El Centro de la Raza - June eNews
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June 24, 2015

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El Centro de la Raza stands in solidarity with the African American community as they mourn the 9 lives lost at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC last week. This act of terrorism was a cowardly attack on innocent worshipers gathered in a place where they felt most safe. The racially motivated slaying is yet another sign of how far our country needs to go to achieve justice, unity, and peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims at this time. We can honor their memory not only through words, but also through our daily actions as we fight for a world free from racism and inequality.
This past April, in his 2015 State of the County Address, Executive Constantine talked about the increasing income inequality crisis particularly affecting communities of color. He proposed Best Starts for Kids, a six-year levy that will raise 58 million dollars in the first year to fund the work that is required to help all children, regardless of race and family income, reach their full potential. With growing income disparity in our region, it will ensure every child gets access to what they need to grow up healthy. Researchers and economists have for years said that investing in prevention is the most effective and least expensive way to prevent lifelong problems. By investing early, children develop the cognitive, social and emotional skills necessary to grow into healthy adults. Mil gracias, Executive Constantine, for your leadership. Read his entire address here!

Join us for our annual Building the Beloved Community Gala this year on Saturday, September 26th at The Westin Seattle! The gala, which includes a reception, dinner, raffles, silent and live auctions, scholarship presentation, and Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Awards, is our biggest fundraising event of the year. Last year we raised over $350,000 in proceeds that went directly towards funding our 48 programs and human services!

Take a look at some of the amazing items that will be in the live auction this year!

   A stay in beautiful San Miguel, Mexico          4 Disney Park Hopper Passes
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                                                        2 Southwest Airlines Tickets

Early bird tickets are $120 each, purchase yours now before the price increases! If you would like to get involved in some other way, please view the following opportunities: Become a Sponsor, Become a Table Ambassador, Purchase an Ad in the Catalog, Donate an Aution Item, or Volunteer. For more information, contact our Events Coordinator at (206) 957-4649 or events@elcentrodelaraza.org. If you can't make it to the event, you can still donate.

Estela Ortega
Executive Director

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Meet our Volunteer, Nicholas Hansen 

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Park table and flower box built by volunteer, Nicholas Hansen (pictured above).

Fifteen year-old Boy Scout, Nicholas Hansen volunteered his time to replace a broken park table and flower box in our Santos Rodriguez Memorial Park to earn his Eagle Badge. He first volunteered for El Centro de la Raza during our annual Christmas Tree Sale. Nicholas came up with his own plan, procured the necessary items, and worked hard to build a beautiful table and flower box. The new table is sitting out on the lawn in our Santos Rodriguez Memorial Park and is a popular spot for visitors and staff! Mil gracias, Nicholas, for all of your hard work and dedication!
Want to volunteer? Fill out an online application at www.elcentrodelaraza.org, email Ruby Montes De Oca at volunteer@elcentrodelaraza.org or call (206) 957-4602.


Comcast Digital Connectors Program Graduation

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On Wednesday, June 17th, 17 students received their certificates of completion for the Comcast Digital Connectors Program at El Centro de la Raza. Participating students completed a 10 month long program that focused on the basics of computer software, hardware installation and removal, and an introduction to Cisco networking and mobile technologies. The program’s goal is to provide young adults with technical and life skills that inspire educational advancement and workforce preparation. Included in the curriculum are lessons on Leadership and Financial Literacy and an overview of the value of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and how to responsibly use technology to benefit the community. Congratulations students! Mil gracias to Digital Connectors instructor Pedro Estrella for his dedication, and to Comcast Foundation for their generosity!

Nuestra Historia, Nuestra Comunidad Project Receives Funding
4 CultureEl Centro de la Raza has recently been awarded $6,678 from 4Culture’s Heritage Projects funding program! This funding will be used to complete the Nuestra Historia, Nuestra Comunidad project to create interpretive plaques, audio guides, and brochures for the artwork and points of interest in our beautiful and historic building. With a deadline of completion set for the end of August, stay tuned for more updates and information about when to stop by and learn more about the history of El Centro de la Raza! Mil gracias 4Culture!

Buy a Plaza Brick!

Buying a brick or making a donation will help complete construction on Plaza Roberto Maestas and help to provide housing that’s affordable for working families, quality early childhood education, a community that honors all cultures, and a chance at economic self-sufficiency. Your brick will become a permanent part of the plaza – the heart of Plaza Roberto Maestas. Buy a brick and be a part of history at El Centro de la Raza. Click here for more information or order your brick now.

June Plaza Construction 2015

Construction on Plaza Roberto Maestas continues this month with the first walls going up! View monthly Walsh Construction updates here.

