El Centro de la Raza - January eNews
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January 14, 2014

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Feliz Año Nuevo! A new year means big changes and 2015 will be a year of expansion for El Centro de la Raza. Our Frances Martinez Community Service Center now has funding for expansion in our youth violence prevention and smoking cessation programs, development of a low-income transit pass program, and growth in our health enrollment program. These developments will help us continue to support the most vulnerable members of our community and provide them with both the knowledge and support that promotes self-sufficiency. For more information about our Human and Emergency Services check out our website or call us at (206) 957-4634.
Our largest and most exciting expansion in 2015, however, will be the ground-breaking of Plaza Roberto Maestas! Our Community-inspired, transit-oriented, affordable-housing and mixed-use development will break ground at 11:00am on March 6th.

Please join us for the historic Plaza Roberto Maestas Groundbreaking Celebration as we turn the first shovels of dirt starting a $42 million affordable housing project that will benefit our entire community for generations to come. The groundbreaking ceremony will take place outside on the South parking lot with a reception immediately following on the top floor of El Centro de la Raza. Admission is free, so stop by for live music, food, refreshments, and special presentations by elected officials and funders. There will also be customized bricks for sale to commemorate your support of this historic project! Please RSVP to Yunuen Castorena (206) 957-4605 or execasst@elcentrodelaraza.org.

I also want to remind everyone that 2015 health coverage open enrollment is currently going on and will continue until February, 15th. If you are not enrolled in a health plan in 2015, you will have to pay a penalty even greater than last year. If you need help registering for health coverage or would like more information about your rights under the Affordable Care Act, sign-up for a personal one-on-one meeting in our Health Coverage Enrollment Program, located in the Frances Martinez Community Services Center Rm 213. For more information, contact the Enrollment Navigator, Ramiro Reyes by email or at (206) 957-4625.

Estela Ortega
Executive Director

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To make a donation to Plaza Roberto Maestas and help build a community where all can thrive, contact Stephen Deal, Capital Development Director, by phone (206) 957-4607 or email.

El Centro de la Raza News/Noticias

2014 Service Awards

Annually, El Centro de la Raza recognizes volunteers and staff who have displayed exceptional service and dedication to our mission and our community. Congratulations to all of our award recipients! Mil gracias for your hard work and commitment to our community! 

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Employee of the Year
Derrick Belgarde

Exemplary Volunteer of the Year
Juan Miranda

Volunteer Hero Award
Francisco Calderon

Equipo del Año Award
Starbucks Employees & Hora del Café

Spirit Award
Raquel Garcia

Board Member Service (13 years)

Jeff Middelton
3 Years of Outstanding ServiceService Awards (3)
Leslea Bowling
Denise Perez Lally
Bernadette Polinar
Piero Prada
Alejandro Calderon
Maria James

5 Years of Outstanding Service
Iran Barba
Luisa Beltran

10 Years of Outstanding Service
Bertha Hernandez
Rocio Espiritu
Mirabella Escobar

15 Years of Outstanding Service
Miguel Maestas

30 Years of Outstanding Service
Hilda Magaña 

Walsh Construction Giving Campaign

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Estela Ortega accepting a donation from Bill Reid, President and 
General Manager of Walsh Constuction.

This year, employees from Walsh Contruction have pledged to donate $3,465.00 in payroll deductions and donations to El Centro de la Raza. Walsh has agreed to match the donation, raising a total of $5,925.15 for El Centro de la Raza from their Employee Community Giving Campaign. These donations support our programs and services with the greatest need and help countless families avoid foreclosure, help seniors stay active, and provide a culturally enriching learning environment for young children. Mil gracias to Walsh Construction Company and their employees for generously contributing to and supporting our cause.  

Regístrese Ahora / Register Now

Sign Up for Our 2015 Cooking Classes Today!

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Learn how to cook traditional cultural dishes and support your community at the same time!

