Training

Volunteer Center Upcoming Trainings

Volunteers are the lifeblood of many nonprofit and public agencies  who enable agencies to deliver on their missions. Yet, learning how to recruit, manage and motivate people is difficult to pick up on one’s own. Join us at our training for nonprofits. We can help you gain the skills and resources you need to build and maintain volunteer support or improve your organization. We offer trainings in Oakland, Concord, and Walnut Creek (addresses below).

Registration and advance payment (if it is a fee based class) are required for every session. Please call Heidi Denzler-Halsey at (925) 472-5771 or contact us by email if you have questions.

Some classes are offered by Hanson Bridgett LLP in partnership with the VCEB. Hanson Bridgett LLP is proud to provide trainers in order to enhance the capacity of 600 nonprofits in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

UPCOMING SESSIONS

Personnel Management

The Life Cycle Of An Employment Relationship

Our next four-part series focuses on relationships with applicants, employees and former employees.  Although we will continue to discuss your legal obligations, we will spend equal time on best practices and communication techniques.  Specific workshops will address the following:

Remaining classes in the 4 part series:

#4 Performance Management & Terminations

What if it’s not working?  How long is long enough?  How do we do it without making it personal?  The tough stuff.

April 2, 2014                         3-5PM                    Concord Police Department

Register: https://volunteer.truist.com/vccc/survey/?survey_id=10624502071

April 3, 2014                         3-5PM                    Hayward City Center

Register: https://volunteer.truist.com/vccc/survey/?survey_id=10624502287

Participation is open to Agencies registered with

The Volunteer Center of the East Bay.

*  There is a $10 non-refundable registration fee per workshop.

Concord Police Department                                                                              Hayward City Hall

1350 Galindo Street, Concord                                                                           777 B Street, Hayward

Workshops in Partnership with Hanson Bridgett LLP

Harassment Prevention Training for Supervisors

Fulfill your mandatory obligation or participate in a best practice with this class.

All California employers who (a) provide direct or indirect services through a contract with or funding by any public entity, (b) utilize volunteer services of 50 or more persons in a year or (c) employ 50 or more persons, are required by Gov’t code Section 12950.1 to provide their supervisors with mandatory sexual harassment training of two hours length every two years. For the rest of you, it’s a best practice.  Get it done!

Wednesday April 9, 2014        9 – 11AM    Check-in begins at 8:45AM

Concord Police Department   1350 Galindo Street    Concord

https://volunteer.truist.com/vccc/survey/?survey_id=10627826944

Thursday April 10, 2014    9-11AM    Check-in begins at 8:45AM

Salvation Army    2794 Garden Street    Oakland

* There is a $10 non-refundable registration fee for each workshop.  Registration in accordance to VCEB Policy.  Participation is open to nonprofit agencies registered with The Volunteer Center of the East Bay.

Coming soon:

Volunteer Management  1– From Planning to Placement

“We need help! “

Need a more formal recruitment process?  Learn some strategies to find the right volunteers for your organization.  This training will cover:

  • Needs assessment
  • Creating volunteer positions and descriptions
  • Recruitment Strategy – Target audience – Engaging volunteers by generation – Crafting a powerful message using digital media
  • Screening – sample interview questions

Wednesday May 7, 2014  11:30am – 1:30pm bring a bag lunch

Concord Police Department

1350 Galindo Street    Concord

Registration:    https://volunteer.truist.com/vccc/survey/?survey_id=10639456117

Wednesday May 14, 2014           11:30am – 1:30pm bring a bag lunch

Masonic Home

34400 Mission Blvd  Union City

Registration:  https://volunteer.truist.com/vccc/survey/?survey_id=10639456400

Speaker:  Dee Dee Robillard is a Project Coordinator at the Volunteer Center of the East Bay.  At VCEB she handles the giant Week of Caring and Share the Spirit programs.  In addition she manages the website, social media and VCEB’s dedicated volunteers.

Cost*:  $35  for Agencies listed with The Volunteer Center of the East Bay

$50  for all other Agencies

* There is a $10 non-refundable registration fee.  Registration in accordance to VCEB Policy

Volunteer Management 2– Orientation, Supervision and Recognition

“Just jump in!  Let me know if you have any questions…”  Need a more formal orientation and training process?  Learn how to keep you volunteers motivated, feeling appreciated and coming back for more.

  • Orientation training vs. in-service training
  • Retention – keep them happy and coming back
  • Understanding internal and external motivators
  • Develop and implement a recognition program

Wednesday July 16,  2014           11:30am – 1:30pm bring a bag lunch

Concord Police Department

1350 Galindo Street    Concord

To Register: https://volunteer.truist.com/vccc/survey/?survey_id=10639458225

An Alameda County training is being planned.

Cost*:  $35  for Agencies listed with The Volunteer Center of the East Bay

$50  for all other Agencies

* There is a $10 non-refundable registration fee.  Registration in accordance to VCEB Policy

Speaker:  Dee Dee Robillard (see bio above)

BoardWorks™:  3 Hours to Better Governance

This highly participative workshop will challenge you to re-think what it means to serve on a nonprofit board and, if you’re an executive director, what it means to work in partnership with your board as a leadership team. We will introduce you to a model of governance that promises to rekindle the interest and passion that motivated you to join a board in the first place. And, we will address the persistent issues that get in the way of healthy, high functioning board/executive director relationships: Who is in charge of what? Is the board the boss? How do we create an engaged board that knows its boundaries? And the

Join us on May 14, 2014 as we bring BoardWorks™ back to the East Bay. We encourage executive directors to attend with their board chairs, Governance Committee chairs, and other board members.

