July eNews - El Centro de la Raza


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The King County Elections are just around the corner! Don't forget to cast your ballot by August 6th to ensure your vote counts!

Have you heard? Our annual gala and auction is coming up! The Building the Beloved Community Gala will take place on October 5th at 5:00 p.m. Complete with mariachi music, a three-course dinner, live auction and the presentation of our Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Awards and Scholarships, this is an evening you don't want to miss! Tickets to the auction are on sale now, and we are also still looking for Table Ambassadors! Table Ambassadors play a critical role in inviting and welcoming guests at their table, and setting the mood for the evening. We also have advertisement space available in our event program booklet and we are of course always looking for great auction items! If you'd like more information on how to purchase a ticket, become a Table Ambassador, purchase advertising space, or donate an item, please visit www.legacyawardsgala.org

Click to see a preview of just a few of the fabulous auction items that will be offered!
In the words of long-time friend and supporter of El Centro de la Raza, Patty Lally, "Organizing a table, buying a ticket, purchasing an auction item is more than just donating, it’s ensuring there is food in the food bank, that a family can make rent, and that our kids graduate high school and attend college." We can't wait to see you in October!

We want to call your attention to some important developments that are happening within our county government that we believe are a step in the right direction. King County Council Members Larry Gossett and Joe McDermott are co-sponsoring a proposed King County ordinance that would change the way our court system honors ICE holds on arrestees. At the present time, ICE filters through the King County jail roster, and determines whether detainees have undocumented status. ICE places holds on those with undocumented status, regardless of their crime, and the King County jail detains the immigrant for ICE processing and possible deportation. Supporters of the ordinance are concerned that most detainees are not serious criminals, and the relationship between county officials and ICE is creating distrust of the police in the community, and making the task of protecting the community difficult for police, as well as breaking families apart unnecessarily. Under the new ordinance, people convicted of minor offenses would still be subject to prosecution in the local justice system, but would not be held for ICE processing.

Council Member Larry Gossett, Sheriff John Urquhart, and Attorney Ann Benson recentlyHilda Testifying 3 appeared on KCTS 9 for an interview with Enrique Cerna. From Sheriff Urquhart's perspective, "If people are afraid to call the police...I can't keep people safe...I believe people are not reporting crimes, people are not calling us because they're afraid they're going to get deported. And if it's for a low-level crime in the first place, then that's not acceptable to me." KING 5 coverage of this story on July 22nd included testimony from our Child Development Center Director, Hilda Magaña. Hilda points out "We don't need to use local money, money that is supposed to be used for local programs that the community needs, to support the ICE agenda. Also, private owners of detention centers benefit from the current policy, and we must stop the abuse of the system."

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Estela Ortega
Executive Director

P.S. - And of course, visit our website to stay up to date on the happenings at El Centro de la Raza and in nuestra comunidad - our community.

Food Bank Provides Summer Employment to Youth
Meet Gloria! At age 15, she already has her first summer job at El Centro de la Raza! Through the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), Gloria works in our food bank 4 days per week, and helps out with the Senior Nutrition and Wellness Program during coffee hour, among an assortment of other projects that staff assign her, such as helping out at the front desk, or providing valuable feedback on youth summer camp activities. But her favorite part, she says, is the food bank. "I like working in the food bank because I like to see people's faces light up. Sometimes people walk in to the room all depressed, and then leave happy." The program runs from the end of the school year through August and provides employment to three youth at El Centro de la  Raza. In addition to the valuable job skills Gloria will gain during her time here this summer, she says its also helping her to develop a spirit of generosity. "Usually when people ask me for food, I say 'no'. But I realized working here that its important to say 'yes' as much as possible. It feels good to say 'yes', and it makes other people feel good too." Mil gracias Gloria for your amazing committment to building the "beloved community"

Employment Program Partners with Sears

We are excited to announce our Employment Program has recently partnered with Sears who is hiring Spanish speaking individuals.  They offer competitive pay and benefits, great training and opportunities for advancement. Current positions are available in Commission Sales, Cashiers, Backroom Associates, Auto Center and Loss Prevention throughout King County.

