El Centro de la Raza - July 2016 eNews (2)
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July 21, 2016

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What's Happening in July and August?

Just because it is summer doesn't mean that El Centro de la Raza slows down! Put El Centro de la Raza events in your calendar now so you don't forget about them in the coming months. We have plenty of activities and events happening throughout the summer, whether you are interested in a cooking class, attending our Building the Beloved Community Gala, or information about accessing services. We have highlighted some of the events coming up in the next few months below.

Cooking Classes:
Salvadorian Pupusa Making Class – July 23   
Pozole Making Class – July 30
Tamale Making Class  August 13
Mobile Medical Unit - Starting July 28
Eat Right When Money is Tight Workshop - August 2
Ballots due - August 2

Legal Clinic - August 10
Homeownership Education Workshop - August 13
ESL Classes - Tuesdays and Thursdays (On-going)

Building the Beloved Community Gala - September 24


Estela Ortega
Executive Director

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El Centro de la Raza News/Noticias

Hope for Youth Program Poetry
The youth participating in our Hope for Youth Program wrote poems about various topics as part of the program this past school year, and we will be highlighting them in upcoming eNewsletters. See them all online here.

By Andy Rodriguez

Most People think of a home as a
But I see home as the
People I’m with
In my home you can always smell
Enchiladas cooking from my mom’s stove
You can always hear the TV yelling
You can always see us having good times and fun
You can taste the sweet flavor of my parents freshly brewed coffee
When I’m at home I feel that I belong with these
Group of people who are my family

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 or $1,250 for a full table of 10. Get your tickets now! Learn more about the event here and RSVP on Facebook. See below for an Auction Item Preview and see more on our event website!

Auction item preview july 2016 eNews 

"Frida's Messengers - Mensajeros de Frida" by Alfredo Arreguín
Seven Night Accommodations in Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Four Guest Passes to EMP Museum
Family Membership to Seattle Art Museum

Volunteer Coordinator Position Open at El Centro de la Raza
El Centro de la Raza's Volunteer Coordinator position is still open! This is a full-time volunteer stipend position. View the job description here.

AmeriCorps positions at El Centro de la Raza
El Centro de la Raza is looking for candidates for two of our AmeriCorps positions. AmeriCorps volunteers are a vital source of support for our Programs and Services. These year-long volunteer positions are a great way for individuals to provide meaningful work in the community and also develop skills, gain experience, and get a foot in the door in the nonprofit sector at community-based organization. Apply today!
College Readiness Coach - Work with Latino youth and youth of color to navigate their post-secondary options, including college, by supporting them with scholarship applications, personal essays, FAFSA and other support.
Hope For Youth Program Assistant - Work with Latino youth and youth of color to participate in El Centro de la Raza's culturally-enriched Civil Rights History and Hip Hop Poetry Classes in partnership with the Seattle Public Schools.

El Centro de la Raza is Hiring!
El Centro de la Raza is hiring Early Childhood Education Teachers! Bilingual teachers - particularly Mandarin/English speakers - desired for some positions. Please send resumes to Shannon Armstrong, sarmstrong@elcentrodelaraza.org or call 206-957-4626 with any questions. We are also hiring for other positions including Veterans Outreach Specialist, Youth Job Readiness Training Coordinator and a Maintenance Technician. Click here to see all open positions.

Sign Up for Cooking Classes Today!
Learn how to cook your favorite Latin dishes, share in our culture, and meet new people by signing up for one of our amazing Latin Cooking classes! Already attended a cooking class? Leave a review on our new Yelp page! Upcoming classes include:

2015 Annual Report
Annual report front page
Learn more about El Centro de la Raza by reading our 2015 Annual Report! It is filled with success stories, photos, program information, donor lists, and funding information from 2015.

Regístrese Ahora/Register Now

Legal Clinics
Legal Clinic Flyer EnglishUpcoming dates for legal clinics will be
August 10, September 14, October 12, and November 9. Clinics will be held from 6:00-8:00 PM at El Centro de la Raza at 2524 16th Avenue S, Seattle, WA. Call 206-622-8000 for more information.
Inscripción para los consultas legales. 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM serán por orden de llegada. Ultima inscripción se hará a las 7:00 PM. Para más información llame al 206-622-8000.

Homeownership Education Workshops
Homeownership El Centro de la Raza’s Homeownership Department invites you to a free seminar sponsored by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, where professionals can answer your questions about becoming a homeowner, provide an overview of the homebuying process, and share key concepts about mortgage loans. Each class is from 9:30AM – 3:00PM in Room 307 at El Centro de la Raza. The next classes will be held on
Saturday, August 13th, September 24th, and October 22nd. Registration is required contact Stephanie Chavez at 206-957-4610 or intake@elcentrodelaraza.org. ...read more

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

  • October 1st Plaza Roberto Maestas Opening Event
  • Building the Beloved Community Gala Volunteers
  • ESL Classroom Assistance
  • Legal Clinic Intake & Interpreting
  • Kitchen Assistant  ...read more about these positions here

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

'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

English Classes/Clases de Inglés
Summer English classes have started again! 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. 

Shades of Purple Conference
Shades of Purple EventThe 
Multicultural Outreach and Recruitment department in the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMAD) at the University of Washington is hosting a summer student conference series for incoming high school seniors. This free conference is for underrepresented minority high school students who are interested in attending the University of Washington. The next Seattle conference will be held August 16th and 17th, with other Washington locations listed here. For more information and to apply for a conference near you, click here.

