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. 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.

 

Peer to Peer Roundtable Discussion

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.

September 9, 2015    Executive Directors  9AM – 10AM

Focus:  Executive Director = All things to all people, right?  How do you find and maintain a balance at work, at home, in life?  Come share and learn as we talk about ways to handle our demanding jobs and also have a real life.  (Even though it is breakfast, there will be chocolate involved.)

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.

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 Brainstorming Sessions

Thursday August 20, 2015 3PM – 4:30PM

Brainstorming combines a relaxed, informal approach to problem solving with lateral thinking. It encourages people to come up with thoughts and ideas that can, at first, seem a bit crazy. Some of these ideas can be crafted into original, creative solutions to a problem, while others can spark even more ideas. This helps to get people unstuck by “jolting” them out of their normal ways of thinking. Brainstorming can be an effective way to generate lots of ideas on a specific issue and then determine which idea – or ideas – is the best solution.
Taking the time to brainstorm ideas 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

 Great Presentations – They Don’t Appear By Magic 

September 17, 2015    3PM – 4:30PM

Great Presentations Don’t Happen By Accident.  Join the interactive Leadership Academy class to learn and share how to make each of your presentations valuable and informative without experiencing “Death by Power Point.”  Let’s determine the elements of a great presentation and how to use them

To Register:  Click here

Energizing Volunteers

Thursday October 8, 2015       3PM – 4:30PM 

Spark new life into your current volunteers and entice new volunteers with some fun exercises.  Make working with You the hottest ticket in town!

Please note that” Energizing Volunteers” will be held at the following location:

Abode Services                   40849 Fremont Blvd.     Fremont, California

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.

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

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.

October 14, 2015    2:30 – 4:30PM

Location:  American Red Cross

3901 Broadway (at 40th)  Oakland

Cost: $10

To Register:  Click here 

** 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.

 

Performance Management

This 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:

Session #1            Interviewing and Hiring    

September 2, 2015          9AM – 11AM  

Hiring the wrong person can disrupt teams and throw off budgets.  Learn what you can do to optimize the chances of hiring well for the long-term.

 

Session #2         Integrating New Employees & Communicating Your                                                   Work Culture   

October 7, 2015     9AM – 11AM

It’s not about the New Employee package anymore. You have a new member on your team. Explore best practices to communicate your culture to new employees during on-boarding. If it’s not going to work, the earlier you know, the better.

Session #3        Navigating Time Off –   Vacation, Sick Leave, Mandated                                             Leave & Leaves of Absence 

November 4, 2015                9AM – 11AM  

There’s nothing more fraught with potential pitfalls than California’s leave laws. Make sure you understand your obligations and have processes and procedures to deal with them.

Session #4          Performance Management & Terminations 

December 2, 2015                9AM – 11AM            

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

 

All Sessions will be held from 9AM – 11AM

Location:   Concord Police Department      1350 Galindo Street  Concord

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

Non-Member Agencies: $50 per training OR   $175 for all 4 Sessions (This special price is good through 8/15/2015)

To Register:

Sessions 1 – 4: Click here

Session 1 (Interviewing and Hiring) only: Click here

Session 2 (Integrating New Employees) only: Click here

Session 3 (Navigating Time Off) only: Click here

Session 4 (Performance Management& Terminations) only: Click here

*  There is a $10 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.

 

Creating a Workplan – Track it to Success!

Learn to use a customizable work plan template which, when complete, serves as a roadmap for project accountability, integration, and timing. Line up the strategies to reach goals and map it all out.  Keep track of who does what, when, and with whom, along with anticipated challenges, resource management and evaluation.

A completed work plan allows each team member to know their role, timing, and how their actions contribute to overall project success.  It is a practical, ready to use tool for those managing any size project and staff.

Thursday October 8, 2015           9AM – 10:30AM

Concord Police Department

1350 Galindo Street     Concord

 To Register: Click Here    

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

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

Facilitator: Julie Mason has enjoyed twenty-five years in the non-profit world and recreation. Her areas of experience include recreation, economic education, domestic violence, supportive housing for homeless families, volunteer programs, grant management, and community development. She believes a quality program can make all the difference in inspiring individuals and agencies. Along with occasional consulting, Julie currently runs the Town of Danville’s Volunteer Program and Biddy Sports, a youth sports program for preschoolers.

VCEB TRAININGS

*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 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