October eNewsletter - El Centro de la Raza


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Estimad@ Amig@ {FIRST_NAME},

This year's Building the Beloved Community Gala was El Centro de la Raza's most successful Auction & Awards Gala yet!

We had 830 guests in attendance for a silent and live auction, dinner, and award presentations at the Washington State Convention Center on Saturday, October 5th to celebrate 41 years of working to build the “Beloved Community”. Our event raised $278,000 (we surpassed our goal!) in funds to support our 44 programs and services.

Mil gracias to all of our sponsors for making this event possible, and to our top sponsors Clear Channel, Comcast, Muckleshoot, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for generously supporting us and sharing some of your stories at our event. Muchísimas gracias to Laura Michalek, our auctioneer, Patty Lally and Nate Miles, our MCs, Joseph Martin our invocation speaker, Mayor Mike McGinn for our scholarship presentations, and the 100+ volunteers who helped make our 41st Anniversary Celebration a wonderfully successful evening! This celebration of 41 years honored the efforts of El Centro de la Raza and the many lives that have been impacted by our programs and services.

The legacy of Roberto Maestas is continued through the awards and scholarships given out that night. Congratulations to Mary Flowers and Michael Woo, recipients of the Roberto Maestas Legacy Awards, to the four outstanding high-school graduates who received the Roberto Maestas Legacy Scholarships, and to Yadira Gonzalez-Arroyo, our Raise-the-Paddle speaker.

MIL GRACIAS if you attended our celebration! Your dedication and support has shown us what is possible when we come together and we were honored to celebrate with you!


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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.


United Way Day of Caring Success!

Day of Caring 2013United Way of King County’s Day of Caring has become a yearly event to look forward to at El Centro de la Raza, and this year’s event was no exception. On Friday, September 20th record number of volunteers participated at El Centro de la Raza and around King County in the largest volunteering day in the state of Washington. As a whole, King County had 12,694 volunteers participate, and El Centro de la Raza was fortunate to host 130 of those volunteers from Microsoft, Ben Bridge, Sound Transit, U.S. Bank, and King County CFC for various projects in and around our building. The volunteers tallied a total of 780 hours of volunteering on projects ranging from grounds beautification and projects for our Building the Beloved Community Gala, to helping clean and reorganize office space.
Mil gracias to all of this year’s volunteers, to project leaders, to our dedicated kitchen for making a delicious meal for over 150 people, and to all other participants who helped make this event possible. Day of Caring was not only a day for volunteerism, but also a day for building partnerships, making friends, and having fun. We are already looking forward to Day of Caring 2014!

ESPN/Sounders KaBoom Day!

IMG_0320Monday, September 30th was an exciting day here at El Centro de la Raza, as we hosted volunteers from ESPN and Seattle Sounders FC who gave us a momentous donation! In celebration of Latino Heritage Month, ESPN and Seattle Sounders FC representatives donated their time and energy to come to El Centro de la Raza to help with much needed painting projects on the top floor of our building. Later, Sounders players Mauro Rosales, Erik Zavaleta, and David Estrada took time out of their busy training schedules to visit El Centro de la Raza and participate in the unveiling of a KaBoom Imagination Playground, courtesy of ESPN! The children of our Jose Marti Child Development Center were ecstatic as they got pictures and autographs from some of IMG_0386their favorite soccer players.
The KaBoom Imagination Playground is a unique and innovative playground that is extremely versatile and can be used almost anywhere. It provides children with “loose parts” that can be assembled in endless ways, allowing them to let their imaginations run wild. The joy in the room was clear, as the children were so excited about their new playground and the Sounder’s players were genuinely happy to be engaging in quality time with some of their biggest fans. Mil gracias to our Sounders visitors, all of the ESPN/Sounders volunteers, and all others involved in this event for helping us provide our program participants with healthy environments, positive experiences, and priceless memories.

Children use their creativity to construct a fort with the Imagination Playground.


GET OUT THE VOTE Phone Banking Underway!

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Election season is here and El Centro de la Raza and Washington Environmental Council are partnering on Get Out the Vote phone banking! This is a unique bilingual partnership between the Latino community and the environmental community. Latinos are the fastest growing segment of the electorate yet Latinos still cast their ballots at a disproportionately low rate compared to other demographics. Language barriers, high rates of moving due to financial constraints and voter identification laws, among others, all present barriers to civic participation around the county. We are working to dismantle some of these barriers to promote the Latino vote and ensure all eligible voters' voices are heard in the electoral process.