Seattle Housing Levy
Yes for HomesThe Seattle Housing Levy needs to be renewed by voters every 7 years, and it is especially important on the August 2, 2016 ballot. Renewing this levy will enable at least 2,150 units of affordable housing to be built or restored. Learn more about the Seattle Housing Levy and endorse it here. (Read this KUOW article featuring Estela Ortega on the Housing Levy). 
...read more

Prevent Immigration Fraud
El Centro de la Raza is partnering with the Washington State Attorney General's Office to teach about Notarios, immigration services fraud, and scams targeting the Latino community. Come to the top floor of 2524 16th Ave. S, Seattle, WA on Wednesday, August 31st from 6:00-8:00 PM to learn about these issues and protect yourself against them!
Esta invitado a aprender más acerca de notarios, servicios fraudulentos de inmigración y estafas que se dirigen a comunidades latinas. Miércoles 31 de agosto, 6:00-8:00 PM, tercer piso de El Centro de la Raza.

Blood Wedding Play
Blood Wedding flyer
The play 'Blood Wedding' or 'Bodas de Sangre' will be showing for free in various Seattle locations from August 5th - August 27th. It will be at El Centro de la Raza on August 6th and 7th. This play, written by Federico García Lorca and directed by Tina Polzin, is a bilingual storytelling of the Spanish play and will have song and dance. See more locations and RSVP here.

Mobile Medical Unit

El Centro de la Raza will be a site for Mobile Medical Unit visits starting on July 28. The Mobile Medical Program provides no-cost, walk-in medical care to those who are currently or have recently been homeless. In addition to medical care, the unit will offer assistance with substance abuse, mental health, housing, and other services.

Vote No on Seattle Initiative 123
Vote No on Initiative 123 on the primary election ballot on August 2, 2016. Learn why to vote no on this initiative that has the potential to be dangerous to our city and our tax dollars, and takes away the input of the general population about the future of Seattle's waterfront.

ORCA Lift Reduced Fare Program
Orca liftDid 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 buses is $1.50 per ride. ...read more

Our Community/Nuestra Comunidad

Summer Food Invasion
Summer Food InvasionFree lunches for kids and teens this summer!
Locations are all around Seattle. Click here to see more information about the El Centro de la Raza location, and see all locations here.

Post-Season Tax Prep
Taxes post-tax season
Free tax preparation services will be offered through October at the Downtown Seattle Public Library, and will be from 4 PM - 7 PM on Wednesdays. This service is available for individuals and families making less than $62,000, and there is no appointment necessary. ...read more

Seattle World School Grand Re-Opening
Seattle World School flyer
Seattle World School is moving! Their new building will be open for the first day of school this coming Fall.
Their grand opening will be Friday, September 2nd at 11 AM. Stop by to tour the new school and learn more about the Seattle World School. Learn more on their website.

Annual Lantern Floating Peace Ceremony
Lanterns 2014 Martha Brice (002)On Saturday, August 6, From Hiroshima to Hope, Seattle's annual peace event, will take place from 6 PM - 9 PM as a Lantern Floating Peace Ceremony at Green Lake. This year honors the 71st Anniversary of the atomic bombings. Read more about the event here.

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:

Hope for Youth Poetry

Building the Beloved Community Gala

Jobs at El Centro de la Raza

Shades of Purple Student Conference

Mobile Medical Unit at El Centro de la Raza

Vote No on Initiative 123

Seattle Housing Levy

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Events Calendar:

July 23 Salvadorian Pupusa Making Class
July 28 Mobile Medical Unit Starts
July 30 Pozole Making Class
August 2 Healthy Eating Workshop
August 2 Primary Ballots Due
August 10 Legal Clinic
August 13 Homeownership Workshop

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Mil Gracias Funders:

Workforce Development Council
$199,895 for Young Adults in Tech

Center for Multicultural Health
$5,000 to reduce sugary drink consumption in the Latino community

Fales Foundation Trust
$3,000 for Homeless Assistance

Pacific Hospital Preservation & Development Authority
$81,383 for Affordable Healthcare Outreach and Enrollment Program renewal

2016 Building the Beloved Community Gala Sponsors:

Esperanza Sponsor:
Seattle Metropolitian Credit Union

Dignidad Sponsors:
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
Washington Education Association

Honor Sponsors:
Ben Bridge
Copiers Northwest
Homestreet Bank
Walsh Construction

Comunidad Sponsors:
Heritage Bank
Molina Healthcare
Third Place Design Co-operative
US Bank
Vulcan Inc.

Amistad Sponsors:
Amerigroup RealSolutions
Barraza Law
Beacon Development Group
Catholic Community Services
Community Health Plan of WA
Kantor Taylor
LDC, The Civil Engineering Group
PNW Carpenters

Perkins Coie
Seattle Children's Hospital
Seattle City Light
Seattle Education Association
Seattle Office for Civil Rights
Seattle Seahawks

SEIU Healthcare
Sprague Israel Giles
SMR Architects
Union Bank
United Healthcare
United Way
UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity
Washington Community Reinvestment Association
Washington Federal
Watson McDonell

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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
Norma Cuevas
Christina Garcia
Ricardo Garcia
Martha Jimenez
Alexandra Narvaez
Bianka Sanchez
Urbano Santos
Ramon Soliz

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
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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