Volunteer Center Upcoming Trainings

Volunteers 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. Also, remember that in non-profit management, training doesn’t apply only to the employees.  Training volunteers may be even more essential, especially in an organization in which volunteers are the interface with the customers or the public.  We can help both employees and volunteers gain the skills and resources they need to make your Agency the best it can be. We offer trainings in both Alameda and Contra Costa County.

Registration and advance payment are required for every session. Please call Heidi Denzler-Halsey at (925) 472-5760 or contact us by email if you have questions.

Some of our legal classes are offered by Hanson Bridgett LLP in partnership with the VCEB.        VCEB has  also partnered with BPM Accountants and Consultants to offer low cost financial and accounting trainings. Both of these organizations are proud to provide trainers in order to enhance the capacity of 600 nonprofits in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.


Training the Trainer*

Do you need to share knowledge within your organization by training others to be great trainers? There are a lot of methods to work with adults to give them information that they can not only use but share with others. Develop a cadre of vital, informed people with a consistent message to share your story by training them well.

Thursday February 18, 2016    3PM – 4:30PM
The Volunteer Center of the East Bay
700 Ygnacio Valley Rd. #140 Walnut Creek

Cost: $35 for Member Agencies $50 for Non Member Agencies
There is: a $10 non-refundable registration fee. Registration is in accordance to VCEB Policy.

To Register:  Click here

*  Part of the Leadership Academy. Leadership is an art that can be learned. These small, interactive classes are focused on you and enhancing your leadership skills. Take one or take them all. These 90-minute trainings are generally held on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 3:00 – 4:30PM at VCEB’s Walnut Creek office.
Facilitator: Jo A.S. Loss joined the Volunteer Center in May 2012 as Executive Director. Jo comes with a rich history of volunteerism, notably with the California State PTA where she served as President in 2009-2011. During more than twenty years of service to California’s children and families, Jo held positions as Vice President of Education, Vice President of Leadership Services and served on many statewide committees and commissions. She was appointed to the State Superintendent of Schools Preschool to College Council for six years. Jo is a seasoned public speaker and has offered workshops on dozen of topics. Jo is currently a Trustee on the Board of Education for Castro Valley Unified School District, having served as a locally elected official for twenty years.


Peer to Peer Roundtable Discussions*


March Topic: Writing Effective Fundraising Communications

Are you using the best-practice techniques to get the greatest return on your fundraising newsletters, appeals, etc.? Learn the tips and techniques that will engage your donors such as use of powerful headlines, opening lines, and “magic words”, to raise more money for your organization.

Wednesday March 9, 2016         9AM-10AM

To Register:  Click here

*Use 1 hour to discuss issues, education, and strategies that impact your nonprofit agency with your peers in the industry. These small group discussions will be held quarterly at our office in Walnut Creek on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Registration fee is $15 for Member agencies

Please arrive at 8:45AM to check in and enjoy a light breakfast. Share your reflections and strategies and gain insight from others who are in the nonprofit sector.


Design for Non-Designers

If you’re responsible for producing communications, whether in print or digital / online media, but are not a designer, you can benefit from this class. Joyce will share design tips that will make your life easier, make your layouts more effective and give your organization an up-to-date, professional polish.

This is not software training, but you are encouraged to bring your laptops and layout programs you normally work with to practice the design principles you’ll be learning.

We’ll cover: The Design Process, Design Principles, Typography, Visuals, and The Top 10 Design Mistakes.

You’ll take home a Design Checklist and Resources you can use at work to improve your results.

Facilitator: Joyce Davis is owner and Senior Designer of Square One Creative in Pleasanton. She completed her graduate work in design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and has worked as a designer and art director in ad agencies and design firms for 20+ years

April 6, 2016             9AM – 10:30 AM                                                                                                     Concord Police Dept. 1350 Galindo Street Concord

Cost*: $35 for Member Agencies $50 for Non Member Agencies
To Register: Click Here
* There is a $10 non-refundable registration fee. Registration is in accordance to VCEB Policy.


Creating an Employee Manual

It’s been on your to-do list forever. Here is your chance to set aside 3 hours and work on the following:

• Identify your organization’s goals (i.e., why are we bothering with a handbook?);
• Rip apart your existing manual (if you want);
• Walk through a model handbook or two;
• Talk about additional policies from Sarah’s treasure trove of best practices;
• Figure out what your particular organization needs to put in a handbook and what it doesn’t, and
• Pull together a separate manual for volunteers.

There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all employee manual but that doesn’t mean you’re on your own. Bring a copy of your existing handbook (if you have one), all written policies given to employees or volunteers, your organization’s mission statement, and any offer letter or contract template you give to new hires. Let’s get it done!
Facilitator: Sarah Mott, an attorney with Zelle Hofmann, advises and defends employers in all aspects of employment and labor law. For more than 20 years, she has represented California employers in the public, private and non-profit sectors to create effective working environments. Sarah’s extensive litigation and trial practice includes a wide variety of class action, wage and hour, discrimination and harassment, retaliation and “whistleblower” cases.
April 20, 2016 1-4PM Check in begins at 12:45PM
Y&H Soda Foundation – Judith Murphy Conference Center 1635 School Street Moraga
Cost*: $125 for Member Agencies $150 for Non Member Agencies
To Register: Click here
* There is a $10 non-refundable registration fee. Registration is in accordance with VCEB Policy.


Watch for the following upcoming trainings in 2016:

♦ Effective Communication

♦ Introduction to Financial Statements

♦ Strategic Planning


*Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Individual registered attendees must cancel their paid registration in writing by noon 3 business days prior to an event to qualify for a refund.  There is a $10 non-refundable registration for all trainings.  Cancellations received without sufficient notice or those who are a no-show are not entitled to a refund.  Registrants who cancel will not receive materials.

VCEB reserves the right to cancel an event due to low enrollment, or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable.  If VCEB cancels an event, all effort will be made to provide sufficient notice and paid registrants will be given a full refund.

If you register for a workshop or seminar during the 48 hours before the start, please call or email VCEB to confirm that the workshop is meeting as planned.

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What others are saying about training classes:

I found the material to be incredibly relevant, immediately applicable and presented in a very “feet-on-the-ground” manner. I enjoyed the chance to work with the other attendees in the group exercise, learning from the different perspectives and also validating some of the beliefs I carry into the workplace. I recommend this seminar be attended by both a board member and a staff member from interested organizations.

Thanks for the opportunity to attend.

Bill Mulgrew
Executive Director
Castro Valley/Eden Area Chamber