As a participant of the Employment Program one of the incentives provided is that we help create resume and cover letters to find and secure employment. Part of this also includes partnering with local businesses and industry representatives such as Sears. This gives us the opportunity to personally match and refer our participants to be rapidly selected for hire.

If you are bilingual and inspired to excel, this may be the job for you! For more information regarding these exciting opportunities contact Camila Lagow (260) 957-4622 or Janet Stafford (206) 957-4644.

Amazing Youth Helping to Preserve Culture and History

youth on the boatMussel farms, mammoth bones, the dusty storefronts of 19th Century Main Street, and the windblown prairies. These are all part of the unique character of Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve on Whidbey Island. Five students from our Hope For Youth Program had the opportunity to explore this area and the process of historic and natural preservation on a 4 day excursion to Whidbey Island as particpants of the Washington Trust For Historic Preservation and Discover Washington's Youth Heritage Project. Rahel, Pamela, Miguel, Javier and Magdalena, all students at Chief Sealth, joined 37 other students from around Washington to immerse themselves in the rich history of Ebey's Landing, and to contribute to the preservation of this site. The youth visited Willowood Farm to help harvest garlic, 3 Sisters Farm to learn how to make use of every part of a barley plant, and Fort Casey, the fortress that defended Whidbey Island during WWII. At Penn Cove, they learned how to harvest mussels, and at the historic home of the community's founder, Isaac Ebey, students learned how to restore windows in the old style. Two of our students were so talented at glazing and woodcutting, they received an invitation to come back and volunteer, or possibly get a job! Students also toured the museums, the prairies, and the historic seaside town that capture the story of the native tribal communities and the settlers that came from around the world to Whidbey Island. All of these activities culminated in a town hall meeting in which each student presented their analysis. Eduardo Diaz, our Hope for Youth Program Assistant, observed, "The students put a lot of thought into their presentations. Folks were really impressed with their insight." Upon arriving back in Seattle, the students told us that their favorite parts were the mussels and garlic they harvested, cooked and ate. They also said "We learned it's important to preserve history. If you do it right, you can tell a beautiful story to help people imagine what life was like back then." Congratulations to our youth who completed this project with such enthusiasm, and mil gracias to Washington Trust, Discover Washington, the Ebey's Landing Community, and the many supporting partners who made this experience possible!


FREE Summer Meals at El Centro de la Raza!
Summer meals

June 24th - August 22th
Monday -Thursday
11:00 a.m. - 12 (noon) – Lunch
3:00-4:00 p.m. – Snack

We will be providing FREE Lunch and Snacks all summer long for young people ages 17 and below, starting next Monday, June 24th!
All Summer Meals will be served in the Kiosko/Gazebo on our South Lot during the following days and times:

All Meals are Free of Charge to any youth ages 17 and younger! Spread the word. This is a service for everyone in the community! This service is being coordinated through the Hope for Youth Program of the Frances Martinez Community Services Department in partnership with the City of Seattle’s Summer Meals Program 2013!

Experience Latino Art in Seattle!
Latino Art Exhibit
July - October, 2013
Washington State Convention Center
Level 2, South Galleria
800 Convention Pl Seattle, WA 98101

Hispanic Heritage Month Reception
Friday, September 13, 2013
5-8 pm

Alfredo Arreguín
Blanca Santander
Fulgencio Lazo
Jose Orantes
Marcio Diaz
Tatiana Garmendia

Click here for more information about this exhibit and the artists

Seattle Mabuhay Lions Club Offers FREE Health Screenings to the Public at El Centro de la Raza
NW Lions truck
August 18, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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The 62-foot-long, medically-equipped Lions Health Screening Unit (LHSU) travels throughout Washington and Northern Idaho to give free health screenings at schools, fairs, and other public events. Checking for glaucoma, diabetes, high blood pressure, and sight and hearing loss is key to interventions in potentially life-threatening health problems. This year, the Lions Health Screening Unit will provide free screening for an estimated 30,000 patients, the vast majority of whom will be children. El Centro de la Raza is proud to partner with Seattle Mabuhay Lions Cub for this commendable activity.

