volunteer Week runs September 21-26, 2015

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 -Thank you so much to all the participants!  More information is available here!Corporate Week of Caring - Thumbnail

Help Smarter – Lake County Fire Info Site

Want to help with Lake County Fire? While many agencies and organizations are overwhelmed with the initial wave of support, here is a list of agencies with current needs. Check lovelakecounty.org for latest info.

Ensuring the best resources are delivered to the right place at the right time is vital. We highly encourage all volunteers interested in setting up a collection site to first establish a relationship with a distribution partner, identify their current needs, and ensure a path to distribution. If you are having trouble finding a distribution partner, please keep in mind most centers are currently overwhelmed with the initial wave of donations.

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