Sign-up early.  Participation is limited to 20 to ensure a quality experience.

May 14, 2014       5:30PM – 8:30PM

Women’s Initative for Self Employment

1814 Franklin St. #200  Oakland

Check-in begins at 5:15PM

Cost*:  $125 for Agencies listed with The Volunteer Center of the East Bay

$140 for all other Agencies

Fee includes dinner and materials.

* There is a $10 non-refundable registration fee.  Registration in accordance to VCEB Policy

To Register: https://volunteer.truist.com/vccc/survey/?survey_id=10639459441

About the Speaker: Liz Callahan, MA, ACC, has been consulting with nonprofit organizations since 1993 and spent more than 20 years working in nonprofit organizations, in academia, and in government prior to that.  She co-founded The CBO Center in 2006, a nonprofit management support organization serving the East Bay, and recently returned to private practice following its merger with CompassPoint Nonprofit Services.

Liz’s work is in organizational and individual transformation. Her deep knowledge of nonprofits and the environment in which they do their work, along with her own experience as an executive director and her extensive and ongoing training in a variety of methodologies, give Liz an uncommon perspective on how to create change. Liz’s consulting areas include: governance, planning, leadership development, strategic partnerships, post-merger consolidation, team effectiveness, project management, and Matrix Management 2.0™. She coaches individual leaders, boards of directors, leadership teams and collaborations, and has developed and delivered workshops in board governance, organizational accountability, project management, the board/e.d. relationship, meeting design and facilitation, and team effectiveness. She describes BoardWorks™ as “the jewel in the crown” of her workshop portfolio.

Liz is an ICF-certified executive coach, a trained Organization & Relationship Systems™ coach, and a certified Team Diagnostic™ coach.  She holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from New School University in New York City.

Create the Board You Want….By Fixing Yourself

  • Passive boards
  • Micro-managing boards
  • Disruptive board members
  • Boards that won’t raise money or follow-through on their commitments
  • Boards that simply frustrate the heck out of us and defy all understanding.

We point our fingers and roll our eyes at THEM. But what if you discovered that the solution is not to change THEM? What if you could change the dynamics by making a few changes to the system or the structure or your approach? We will look at the many ways we unintentionally create unsupportive boards and how, with some intention and clarity, we can create the boards we want.

June 25, 2014

11AM – 1 PM

Concord Police Department

1350 Galindo Street   Concord

Cost*:  $75  for Agencies listed with The Volunteer Center of the East Bay

$125 for all other Agencies

Fee includes lunch and materials.

* There is a $10 non-refundable registration fee.  Registration in accordance to VCEB Policy

To Register: https://volunteer.truist.com/vccc/survey/?survey_id=10639454113

Speaker:  Liz Callahan (see bio above)

Perfecting Your Elevator Pitch-

How to Craft Messages with the Most Impact

“Speech in a Can” – “Elevator Speech” – Whatever you call them, everyone in the non-profit world needs one!  What makes them effective and how do you craft one for your agency?  Join a small group workshop to explore, write and test your moment’s impact.  You will be surprised how a few well-chosen words and phrases can change a chance conversation into a powerful exchange.  Make sure you take advantage of every occasion to highlight the best of your work by having the right words on the tip of your tongue.

June 11, 2014       9 – 11AM

Concord Police Department

1350 Galindo Street        Concord

To Register:  https://volunteer.truist.com/vccc/survey/?survey_id=10639787229

An Alameda County location is being planned

Cost*:  $35  for Agencies listed with The Volunteer Center of the East Bay

$50 for all other Agencies

* There is a $10 non-refundable registration fee.  Registration in accordance to VCEB Policy

Speaker:  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 nineteen years.

Digital Marketing for Non-Profits

Social Media, blogging and other digital marketing tools look like lifesavers for organizations with small budgets, but making the most of these affordable tools takes focus, planning and time. Learn how to create a proper digital media strategy and plan to maximize the value of these important communication tools with the limited time and money you have for community outreach.

You will leave this session with a clear understanding of the pros and cons of each digital marketing tool, an outline for your own content strategy, and a structure for how to create and apply a digital marketing program for your organization

Wednesday June 18, 2014                       9-10:30AM              Check-in begins at 8:45AM

Concord Police Department

1350 Galindo Street   Concord

An Alameda County location is being planned.

Cost*:  $35  for Agencies listed with The Volunteer Center of the East Bay

$50  for all other Agencies

* There is a $10 non-refundable registration fee.  Registration in accordance to VCEB Policy

To Register: https://volunteer.truist.com/vccc/survey/?survey_id=10639778796

Facilitator:  Kern Lewis is a Senior Marketing Consultant with two decades of experience: Strategic marketing and product development initiatives; New product launches, and communications programs that have generated millions of dollars in revenue growth.  He is successful at leveraging business channel partnerships to identify and attract new sales opportunities.
His strengths are conceptualizing and implementing creative marketing strategies
and integrating, streamlining, and strengthening Marketing and Sales initiatives to maximize sales performance.

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Individual registered attendees must cancel their paid registration in writing by noon on May 2, 2014 for Concord and May 9, 2014 for Union City 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.

If you have any questions, please contact: Heidi@volunteereastbay.org

What others are saying about training classes:

I want to thank you for putting on such a great Volunteer Management Training yesterday. It was wonderful to hear about other organizations and their volunteer programs, and to receive so much great advice on how to build and manage a better volunteer program. I am so excited to revamp our volunteer program and create a workplan based on the tips that you provided yesterday. I look forward to attending additional trainings (budget allowing) in the future.

- Alicia Gallo, Outreach Coordinator
Richmond Main Street Initiative