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

Save the date – upcoming CERT training!

The California CERT Advisory Workgroup will be holding a one day CERT Conference on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 in Richmond California.  An additional half day is scheduled for Monday June 29th (after lunch) with additional training workshops (think of this as pre conference training).  This conference will similar to the regional workshop held in Costa Mesa in 2014 and is open to Program Managers, Instructors and Volunteers. For more info, contact or call 916-650-6959!

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!