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The children in our José Martí Child Development Center are continuing to hold various fundraising activities to purchase bricks in Plaza Roberto Maestas to support their community. So far they have purchased 6 bricks! Mil gracias to all of the students, teachers, and parents who worked hard to raise enough money to buy a brick.

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El Centro de la Raza Now Hiring a Full-Time Volunteer Coordinator

We are now hiring for a full time volunteer stipend position. The Volunteer Coordinator recruits, screens and places individual and group volunteers, coordinates volunteers for events, and follows volunteer program procedures. The ongoing development and support of our volunteer program allows El Centro de la Raza to provide quality services to low-income communities and communities of color. This position provides experience in non-profit planning, fundraising, administration, relationship building, computer skill building, networking, events and social justice and community building. For more information about the position, please read more here.

5th Annual Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Award
Nominations now being accepted

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Roberto Maestas’ life was dedicated to building Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Beloved Community” through multi-racial unity. He deeply believed that poverty, racism and social inequity could only be eradicated if people of all races and backgrounds came together to do so.
In honor of Roberto and his legacy, the Fifth Annual Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Award recognizes two individuals, a woman and a man, who have exemplified Building the Beloved Community through multi-racial unity and working to eliminate poverty, racism and social inequity.
El Centro de la Raza will celebrate awardees and their contributions by making a $1,000 gift in their name to an organization of their choice.  Award recipients will be recognized at El Centro de la Raza’s Building the Beloved Community Gala on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at The Seattle Westin.
Legacy Award applicants can self-nominate or be nominated by someone else. Recipients are asked to participate in a video interview and attend El Centro de la Raza’s Building the Beloved Community Gala.
Deadline for application submission is Friday, June 26, 2015 at 5:00pm Pacific Time. Please see application hereE-mail applications to: execasst@elcentrodelaraza.org.


Sign Up for Cooking Classes Today!

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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. 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


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New 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. The new fares went 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 fare ORCA card to be used for King County Metro and the Link Light Rail. For more information about our Human and Emergency Services check out our website or call us at (206) 973-4405. See information in Spanish.

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Third Anniversary of DACA

June 15th was the third anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Since DACA was implemented, it has helped more than 664,600 young people (NCLR). With the continuous threat of families being torn apart, we hope there is a greater effort to expand the current DACA program and carry out the new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program. For those who are eligible, learn how to apply here!

Director Betty Patu Wants to Hear from Southeast Seattle Families

  Diverse Voices  Seattle Public School Board Director Betty Patu serves Southeast Seattle and would like to learn directly from families about the educational experience of students.
Please join her at the Rainier Beach Library on Monday, June 29th from 5:00-7:00pm. She will also talk about the work going on in the school district. For more information, please contact Sebrena Burr - Education/Community Advocate: sebrenaburr@msn.com or (206) 817-6363.


Housing Development Consortium Event

The Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County, in partnership with Puget Sound Sage, is hosting a community event entitled Seattle Can't Afford to Wait: Expand our Affordable Housing Toolbox. Register here to attend this free community event and find out more information.

LVC Makes a Stop at El Centro de la Raza during their Amazing gRace Fundraiser

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Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) held a scavenger hunt style “Amazing gRace” fundraising event this month and made a final stop here at El Centro de la Raza (ECDLR)! The racers completed more than 10 social justice, sustainability, and intentional community based activities, including one about ECDLR’s history, before ending the day with a celebratory dinner in the ECDLR Dining Room. The winning team donated $150 dollars to ECDLR. Mil gracias to LVC and the winning team!
If you would like to rent a room at El Centro de la Raza, fill out a room rental request form here and find out more information!


Alliance Summer Scoop Event
The Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy is holding an event for grassroots and organizational supporters at the Museum of History and Industry to talk about the health and economic benefits of climate action, particularly for communities of color. The event will take place on Friday, June 26th from 12:00-2:00 pm. Space is limited so please RSVP here. There will be ice cream and food truck lunch options at the event!

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Save 60% on Your Electric Bill This Year

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In This Issue:

2015 Building the Beloved Community Gala

Meet our Volunteer

Nuestra Historia, Nuestra Comunidad Project


Plaza Construction Update

Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Award Nominations

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

Events Calendar:

June 27: Vegetarian Tamale Class
July 11: Tamale Class
July 25: Pozole Class

Mil Gracias Funders:

National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders
$25,000 for Financial Empowerment.

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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
Ricardo Garcia
Martha Jimenez
Alexandra Narvaez
Bianka Sanchez
Urbano Santos

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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
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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