Building the Beloved Community Gala October 5th, 2013
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This year’s Building the Beloved Community Gala will be held at the Washington State Convention Center on Saturday, October 5th, 2013. The evening will begin at 5:00pm with a silent auction and reception with mariachi music, appetizers and drinks. A three-course dinner will follow, accompanied by a live auction and the presentation of our Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Awards and Scholarships. Auctioneer Laura Michalek will lead the exciting live auction.  and will be joined on stage by this year’s Master of Ceremonies, Patricia Lally!
Click here to see a preview of some of the items! For more information on opportunities to purchase a table, buy tickets, make a donation or volunteer, please visit our Building the Beloved Community Gala webpage: www.LegacyAwardsGala.org

Youth Poetry

Hielen Enyew is one of our graduating 8th graders and will attend Chief Sealth in the Fall.
In her free time, Hielen likes watching TV shows, reading books, hanging out with friends and doing math problems. In the future, she wants to become an aerospace engineer in the military, and build new things to make the world a better place. Hielen says, "I chose to write about my mom because she is the woman who made me become the person I am and I appreciate and thank her for that"


Like a female lion, she’s protective and caring
She’s strong like a wall made out of stone
And always right with her positive choices
A smart woman always thinking ahead
She’s from the beautiful land of Ethiopia
She does great things every day
She whispers in my ears
She holds me in her heart
When I’m filled with all my fears
She guides me the best she can
Taught me like no other
I’m thankful I’m the lucky one
Who gets to call her mom.

-Hielen Enyew

El Centro de la Raza Events!            

              August 1:   Café con El Centro de la Raza 

              August 7:   Legal Clinic, 6:00 p.m.
              August 18:  Free Health Screenings at El Centro de la Raza
              August 20: Tamale-making Class


Anuncios y Felicitaciones
Announcements & Congratulations


Financial Education Classes and Homebuyer Education Classes!

Looking to buy a home? Improve your credit? Obtain a loan or manage your bank account? Then these classes may be for you! Financial Education classes are offered in cooperation with local credit unions and banks to answer your specific money management questions. Two class series are offered in English, Español, or both, depending on student needs. Click here for more information.

Parking for a Cause at El Centro de la Raza!

El Centro de la Raza has opened its temporary light rail parking lot to the public located at 2524 16th Ave S in Seattle next to the Beacon Hill Light Rail Station. The lot is minutes from downtown and the stadiums for Seahawks, Sounders and Mariners games! Proceeds benefit El Centro de la Raza’s 49 human services and community building programs. Please call (206) 957-4603 or email facilities@elcentrodelaraza.org for monthly parking or airport passes.

We have 2 Zipcars living in our South Parking Lot!

Conveniently located next to the lightrail station, this neighborhood now has access to "wheels when you want them"! Click here to visit the Zipcar website and set up a Zipcar membership in support of El Centro de la Raza's programs and services!


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El Centro de la Raza
2524 16th Ave South | Seattle, WA 98144
Tel: (206) 957-4605 | Email: donor@elcentrodelaraza.org



Food Bank Provides Summer Employment to Youth

Employment Program Partners with Sears

Amazing Youth Helping to Preserve Culture and History

Free Summer Meals at El Centro de la Raza

Experience Latino Art in Seattle

FREE Health Screenings at El Centro de la Raza

Building the Beloved Community Gala, October 5th

Youth Poetry

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When you sign up for a 'B' Caring card, and elect to support El Centro de la Raza, 4% of your purchase price will go to support El Centro de la Raza's programs! Signing up is easy and FREE! Just print the form, and bring to Bartell Drugs, or ask at the store.
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Support El Centro de la Raza's 33 programs by simply clicking here! Automatic monthly donations are a great option to give all year long!
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Tamale Making Classes
at El Centro de la Raza
10 AM - 12:30 PM, Saturdays: 
Next class will be August 17th, 2013
Taught by Master Tamalera, Jaimie Bautista!
Click here to learn more!
Class fee: $75 per per class - includes recipe & a dozen uncooked tamales.
Fees support our Senior Wellness Program which provides balanced daily congregate meals, social & educational activities, exercise classes three times weekly and meal delivery for homebound seniors.
For more details: 206-957-4611 or email.

