East Bay Gives is May 5th!

VCEB’s mission is to connect dedicated and skilled volunteers with nonprofits to serve those with greatest need throughout the East Bay. Making a gift on Tuesday, May 5 – a one-day online giving event – is a great way to ensure that even more volunteers help strengthen critical services. Look for the link to the giving page to become live at midnight on May 5. Thank you for your support. Just click here to support the Volunteer Center East Bay Gives VCEB! Thank you!f-eastbay-presenting-sponsor-logo_upload1

SUMMER IS COMING!

School will soon be out, volunteering can be in! As school winds down, we celebrate the youth who volunteer for the fun of it, to explore interests, to meet new people and make new friends, to build resume and college application experience, to share talents and skills, or advance the common good. And, parents also know that volunteering is a great way to get them out of the house! Search for youth volunteer opportunities: Student volunteering or www.volunteereastbay.org

Save the date – upcoming CERT training!

The California CERT Advisory Workgroup will be holding a one day CERT Conference on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 in Richmond California.  An additional half day is scheduled for Monday June 29th (after lunch) with additional training workshops (think of this as pre conference training).  This conference will similar to the regional workshop held in Costa Mesa in 2014 and is open to Program Managers, Instructors and Volunteers. For more info, contact www.CaliforniaVolunteers.org or call 916-650-6959!

SPRING into volunteering!

Spring is a time of renewal and hope for many, and it’s great to see flowering trees and other signs of the season. Spring is also a great time to plant the seed of volunteerism. We have many one day projects coming up in March and April – many chances to get out with your family, sports team, youth group, co-workers, or just on your own working with an awesome East Bay nonprofit organization. It feels great to give back, and we can help you find the right place. Check out our calendar or search ongoing opportunities!

 

New Classes Added for Nonprofits!

volunteer handsVolunteers 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 – See more here!

MLK Day of Service Projects available!

MLK Day of Service/ Youth Action Day is January 19th, 2015! Volunteer projects are available for individuals and groups; we have projects to do through your own school or organization, and with local nonprofits! Register today!MLK what doing

New year, new volunteer you!

Here’s a blog post with 5 great reasons to add volunteering to your New Year’s resolutions. IF you are ready to start searching for your match, click here

Resolve to Volunteer in 2015

FIVE great reasons to make a volunteering resolution this year:

Very few things are as mutually beneficial as volunteering – to our community, to a nonprofit, to a recipient, and even to the volunteer themselves. Here are a few reasons to add volunteering to your resolution list this year! Very few things are as mutually beneficial as volunteering — to our community, to a nonprofit, to a recipient, and
even to the volunteer yourself. Here are a few reasons to add volunteering to your resolution list this year!

1. VOLUNTEERING IS A GREAT VALUE to the volunteer and the nonprofit to the recipient and the community. Did you know that the average value of a volunteer hour to a nonprofit is $22.55? (Of course, communities benefit if members are better off; the clients served are the direct beneficiaries of your time.)
2. VOLUNTEERING IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH. Countless studies have proven that doing good is actually good for your physical and mental well being. Get the health boost from making a difference!
3. VOLUNTEERING ACTUALLY DOESN’T TAKE THAT MUCH TIME. Studies of volunteers have shown that people who volunteer don’t really do more than those who don’t, nor do they have to give up other activities in order to find the time. Well, actually, the one area shows a change is that regular volunteers do watch slightly less television than non-volunteers. And isn’t that on your resolution list anyway?
4. VOLUNTEERING HELPS CREATE AND FIND JOBS. If you are searching for employment this year, keep in mind that volunteers are 27% more likely to get hired, and that more than 3/4 of hiring managers consider volunteer experience to be important when assessing a candidate.
5. VOLUNTEERING IS GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. Efficient use of resources helps all of us. Need we say more?
*BONUS REASON: VOLUNTEERING STRENGTHENS THE COMMUNITY AND WORKPLACE. Studies show that workplace volunteering benefits both the community and the employer and employee relationship. Because employees are happier, they can be more productive, and everyone benefits when the community is stronger. Get started today!

 

DEMOCRACY IN ACTION

Civic engagement is a cornerstone of our democracy.

flag map Participate by serving as an election worker in Alameda or Contra Costa Counties for the November election.

To help in Alameda County, click here.

For Contra Costa County, click here.

 

Earthquake Volunteers

This note is from The Volunteer Center of Napa County  (http://www.volunteernapa.org/)we heart napaNapa Quake Update –  If you are able to respond as a volunteer, please go to the Emergency Volunteer Center at Grace Church,  3765 Solano Ave, Napa, CA 94558. ALSO: Napa County has opened a Local Assistance Center (LAC) to help Napa County residents recover from earthquake. Volunteers, especially bilingual (Spanish/English) volunteers are needed to help translate.
LAC hours are 11am to 7pm every day starting today (no end time yet).  They will take any volunteers any time they are available during these hours.  The LAC is located at: 301 1st St, Napa, CA
(Corner of 1st Street and Silverado Trail- formerly JV Wine & Spirit) or please contact Mark Woo at 510-666-7494.