Ways you can help!
  1. Volunteer to phone bank!  Contact volunteer@elcentrodelaraza.org for information.
  2. Remember to register to vote! IN PERSON by October 28th at the King County Elections Office at 919 SW Grady Way, Renton, WA or at the King County Administration Building 500 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA.
  3. Post mark your ballot by November 5th
Election Day banner, courtesy of the children in the Luis Alfonso Velasquez After-School Program.

Dia de los Muertos Coming Up!

¡Celebra con nosotros! Come celebrate with us!
Día de los Muertos is a time for remembering and rejoicing in the lives of those who have passed. This year we pay tribute to José Guadalupe Posada (1820-1913), Mexican printmaker famous for his calavera illustrations set in political satire.

Join us as we celebrate his legacy, art and commitment to addressing the social disparities in early 20th century Mexico and the struggle for an equitable economic system.

Ofrenda Exhibit Opening & Dinner
Friday, November 1, 2013
5:00 pm - 8:30pm
FREE Admission, Dinner & Parking

Save the date!

Poetry From a Long-Time Volunteer

Sal Ramos is a long-time friend, volunteer, and supporter of El Centro de la Raza. Sal wrote this poem to commemorate the life and vision of Roberto Maestas and 41 years of El Centro de la Raza. It is a powerful testament to an inspiring story, full of vivid imagery and symbolism.

La Plaza Roberto Maestas
by Sal Ramos
Sneaking their way through the darkness, looking for that beacon of light that would help lead us all to a new day. Roberto, never shying away from the responsibility of standing his ground, to expound upon his convictions, without the fear of any evictions or jurisdictions.  Standing within the collective strength of his comadres y compadres, he accepted the challenge.
Climbing this hill, he and his mates carrying the weight of the world on their backs. Making us put our souls to the test, helping all the rest reach their best.
They say that those that follow their hearts, will wake up feeling the glory of God, knowing full well they're not lost. Walking alongside the people that have carried the burdens at all cost, tossed, crossed and bossed along their struggling paths to acceptance and pride.
Can't pretend to walk on water, making the police blotter for trying to help out all the sons and daughters from the social slaughter that is the fodder for all the cheating marauders.
Roberto stood strong against all the risks he and his mates had taken on. Trying to bring us all the colors of the dusk.  Even when the sky was falling, he stood his ground, shaking off the rust from being doused and cussed, for the reason of searching for and keeping the peoples trust, and not letting it turn to dust.
Reaching the top of the hill, he and his mates found the beacon of light that would show us the way to the gardens that we could all share, along with child care and the families’ welfare.
Some people only dream in their sleep. Roberto dreamt wide awake, daring to put his dreams out for all to see and feel, he showed courage and faith that they would all come true.
Roberto now sits in the shadow of El Centro, in middle of the plaza that he left for us to struggle for and celebrate, a shy smile on his face, showing his grace, and faith. Holding an icy raspada made from the sweet nectar of his beautiful life, reaching over and turning the beacon of light on, shining down over our beautiful City, for all the people to see and feel.
La Plaza Roberto Maestas will look down over us, from where else, but the Beacon Hill.


Anuncios y Felicitaciones
Announcements & Congratulations


Financial, Homebuyer and Lending Circle Education

The fall season of lending circle formation and information meetings, financial education classes and homebuyer education is about to begin. Click here to view the complete schedule.

Financiero, para Compradores de Vivienda y Lending Circle Educación

La temporada de otoño de la formación del círculo de préstamos y reuniones de información, clases de Orientación de Propiedad de Vivienda y Taller Para Compradores de Casa está a punto de comenzar. Haz clic aquí para ver el calendario completo.

Sign Up for Spanish Classes Offered by El Centro de la Raza
  • Learn and improve your Spanish skills while you support El Centro de la Raza!
  • Class fees help support our 44 Human Service and Community Building Programs.
  • Classes are instructed by professional native Spanish speakers in an interactive community-based setting.
  • Winter Quarter Dates:
  • January 21st - March 27th

Questions? Please call (206) 957-4605 or e-mail execasst@elcentrodelaraza.org.

Hold Your Next Event at El Centro de la Raza!
  • Our historical community space is a unique and practical venue for all types of events from meetings, trainings or workshops to parties and cultural celebtrations.
  • Ammenities include TV's, wireless internet connection, white boards, tables & chairs for your use, and of course the cultural art that makes El Centro de la Raza special.
For more information or to book a reservation at El Centro de la Raza contact our Facilities Manager at (206) 957-4603 or facilities@elcentrodelaraza.org.