Spanish Classes
6-7:30 PM Tuesdays/Thursdays:
Fall 2013 Class Schedule:
October 8, 2013 – December 10,, 2013
Learn Spanish from native speakers in a unique educational setting! Class fees help support our 49 Human Service and Community Building Programs. Adult beginner to advanced level classes are available.
Click here to sign up!
For more details: 206-957-4605 or email.

Un grupo de apoyo y de conversación para la mujer Latina!
Para más información favor de contactor a Brenda Mendoza: (206) 957-4641.

                    You're invited!
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Café con El Centro de la Raza:
At El Centro de la Raza
Next Café - Thursday, August 1st
8:00 AM
How can you become an integral part of the community at El Centro de la Raza? You can start by RSVPing to an upcoming Cafe con El Centro de la Raza!

The Café is a great way to introduce yourself to our executive director, Estela Ortega, a board member, and staff from our programs. Learn the history of our roots, tour our building and programs, learn ways to get involved and network with like-minded folks. Share coffee & pan dulce with us!

Café con El Centro de la Raza takes place the 1st Thursday of every month. Call 206-957-4652 or email to RSVP. 
Coffee generously donated by Starbucks!
Get more involved! Can you devote 2-3 hours or more a week, month, year, or just one time? We always have the need for volunteers.
For details contact our Volunteer Coordinator,
Taylor Skoglund:
(206) 957-4602 or by Email.
Also see our website's volunteer section!
El Centro de la Raza relies on donations from our individual supporters to keep our programs running.

We are also fortunate enough to have corporate and foundation sponsors and grants for many of our programs and services:

National Council of la Raza - $30,876 including HUD funding, for Homeownership Counseling,

Washington State Housing Finance Commission approved up to $150,000 in Foreclosure Fairness Act money for Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling.

Comcast - $13,000 for third-year Digital Connectors (technology training for youth) funding.

Mil Gracias to all of our wonderful funders, sponsors and donors!
Ramon Soliz, President
Jeff Middelton, Vice President
David Gasca, Treasurer
Roxana Amaral, Secretary
Victoria Kill, Parliamentarian
Francisco Calderon

Dorry Elias-Garcia
Cristina Garcia
Ricardo Garcia
Rhonda Gossett
Pablo Mendoza
Janet Jaime Rodriguez
Madrienne Salgado
Urbano Santos
Ofelia Alanis Torres
With over 24,950 volunteer hours, El Centro de la Raza serves 18,633 individuals and 9,389 families annually through the following programs and services:
Basic Healthcare Enrollment
Bebes!  Infant Mortality Prevention
Café con El Centro
César Chávez Demonstration Garden
College Readiness
COMCAST Digital Connectors
Community Meeting Space
Community Service
Crisis Advocacy
Cultural / Political / Social Events
Economic Development
ECR Transitional Housing
El Patio Apartments
ESL Classes / Spanish Classes
Financial Empowerment
Food Bank
Foreclosure Counseling
Growing & Learning Together
Healthy Cooking Classes /
   Nuestras Comidas
Homeless Assistance
Hope for Youth Poetry & Civil Rights
  History Classes
HUD Housing Counseling
Immigrant / Human / Civil Rights Social
Justice  Advocacy
José Martí Child Development Center
Latino Hot Meal Program
Legal Clinic Site
Local, State, National & International  
  Coalition Building
Luis Alfonso Velásquez Flores
After School Program
Parent-Child Home Program
Plaza Roberto Maestas
Santos Rodriguez Memorial Park
Senior Nutrition & Wellness
Senior Home Delivered Meals
Smoking Cessation
Tax Prep Site
Transit Oriented Parking
Veteran’s Services
Youth Case Management & Cultural
Youth Employment
Youth Technology Training
Youth Violence Prevention
Volunteer Opportunities

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