Training

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 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

Risk Management

Have you asked? Is it covered? How should you handle the following:

1) Insurance certificate requests – your responsibilities

2) Contracts (i.e. leases, funding contracts) – Make sure you have the coverage before signing on the bottom line

3) Special Events – Are you covered? What about that jumpy house? Vendors? Alcohol? What to be aware of: That Fund-Raiser Should not be A Fund-Drainer

4) Programs involving Volunteers, Seniors, Youth, what to consider.

Don’t be caught off guard. Learn to protect your Assets, Staff and Volunteers.

January 27, 2015 9-10:30AM

Concord Police Department 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.

Facilitator: Jane-Marie Garcia began her insurance career in June 1974 and has been an independent agent/broker and business owner since 1990. She has served on the board of directors for the Independent Insurance Agents Association 17 years. She is one of the founders of the Monument Crisis Center in Concord which provides food, tutoring, programs for seniors, youth and the disadvantaged people in Central Contra Costa County. She remains actively involved and serves as Vice President on the board and volunteers with the senior program. Jay-Marie teaches risk management classes to entrepreneurial new business owners. She has served on the fundraising and risk management committees for Shelter in of Contra Costa County.

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 biggest issue of all: Whose fault is it if we don’t have enough money?

Here’s what past participants have said:

“Everything in this training was applicable! It applied to every aspect of our current

board and organizational structure.”

“Now I have clarity of whose job is what and how to do it well.”

“Sitting with my board members and learning the difference between board and staff responsibilities was life-altering. And now we both know what a board meeting agenda ought to look like to take full advantage of our time together.”

“I’m looking forward to bringing this thinking about board roles and relationships with staff back to the board. I wish I’d gone through this training when I first joined the board.”

Join us on January 29, 2015 as we bring BoardWorks™ to Alameda County. 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.

January 29, 2015 5:00PM – 8:00PM Check-in begins at 4:45PM

Castro Valley Sanitary District Board Room

21040 Marshall Street           Castro Valley

Cost*:   $125 for Member Agencies $150 for Non Member Agencies

Fee includes dinner and materials.  To Register: Click here

* Registration in accordance to VCEB Policy. A minimum of 7 participants is required to conduct this training.

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/ED 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.

Harassment Prevention Training

For Supervisors*

Fulfill your mandatory obligation or participate in a best practice

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!

February 4, 2014 9-11AM

Concord Police Department   1350 Galindo Street     Concord

Registration is $10. Registration in accordance to VCEB Policy.

To Register: Click Here

*In partnership with 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.

Volunteer Team Building

Volunteer Teambuilding Training – What do volunteers want? They want to know that they have made a difference. There are techniques, structures and exercises that you can learn to create teams that do great work. Come learn, laugh and play a bit as you figure out what would work for volunteers to strengthen their commitment and impact.

Thursday February 5, 2015       2:30PM – 4PM

Richmond Community Foundation Community Board Room

1014 Florida Ave., Suite 200     Richmond

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

To Register: Click Here (Calibri 10 Bold)

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

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 nineteen years.

The Nuts and Bolts of CA Wage and Hour Laws

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

Session 1     February 25, 2015 9-11AM

The Ten Most Common (and Costly) Wage and Hour Mistakes Made By Employers  

How do common mistakes made by employers relate to Wage & Hour Laws? What can you do to avoid them?

Session 2 :       March 25, 2014 9-11AM

When Is An Intern An Employee And Answers To Other Questions That Keep You Up At Night

How employers classify people who perform work for them is one of the most litigated areas of California employment law. The State of California recently identified misclassification as one of its priority enforcement areas, pledging to increase its employer auditing to recoup what it considers to be significant lost revenue for the State. The second of this four-part series focuses on this topic.

Session 3 :     April 22, 2015 9-11AM

Meal and Rest Period Obligations and How to Make Them Work For Your Workplace

All California employers should understand the current state of the law on meal and rest period obligations. At this seminar, learn best practices for managing rest/meal periods and answers to these important questions:

When during the shift can meal and rest periods be taken?

Can meal periods simply be offered to employees, or do employers need to ensure they are taken?

What if employees don’t take a meal period?

Session 4 :     May 20, 2015 9-11AM

Postings, Policies and California’s Wage Orders

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?

All Sessions will be held at the Concord Police Department – 1350 Galindo St. Concord from 9-11AM

Cost*:$35 per training for Member Agencies OR $100 for all Sessions              $50 per training for Non Member Agencies   OR   $175 for all 4 Sessions

To Register:

Sessions 1-4:   Click here

Session 1 only: Click here

Session 2 only: Click here

Session 3 only: Click here

Session 4 only: 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.

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 our office in Walnut Creek (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.

January: Marketing/Communications Roundtable

The good points and the challenging points to using social media.

January 14, 2015                         9AM – 10AM

To Register:   Click here

Facilitator: John Sterns has 15 years’ experience in fundraising for foundations, universities and nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and overseas. He is familiar with all types of philanthropy, ranging from annual funds and events to institutional gifts, major gifts and planned giving. His background also includes work in marketing and communications.

February 11, 2015: Executive Director Roundtable

Topic: Employee Evaluations – Easing the Agony

Does doing employee evaluations keep you up at night? Is it a struggle to draft the right combination of praise and improvement to motivate not deflate? Let’s support each other’s efforts with hints from Hanson Bridgett LLP and some real life, on the ground discussion

To Register: Click here

Facilitator: Jo 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.

If you are interested in having these Peer to Peer Roundtable Discussions offered in Alameda County and have a space in which to host us, please contact Heidi@volunteereastbay.org

Leadership Academy

Introducing VCEB’s 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. The 90-minute trainings will be held on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 3:00 – 4:30PM at VCEB’s Walnut Creek office. We are located at 700 Ygnacio Valley Rd. #140, Walnut Creek. The cost is $35/session for Member Agencies and $50/session for Non Member Agencies.

How to Facilitate Brainstorming Sessions     January 15, 2015

Taking the time to brainstorm 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.

To Register: Click here

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 nineteen years.

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*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.

For additional information, 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