El Centro de la Raza - August eNews
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August 20, 2015

Estimad@ Amig@ {FIRST_NAME},

On July 30th, we had our first hardhat construction tours of Plaza Roberto Maestas. On that day, Employees Community Fund of Boeing presented a generous $500,000 check to support the building of Plaza Roberto Maestas. Mil gracias to Mayor Ed Murray for sharing his kind words at the event and for buying a brick! Watch the King County TV coverage of the event here.

As the construction on our affordable housing complex continues, we ask that you support us by buying a plaza brick. The money raised from our  Brick by Brick Campaign will help us raise the last vital funds to complete the building of Plaza Roberto Maestas. So far we have raised $43,500We need your help to sell 1,300 bricks by the end of this year.

Mil gracias to Sarah Stuteville for interviewing us about how we are addressing the need for affordable housing by building Plaza Roberto Maestas. Her article appeared in The Seattle Globalist and The Seattle Times. We are honored by this visibility and the support we have received for this project. 

On a devastating note, we were heartbroken to learn of the murder of long-time friend, activist, community leader and International District Emergency Center (IDEC) Director Donnie Chin. Mil gracias to Donnie for his tireless work in the community. Let his dedication be an inspiration to us all.  

Estela Ortega
Executive Director

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El Centro de la Raza News/Noticias

Students Grow Outside of the Classroom Too

Youth GardeningMaster Gardener, Mick Duggan, teaches an El Centro de la Raza youth program student some gardening skills above. While playing in the Santos Rodriquez Memorial Park, the student became interested in helping Mick ...read more

Building the Beloved Community Gala

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Remember to register for our annual Building the Beloved Community Gala on September 26th if you haven't already! This event is not only our biggest fundraiser of the year, it also honors Roberto Maestas' legacy as we present Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Awards and Scholarships to outstanding com  ...read more

Supporting the Iran Nuclear Deal
On July 14th, a historic deal and a victory for diplomacy was announced to the world. The United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, all United Nations Security Council members, plus Germany and Iran, arrived at a deal that would keep Iran from producing nuclear weapons  ...read more

Regístrese Ahora / Register Now

Sign Up for Cooking Classes Today!

Tamale Class TY 2 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  ...read more

JMCDC Now Enrolling Students

We are now enrolling students ages 3-4 for the summer and fall! Our bilingual curriculum in Spanish and English focuses on kindergarten readiness, multicultural activities, and community involvement ...read more


Kids and Teens Eat Free All Summer at
El Centro de la Raza!

summer food serviceEl Centro de la Raza is a site for the City of Seattle's Summer Food Service Program again this year! The program provides no-cost breakfast, lunch, and snacks to children ...read more


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ECDLR's Smoking Cessation Program

Smoking CessationIn King County, 10% of Latino adults are smokers and 10% of Latino high school students have smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days (Public health data watch 2012). ...read more

ORCA Lift Reduced Fare Program

Our Frances Martinez Community Service Center has a new transit fare program! The new reduced fare for riders on the Link Light Rail and King County Metro busses will be $1.50 per ride. ...read more

Our Community-Nuestra Comunidad

Mayor Announces Latina as City's First Civic Poet

Felicidades and congratulations to Claudia Castro Luna, Seattle's first civic poet. Mayor Murray made the announcement on August 3, 2015. The Civic Poet serves as an ambassador for Seattle’s rich literary landscape and represents the city’s diverse cultural community. ...read more

Best Starts for Kids Proposal

El Centro de la Raza is asking for your support of King County Executive Dow Constantine's Best Starts for Kids proposal. "Best Starts for Kids" is an initiative to improve the health and well-being of King County by investing in prevention and early intervention ...read more

Please Join Communities of Color Advocating for Climate Justice

Communities of color and lower income communities are most affected by climate change and experience increasingly polluted neighborhoods, higher asthma rates, and lack of access to clean energy. Formed in ...read more

 Free Movies (2) 2 White River Amphitheatre is holding Family Friday Nights at the drive in movies...read more

Save 60% on Your Electric Bill This Year

seattle city lightHaving 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, ...read more

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In This Issue:

Plaza Construction Update


César Chávez Demonstration Garden

2015 Building the Beloved Community Gala

Tamale Class Ad 2

Help us improve our cooking classes by telling us what you want! Click here to take our quick 7 question survey.

Events Calendar:

Oct 10: Tamale Class
Oct 24: Veg. Tamale Class

Mil Gracias Funders:

Washington State Housing Finance Commission (WSHFC)
$71,000 for Homeownership from Foreclosure Fairness Act

KUOW 94.9
Radio spots for Día de los Muertos

King County 4Culture
$3,500 preserving historic art project
$3,500 Día de los Muertos event

National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB)
$25,000 for Financial Empowerment

Parks & Recreation
$2,000 for youth to attend Undoing Racism training

Cafe Ad 2


Board of Directors:

Ramon Soliz, President
Roxana Amaral, Vice President
 Pablo Mendoza, Treasurer
Victoria Kill, Secretary
Madrienne Salgado, Parliamentarian
Francisco Calderon
Juan Cotto
Norma Cuevas
Emma Catague
Christina Garcia
Ricardo Garcia
Martha Jimenez
Alexandra Narvaez
Bianka Sanchez
Urbano Santos

Room Rental 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
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
Seattle Youth Violence Prevention & Case Management
Senior Nutrition & Wellness
Senior Home Delivered Meals
Smoking Cessation
Summer Learning

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

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Bartells Ad

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