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro on Sustainable Cities

San Antonio, Texas Mayor Julián Castro is the youngest mayor of a top 50 American city and was handily re-elected to his third term this year. Throughout his tenure, Mayor Castro has focused on attracting well-paying jobs in 21st-century industries, positioning San Antonio to be a leader in the New Energy Economy and raising educational attainment across the spectrum. He will discuss the idea of sustainable cities and the leadership it takes to achieve them.
The event will take place at Town Hall Seattle, Wednesday, October 23, at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30), and tickets are just $5. The event will sell out, so be sure to buy your ticket in advance and arrive early — Latino Community Fund will have a partner table in the lobby, and we’d love to see you there.

El Alcalde Castro es el alcalde más joven de una de las 50 ciudades principales de los  Estados Unidos y fue fácilmente reelegido para su tercer término en este año. A lo largo de su mandato, el alcalde Castro se ha centrado en atraer empleos bien pagados en las industrias del siglo 21, posicionando a San Antonio para ser un líder en la Nueva Economía Energética y  aumentando el nivel educativo en todo el espectro.
El evento se llevará a cabo en el Town Hall de Seattle, el Miércoles, 23 de Octubre a las 7:30 pm (las puertas abren a las 6:30), y los boletos están a $5. Las entradas se van a vender rápido, así que asegúrese de comprar su boleto con anticipación y llegar temprano - el Latino Community Fund contará con una mesa de informacion en el vestíbulo y nos encantaría contar con tu presencia! Compre sus boletos aqui.

Artspace is proud to introduce our third project in Seattle, Artspace Mt. Baker Lofts, a new mixed-use arts facility adjacent to the Mt. Baker Light Rail Station. This Transit Oriented Development (TOD) will consist of 56 affordable apartments for artists and their families, and retail spaces on the ground floor. We look forward to the creation of a vibrant creative community at the gateway to Rainier Valley. Occupancy is scheduled for spring 2014. To be placed on the interested artist list for the residential apartments, or to inquire about a commercial space, please contact Rebecca Morton at rebecca.morton@artspace.org.

El Centro de la Raza Events!            


             November 1: Dia de los Muertos

             November 16: Tamale-Making class


New settlement regarding Border Patrol stops on the Olympic Peninsula
Doors open for migrant students to attend and succeed at UW, other colleges

Latinos struggle to find help for mental health issues
Supreme Court tackles new affirmative action case

Connect with us on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn for up-to-the-minute news and information!

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


Auction Gala Success!

Day of Caring 2013

ESPN/Sounders Visit El Centro!

Get Out The Vote!

Dia de los Muertos Info

Poetry from a Volunteer

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro Speaks at Town Hall

Affordable Apartments for Artists

If you use GoodSearch as your search engine, or do your online shopping through Goodshop, you can raise money for El Centro de la Raza without spending an extra cent! You may actually save money with Goodshop coupons!
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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 44 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 October 19th, 2013
Taught by Master Tamalera, Jamie 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:
Winter 2013 Class Schedule:
January 21, 2013 – March 27, 2013
Learn Spanish from native speakers in a unique educational setting! Class fees help support our 44 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, November 7th
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,
Alexia Klatt:
(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:

ESPN KaBoom! Four Imagination Playgrounds for children in our JMCDC and After School Program.

Solid Ground. Three MLK VISTA placements for the 8/1/13—9/1/14 year (Youth Outcome Evaluator, Community Historian and Financial Empowerment Coordinator).

Umpqua Bank. $2,500 for Financial Empowerment program.

WA State Department of Commerce - $35,375 state CSBG funds for two years of funding for our Employment Program.

NCLR NHN - $5,876 from HUD and $25,000 in private funds for homeownership counseling through NHN approval.

WSHFC - $150,000 (up to) approved in Foreclosure Fairness Act money for Homeownership.

Comcast - $13,000 for third-year Digital Connectors funding.

City of Seattle Arts & Culture Facilities. $35,000 for safety and ADA upgrades for the building elevator.

KUOW. $2,250 in (15) radio spots for Día de los Muertos 2013.

King County Employee Giving Program. Continuous donations from various King County employees to support our programs and services.

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

Dorry Elias-Garcia
Cristina Garcia
Ricardo Garcia
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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