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. 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.

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.

The Nuts and Bolts of CA Wage and Hour Laws

         A training that discusses what every employer, no matter how large or small, needs to know about complying with California wage and hour laws:

Postings, Policies and California’s Wage Orders

May 20 27, 2015     9-11AM 

Please note date change!

This session focuses on crucial — and legally required — policies, postings, forms and the almighty Wage Orders. Yes, it may seem boring but there’s nothing more important to legal compliance than knowing this stuff: What do you have to post? Where? Which Wage Orders are you and your employees subject to? Have you posted them? Do you have a written safety policy? Have you posted your workers’ compensation program information? Anti-harassment policies? Pay days? Meal periods?

Concord Police Department – 1350 Galindo St. Concord from 9-11AM

Cost*:$35 per training for Member Agencies       $50 per training for Non Member Agencies

To Register:  Click here

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

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.

Sarah advises employers on a broad range of employment and labor issues, including performance management, diversity, hiring and firing, discrimination and retaliation. She frequently conducts management training sessions tailored to clients’ needs. Sarah’s practice also includes investigation of harassment complaints, contract negotiations and representation of employers in administrative proceedings and arbitrations. Sarah works with private employers in the technology, manufacturing, food, restaurant, retail, healthcare, education, senior housing, publishing, and transportation industries. Her clients range from Fortune 500 corporations to local boutique businesses.


Sick Leave – Are You Ready?*

Thursday June 25, 2015   9AM – 10:30AM

The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act effective this year requires ALL employers, no matter how big or how small, to provide paid sick leave to their employees starting July 1, 2015. This session will cover all the ins and outs of this new law, and help you understand what you need to do to be in compliance come July. We’ll also cover some other legal developments that employers should be aware of this year.

Berkeley Humane   2700 Ninth Street    Berkeley    9AM – 10:30AM

Cost:  $10

To Register:  Click here

*Sponsored  by Hanson Bridgett LLP
Hanson Bridgett is a law firm with more than 150 attorneys in offices in San Francisco, Sacramento, the North Bay, Silicon Valley and the East Bay. Serving clients since 1958, our diverse client list includes large national and global companies as well as many governmental entities, regional businesses and individuals. We are socially responsible members of our communities. Our firm is driven by a commitment to diversity, charitable giving, pro-bono legal work and hands-on service. We are a dedicated green business and strive to make sustainable choices for all of our business decisions.

Peer to Peer Roundtable Discussions

Use 1 hour to discuss issues, education, and strategies that impact your nonprofit agency with your peers in the industry. These small group conversations will be held at VCEB’s Walnut Creek office (700 Ygnacio Valley Rd. #140) 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.

June 10, 2015:  Executive Directors          9-10AM

Focus: Board Energizers 

What has worked and not worked to get your board energized? How can EDs get their board to be productive and positive? Come share successes and support novice, new and exhausted EDs!

To Register:  Click here

Facilitated by Jo A.S. Loss:  Jo 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.

Leadership Academy

Leadership is an art that can be learned. These small, interactive classes are focused on you and enhancing your leadership skills. Trainings will be held from 3:00 – 4:30PM at VCEB’s Walnut Creek office. Cost is $35/session for Member Agencies and $50/session for Non Member Agencies*.

How to Facilitate Effective & Efficient Meetings

All of us spend a lot of time in meetings. Learn some practical tools and techniques to make them more productive and maybe shorter! You will experience real life ways to facilitate the everyday meetings, plus hints to help you handle a challenging one. There are many ways that you as a facilitator or participant can make them more engaging and worthwhile. These skills are needed by all staff, volunteers and board members.

Thursday July 16, 2015 3PM – 4:30PM

To Register:  Click here

How to Facilitate Brainstorming Sessions

Brainstorming is an investment in the future and a way to demonstrate to the participants how valuable they are. But if you don’t plan and facilitate it correctly, it can be viewed as a waste of time. Join us for an interactive session on how to maximize your investment and have people really be heard.

Thursday August 20, 2015 3PM – 4:30PM

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


Coming Soon to the Leadership Academy

Great Presentations – They Don’t Appear By Magic!

Financial Statements for Board Members**

Understanding how to communicate your nonprofit organization’s story through the financial statements is essential for board members and management. This session will provide an overview of nonprofit financial statements, highlight key indicators associated with the financial health of an organization, and help board members and management understand how to fulfill your financial fiduciary responsibility. This session is intended for Board Members, Executive Directors, Finance Committees, Audit Committees, and CFO’s.

Tuesday July 14, 2015   9-11AM

Location:  BPM Accountants and Consultants     2001 North Main Street #360 Walnut Creek

August 6, 2015   2:30 – 4:30PM

Location:  The English Center

66 Franklin Street #210   Jack London Square   Oakland

Cost: $10

To Register for the Walnut Creek Location:  Click here

To Register for the Oakland Location:  Click here 

Audit Readiness – Reduce Your Audit Fees**

An audit properly planned and executed is not only  less of a burden on you and your staff, but also can reduce your audit fees. Find out some techniques to begin, manage and close out the audit process efficiently and effectively and … maybe a few things to request of your audit firm to make it happen. This course is designed for the experienced financial executive.

Thursday July 16, 2015    2:30 – 4:30PM

The English Center

66 Franklin #210   Jack London Square   Oakland

Tuesday August 11, 2015     9-11AM

BPM Accounting & Consulting

2001 North Main Street #260 Walnut Creek

Cost*:    $10

To Register for the Oakland Location:  Click here

To Register for the Walnut Creek Location:  Click here

** These 2 trainings are sponsored by BPM Accountants and Consultants.

Facilitator: Burr Pilger Mayer (BPM) provides meaningful, comprehensive financial and business counsel. They are experts in accounting, tax, and finance, and their people are distinguished by their knowledge, discipline, and unremitting commitment to the success of clients.

As one of the largest California-based accounting and consulting firms, BPM has served the Bay Area’s emerging and mid-cap businesses as well as high net worth individuals for the past 26 years. Their SEC practice is one of the largest in the U.S., serving public companies throughout Silicon Valley and across the nation. Their highly specialized consultants are accredited turnaround advisors, valuation analysts, forensic accountants, senior appraisers, and more.


*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