El Centro de la Raza - March 2016 eNews (2)
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March 24, 2016

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El Centro de la Raza is honored to have been chosen as a grand marshal for the 2016 Seattle Pride Parade. Seattle Pride President Eric Bennett stated, “El Centro de la Raza has exemplified the concept of serving the community. We are thrilled to announce them as a Grand Marshal for the 2016 parade.” Other grand marshals will be the Seattle Area Support Group and Dennis Coleman of the Seattle Men's Chorus. Mark your calendars now for Sunday, June 26th for the 2016 Seattle Pride Parade, starting at 4th Avenue & Union Street at 11:00 AM. The theme of the 42nd annual Seattle Pride Parade is the “Future of Pride”, to honor all those who continue to fight for equality. Read the full announcement here
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Also, be sure to register to vote! National Council of La Raza teamed up with MiTú to make a voter registration website specifically for the Latina/o community. Registering only takes a few minutes and allows you to have a say in our political agenda. Be sure to make your voice count and register to vote now!


Estela Ortega
Executive Director

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El Centro de la Raza News/Noticias

Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo 2016El Centro de la Raza’s 11th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration is fast approaching! This event is free to the public and will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2015 from 12 PM - 4 PM at the Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108. Don't miss out on this wonderful event - get involved by attending, volunteering, or buying a booth!
RSVP on Facebook    ...read more

Estela Ortega Receives George I. Sánchez Award
Estela Ortega and participating members of El Centro de la Raza have been chosen to receive the National Education Association's 2016 George I. Sánchez Memorial Award. This award honors individuals who have ...read more

Staff Member Accepted to
NALCAB Colegio Fellowship Program
Gricelda Montes
Congratulations to Gricelda Montes,
Asset Building Program Coordinator in our Homeownership Center for being chosen for the NALCAB Colegio Community Economic Development Fellowship Program! This nine-month fellowship will bring together ...read more

Students Attend Mariachi Festival
El Centro de la Raza sponsored a trip to the 18th Annual Mariachi Conference last week hosted by Wenatchee High School’s Mariachi Huenachi. Over 400 Latino youth converged from throughout the region to be immersed in the music, culture and instruction of Mariachi ...read more

Estela Ortega also traveled to Washington State University in February to deliver a keynote speech at the Gabriel Cardenas scholarship banquet. El Centro de la Raza works to foster meaningful relationships across the state as well as in our own city. ...read more
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Lending Circles at El Centro de la Raza
Exciting news! Lending Circle payment activity is now being reported to Equifax. This means that those part of Lending Circles program through our Homeownership Center are now improving their credit score with all three credit bureaus. If you are interested in learning more about how to establish or build credit with our free social-loan Lending Circle program please contact 206-957-4610. Learn more about Equifax with this infogram.

El Centro de la Raza is Hiring!
El Centro de la Raza is hiring Early Childhood Education Teachers! We encourage diverse teachers to apply in order to reflect the diversity of our children. Bilingual teachers - particularly Mandarin/English speakers - desired for some positions. For more information visit our website, contact sarmstrong@elcentrodelaraza.org or call 206-957-4626.

Youth Job Readiness Fundraiser
The youth in El Centro de la Raza's Youth Job Readiness Program are raising money and need your help! For this years' group project, the youth identified a need to help the homeless in their community. The kids will be going around the community and distributing clothes, food and toiletries to people in need. ...read more

Sign Up for Cooking Classes Today!

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The 2016 cooking class schedule is available now! Learn how to cook your favorite Latin 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. See upcoming classes here. Already attended a cooking class? Leave a review on our new Yelp page!
Upcoming classes include:

El Centro de la Raza Signs Amicus Brief
El Centro de la Raza joined with 325 other i
mmigration, civil rights, labor, and social service groups in filing an amicus (friend of the court) brief with the Supreme Court in the United States v. Texas court case. The purpose of this brief is to request the court to lift the injunction ...read more

Regístrese Ahora / Register Now

Apply for Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Award
RFM LegacyNominations are now being accepted for the sixth annual Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Award to be presented at the 2016 Building the Beloved Community Gala. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 11th, 2016 at 5:00pm Pacific Time...read more

Business Development Training Course
HOC flyer spanishJoin us at El Centro de la Raza for an eight week business development training course taught in Spanish by Ventures. Orientation for the course will be held on April 11th from 5-9 PM at El Centro de la Raza. ...read more

Volunteers Needed!
Interested in getting more involved? Current volunteer needs include:

  • Homeownership Administrative Assistant
    Working closely with our financial counselor, this volunteer assists participants in completing their Lending Circle applications & helps facilitate our Lending Circle Formations, where the participants will need assistance signing their promissory notes. ...read more

Contact Carlos Reyes at volunteer@elcentrodelaraza.org or 206-957-4602 for more information. See more volunteer opportunities.

