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.

VCEB TRAININGS – Upcoming Sessions

The Nuts and Bolts of CA Wage and Hour Laws

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

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.

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?

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 

$50 per training for Non Member Agencies

To Register:

When is an Intern an Employee: Click here

Meal and Rest Period Obligation: Click here

Postings, Policies and California’s Wage Orders: 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.

March 11, 2015: Volunteer Managers Roundtable

Topic: Just in time for Volunteer Week in April – Single Days of Service

More and more volunteers are looking to get involved and make a difference in a single day of service.
Topics covered:
• How to create meaningful work that can be completed in a single day by a large group of diverse volunteers
• How you can incorporate single days of service into your program, and begin to think more creatively about volunteer engagement?
• What systems and structures can help you manage single day events
• Tips for recognizing and building relationships with single day volunteers

To Register: Click here

Facilitator:  Dee Dee Robillard is a Project Coordinator at the Volunteer Center of the East Bay. She facilitates corporate volunteer matching and is program coordinator for Corporate Caring Volunteer Week, Share the Spirit programs, and Youth Action Days. In addition she manages the website, social media, and VCEB’s dedicated volunteers

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

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*.

The Language of Leadership

Do your words help or hurt your leadership skills? There are ways to phrase praise and constructive criticism to assist and enhance your message. Join us to identify “trigger words” to avoid and “positive comments” to use in working with your volunteers, staff and board. We look at conversations, presentations, memos and emails and highlight ways to portray your perspective in a positive light.

Thursday March 19, 2015 3-4:30
The Volunteer Center of the East Bay
700 Ygnacio Valley Rd. #140 Walnut Creek

To Register:  Click here
* 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.

Sick Leave – Are You Ready?*

April 14, 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.

Location: Concord Police Department 1350 Galindo Street Concord
Cost*: $10
To Register: Click here
Registration is in accordance to VCEB Policy.

*In partnership with and underwritten 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.



*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

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