El Centro de la Raza has expanded its popular Tamale Making Classes to include a wider variety of cooking classes! Learn how to cook our favorite dishes, share in our culture, and meet new people at the same time. Class fees vary and directly support our Senior Nutrition and Wellness Program. Classes are held on select Saturdays at El Centro de la Raza. Follow this link to view fees for specific classes. Please help us improve our cooking classes by telling us what you want! Click here to take our quick 7 question survey. Upcoming cooking classes:

Click here to purchase tickets for cooking classes. For more information e-mail development@elcentrodelaraza.org or call (206) 957-4611.

Register Now for our Winter Spanish Classes!

Spanish Class eBlast 

Enrollment is now open for El Centro de la Raza’s Winter Quarter of Cultural Spanish Classes. These classes are a fun and exciting way to support El Centro de la Raza as you develop your Spanish skills. If you are interested in learning Spanish or improving your skills, register today and help spread the word.
Winter Quarter: February 3rd through April 9th

  • Class fee- $300 (All proceeds go directly to support our 44 services and programs)
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Classes are taught by engaging, highly trained Spanish teachers
  • Emphasis on 1-on-1 conversational development

For more information or to enroll, visit our website. You can also contact us by email execasst@elcentrodelaraza.org or call us at (206) 957-4605.


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Free Tax Prep at El Centro de la Raza

United Way of King County offers free tax preparation at 21 locations in King County with sites opening on Tuesday, January 13. El Centro de la Raza is one of the sites! More information is below. Click here for information in Spanish.

Free-Tax-Prep Flyer

For site locations, hours of operation, maps and more information visit uwkc.org/taxhelp or call 2-1-1. Anyone making under $58,000 annually can also file online by visiting www.myfreetaxes.com/kingcounty. 

El Centro de la Raza Offering Financial Education Classes

Bring your financial questions, and we'll be sure to cover the topics that are most important to you, from getting affordable car loans to preparing yourself financially to buy a house! At the end of the workshop you will have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one appointment with a financial counselor, as well as receive a certificate of attendance making you eligible for a $100 incentive! Click here for dates and more detailed, bilingual information.

Become a Knowledgeable Homeowner at Our Homebuyer Education Workshops

El Centro de la Raza's Homeownership Center is holding a series of monthly Homebuyer Education Workshops. These classes will give you an overview of the home buying process and will be led by fully bilingual volunteers and staff. Click here for more detailed, bilingual information.

To make a contribution to El Centro de la Raza and help us continue programs like Homebuyer, Health Coverage, and Financial Education classes, click here or call (206) 957-4652.

Our Community-Nuestra Comunidad

CPC Hosting a Body Camera and Police Accountability Forum
El Centro de la Raza will be partnering with the Community Police Commission (CPC) to organize a forum on Saturday, January 24, 9:30am-12:00pm at New Holly. This community engagement forum will be related to body cameras and police accountability. Speakers will talk about body camera policy, purpose of body cameras, Public Records and Privacy Acts, and other issues pertaining to police accountability. Join us at this forum to actively engage in discussion and learn more about body cameras for police officers. For more information, view the CPC website


Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee Seeking Community Input

The Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee has opened an online survey so you can share your thoughts about affordable housing in the Seattle area. Mayor Ed Murray and City Council members created the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) to help develop livable and affordable housing as well as mixed-income neighborhoods in Seattle. Click here to learn more about HALA and share your input by taking their survey. 

2015 Facing Race Report 


Facing Race, a report released on Wednesday, January 7th by the Washington State Budget & Policy Center and Washington Community Action Network provides analysis revealing the racial inequalities in Washington State and describes legislative priorities for 2015. Aligning with our mission to stamp out inequalities in the constant fight to achieve social justice, El Centro de la Raza endorses the report. View the full report here. 

Sound Transit New Reduced Fare for Low-Income Riders

This November, the Sound Transit Board approved of a reduced fare for low-income riders on the Link light rail in Seattle to keep transit affordable for all. The new fare will be $1.50 per ride aligning with the low- income fare on the King County Metro busses. The new fares will go into effect on March 1, 2015 and will be available to adults who have incomes that are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Click here to learn more about the changes. El Centro de la Raza will be one of the agencies partnering with King County Metro to verify program eligibility. If eligible, stop by El Centro de la Raza with proof of income to receive a special low income ORCA card to be used for King County Metro and the Link light rail. Read here for more information on program eligibility.  
Portraits of Beacon Hill
Stop by the top floor of El Centro de la Raza to see the Portraits of Beacon Hill. The project was created by local artist Kathryn Schuessler and stems from her love of people and community. The printed portraits are of people who live or work in Beacon Hill. Each photo is accompanied by handwritten statements about the neighborhood and was transferred to repurposed wood or glass. Visit her website at kathrynschessler.carbonmade.com to learn more about her work. 