Latinos Vote 2016 Campaign
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Did you know that there are more than 10 million Latinos eligible to vote? National Council of La Raza teamed up with MiTú to make a voter registration website specifically for the Latin@ community. Be sure to make your voice count and register to vote now! ...read more

Building the Beloved Community Gala
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Our 2016 Building the Beloved Community Gala will be on September 24, 2016 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Early bird prices are $125 for a single ticket, $625 for a half table (5) or $1,250 for a full table of 10. Register now, learn more here, and RSVP to the event on Facebook!

Child Development at Hirabayashi Place Coming May 2016
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A new child development program is opening at Hirabayashi Place in May 2016. The research-based curriculum will use the latest research in early childhood development to provide the highest quality kindergarten readiness program possible ...read more

'Eat Right When Money is Tight' Workshop Series
Come learn how your family might eat more nutritious meals on a budget! The food bank hosts a free monthly workshop series: Eat Right When Money is Tight. The purpose of the workshop is to demonstrate and discuss healthy eating for cost-conscious families. ...read more

Homeownership Education Workshops
El Centro de la Raza's Homeownership department is hosting homebuyer education workshops every month through June 2016. These classes provide an overview of the homebuying process and share key concepts  ...read more

English Classes/Clases de Inglés
Spring quarter English classes will take place between April 5th and June 16th. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00-7:30 PM in Rooms 309 and 310 at El Centro de la Raza ...read more. 

Free Tax Preparation
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Tax Prep at El Centro has assisted 443 households to prepare their taxes and you could be one of them! Made possible by United Way, from January 12th - April 21st, El Centro de la Raza offers free tax preparation for those making under $62,000 per year. Hours are 5 - 9 PM Tuesday and Thursday and 10 AM-2 PM on Saturdays in Room 106 at El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98144.  ...read more

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Education Summit Online Survey
Community conversations have been held around the city this month regarding the Seattle education system in preparation for the Mayor's Education Summit on April 30th at Garfield Community Center. If you were unable to attend one of the community conversations or have more to add, fill out this online survey to add your opinion to the discussion of Seattle's education system.

Promote Colon Cancer Screening Through Social Media
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Please join us and the Nuestras Voces Network to promote colon cancer screening through the power of social media! Nuestras Voces Network, the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable are working together ...read more

ORCA Lift Reduced Fare Program
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Did you know that our Frances Martinez Community Service Center has a transit fare program? The reduced fare for riders on the Link Light Rail and King County Metro busses is $1.50 per ride. ...read more

Our Community-Nuestra Comunidad

Efforts to Raise Minimum Wage
Join Raise Up Washington in the effort to raise minimum wage by gathering on March 26th at your Washington State Caucus location for signatures. Sign up here to gather the signatures through Raise Up Washington.

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

Latino Outdoors Event
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Latino Outdoors Washington will have a "Carne Asada en Seward Park" event on April 23rd. Eat carne asada, go for a hike, and learn about Seattle's biodiversity from 2-6 PM on April 23rd. Email fiamma.guacaran@gmail.com to RSVP or call 628-333-4803.


News Roundup

Nestora Salgado Released From Prison
We celebrate as Nestora Salgado returns to her home in Renton this week after being held in a prison in Mexico for over two years. A dual citizen, Salgado was jailed by after forming a legal community self defense group in her home state of Guerrero, Mexico. See photos of her return here and read more about Nestora Salgado articles from The Guardian and Komo News. ...read more

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In This Issue:

Cinco de Mayo

Estela Ortega Receives George I. Sánchez Award

Students Attend Mariachi Festival

Youth Job Readiness Fundraiser

Legacy Award Nominations

Business Development Training Course

Volunteering Opportunities

Education Summit Online Survey

Nestora Salgado Released From Prison

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Events Calendar:

March 26 Seafood Ceviche Class
April 5 Spring English Classes Begin
April 5 Eat Right When Money is Tight Workshop Begins 
April 7 Café con El Centro
April 9 Salvadorian Pupusa Making Class
April 11 Business Development Training Orientation
April 11 Legacy Award Deadline
April 13 Legal Clinic
April 16 Chicken Mole Making Class
May 7 Cinco de Mayo

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Mil Gracias Funders:

HUD Continuum of Care (McKinney) $17,603 renewal for ECR Transitional Housing

Washington Service Corps
One AmeriCorps member for Hope For Youth Program 2016-2017

$42,578 for ECDLR Smoking Cessation Program

The Boeing Company
$80,000 to support JMCDC

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Board of Directors:

Juan Cotto, President
Roxana Amaral, Vice President
 Pablo Mendoza, Treasurer
Victoria Kill, Secretary
Madrienne Salgado, Parliamentarian
Emma Catague
Ramon Soliz
Norma Cuevas
Christina Garcia
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
Families & Education Levy Case Management
Financial Empowerment

Food Bank
Foreclosure Counseling
Health Coverage Enrollment
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
Labor Standards Outreach and Education
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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