FAQ

What does RSVP mean?
R.S.V.P. stands for a French phrase, “répondez, s’il vous plaît,” which means “please reply.”

The community service event organizer wo­uld like you to tell him or her whether you accept or decline the invitation for a volunteer spot. That is, will you be coming to the event or not?

This is important from a practical point of view, because the event organizer needs to know how many volunteers to count on in order to properly manage the event.

What is a volunteer opportunity?
A volunteer opportunity refers to a call for help from a community service event. These type of events depend on the willingness of people to lend a helping hand to make the community a better place.
What is a volunteer?
Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity where an individual or group provides services for no financial gain “to benefit another person, group or organization”.

Volunteering is also renowned for skill development and is often intended to promote goodness or to improve human quality of life. Volunteering may have positive benefits for the volunteer as well as for the person or community served.

It is also intended to make contacts for possible employment. Many volunteers are specifically trained in the areas they work, such as medicine, education, or emergency rescue. Others serve on an as-needed basis, such as in response to a natural disaster.

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What is an event?
This site is dedicated to help volunteers connect with community service events. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is such an event. There are others: some events are associated with federal holidays (like MLK Day), others are associated with state holidays like Cesar Chavez Day in California, others are regional events like local emergency food drives, etc.

As long as the event is a community service event that one could find written about on the CNCS site (as in contrast to, let’s say, a performing arts event with ticket sales), it will fit on this site.

What is an event organizer?
The event organizer is the person, representing a municipality or community service nonprofit, who actively manages a community service event. That person will most likely also handle the volunteer waivers.
How do I get an event listed?
If you are the event organizer, please contact eastbayvolunteers.org and notify us about your event.
Does East Bay Volunteers have an office or employees?
Nope, there is no office and there are no employees, just this site. If you need/want to contact any of us, please use the Contact Us form.
Who is this site affiliated with?
This site is operated independently by Marcus von Euw and Tom Froehlich as a free, low-budget service to the East Bay community. This site and its operators are not formally affiliated with any East Bay municipality or nonprofit organization or corporate business, etc.
How does this site make ends meet?
Well, we want to keep the site free to a prospective volunteer looking for a volunteer opportunity, and a prospective event organizer looking for volunteers to help with his or her project. That is to say that we do not charge a fee for users of this site, be they prospective volunteers or event organizers.

Hopefully, the site will be able to provide its services on a low-budget as we do not maintain an office (pay rent) and do not employ staff (pay payroll).

However, there are some out-of-pocket costs involved in operating this site: hosting fees, software licenses, etc. The operator will also need to spend some time on maintaining and marketing the site, etc.

So, we’ll accept sponsorships from benefitting parties; and we might show a few ads to bring in a few dollars to cover the basics. Hope we’ll be forgiven for that 😉