Madama Butterfly at the Moore Theatre
Lyric Opera Northwest presents Madama Butterfly on Friday, March 13th and Sunday, March 15th at the Moore Theatre. Eduardo Villa, a California native of Mexican heritage and an acclaimed tenor will appear as Pinkerton in the upcoming performances. To learn more about Eduardo Villa and how he got started in operatic training, click here.

Save 60% on Your Electric Bill This Year

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Having trouble paying your electric bills? You may qualify for Seattle City Light's Utility Discount Program, which offers free home energy visits to help you maximize your discount, as well as assistance with other utilities such as water, sewage, and garbage. Visit Seattle City Light's website to see if you qualify for the discount program. To apply, call (206) 684-3417 or email SCL_RateAssistance@seattle.gov. Applications are available online in seven different languages.

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In This Issue:

Feliz Año Nuevo

Nuestra Comunidad

Health Coverage Enrollment Program

2014 Service Awards

Walsh Construction Giving

PRM Groundbreaking

Spanish Classes Ad Ashley

Tamale Class Ad 2

Events Calendar:

Jan 19: MLK Day
Jan 27: Chile Verde Class
Feb 21: Tamale Class
Feb 24: Ceviche Class

Feb 28: Vegetarian Tamale Class
Mar 6: PRM Groundbreaking
Mar 14: Tamale Class
Mar 31: Paella Class

Mil Gracias Funders:

Puget Sound Energy Foundation
$4,446 for updating emergency supplies

Office of Arts & Culture
$1,200/yr for 2 years for Cinco de Mayo

King County DCHS
$1,380 in subsidy for a total of $1,725 in bus ticket value for our Homeless Assistance and Veterans programs.
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News Roundup:

Launching health improvement programs in Seattle

Record for warmest December
Changes in Seattle: a fast growing city
Report confronts racial inequity

Board of Directors:

Ramon Soliz, President
Roxana Amaral, Vice President
 Pablo Mendoza, Treasurer
Victoria Kill, Secretary
Madrienne Salgado, Parliamentarian
Francisco Calderon
Emma Catague
Juan Cotto
Cristina Garcia
Ricardo Garcia
Alexandra Narvaez
Bianka Sanchez
Urbano Santos
Ofelia Alanis Torres

Room Rental Ad

Parking Lot Ad

Programs and Services:

Bebes! Infant Mortality Prevention
Business Opportunity Center
Café con El Centro de la Raza
César Chávez Demonstration Garden
College Readiness
Comadre Monthly Workshops
COMCAST Digital Connectors
Community Meeting Space
Community Organizing
Community Service
Crisis Advocacy
Cultural / Political / Social Events
DSHS People Point Washington Connections
Economic Development
ECR Transitional Housing
El Patio Apartments
Employment Assistance
ESL Classes / Spanish Classes
Families & Education Levy Case Management
Financial Empowerment
Food Bank
Foreclosure Counseling
Growing & Learning Together
Health Coverage Enrollment
Healthy Cooking Classes/Nuestras Comidas
Historical & Educational Presentations
Homeless Assistance
Hope for Youth Poetry & Civil Rights History Classes
HUD Housing Counseling
Immigrant / Human / Civil Rights Social
Justice Advocacy

Low-Income Transit Fare Enrollment
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
Seattke Youth Violence Prevention & Case Management
Senior Nutrition & Wellness
Senior Home Delivered Meals
Smoking Cessation
Summer Learning

Tax Prep Site
Transit Oriented Parking
Veteran’s Services
Volunteer Opportunities
Youth Case Management & Cultural
Youth Employment
Youth Technology Training

GoodShop Ad

Bartells Ad

El Centro De La Raza



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