Seattle Parks for All! June eNews
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June 26, 2014
Estimad@ Amig@ {FIRST_NAME},

With the official arrival of summer and the school year ending for many, our beautiful Seattle parks are gearing up to get some significant usage! Keeping that in mind, I would like bring your attention to a new Proposition in Seattle that will appear on Seattle City voters' ballots on August 5th. Proposition 1 will address the current $267 million parks maintenance backup by reinvesting in our parks to make them more accessible and enjoyable for all. This measure, which has been unanimously approved by City Council, will provide funding for a variety of needs in our parks such as maintaining clean bathrooms and public spaces, revitalizing community programs and events, creating new parks and open space, and much more. Please visit Seattle Parks for All's webpage to learn more about Proposition 1, and make sure to vote YES on August 5th to ensure we continue to have beautiful parks for all!
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Our Santos Rodriguez Memorial Park's recent renovation was funded by the 2008 Parks and Green Space Levy Opportunity Fund, which is expiring this year.

Summer's arrival also means El Centro de la Raza is only 3 months away from our annual Building the Beloved Community Gala on September 27th. We have been working hard to procure some excellent auction items, including our first ever all-inclusive cruise! I encourage you to visit our event webpage to learn more about how you can be involved in this exciting and meaningful event, including volunteering, donating an auction item or simply attending the event. I would also like to extend a warm gracias to our many event sponsors, which can be found here and will be updated on a regular basis until the event. Mil gracias, and I hope to see you there in September!


Estela Ortega
Executive Director

P.S. - Don't forget to "like" us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and sign up for this weekend's Pozole Class!

El Centro de la Raza Youth Program Graduates Already Planning for Their Futures

Franklin StudentsRebeca Salazar (left) and Ana Castro (right) both reached a milestone last week by graduating from Franklin High School! Since Fall 2013, Rebeca and Ana had been participating in El Centro de la Raza's Youth Job Readiness Training program, which culminates with a summer internship. Rebeca will be interning this summer at Park West Skilled Nursing Center in West Seattle, where she plans to develop the necessary skills and experience she will need to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. Ana will be interning at ECDLR's José Martí Child Development Center this summer, assisting with summer programs for children and developing her child care skills.

Rebeca and Ana are grateful to have been a part of the YJRT program, which Ana says has "helped me realize that I can become something in life, helped me figure out what I want to be, and inspired me to work hard to get a good education." Felicidades Ana & Rebeca, and we wish you the best of luck!

Donate now to ensure that bright young students like Rebeca & Ana continue to be empowered to take control of their futures and work hard towards an education. Click here to learn more about our youth program graduates.

El Centro de la Raza News/Noticias

Long-Time Proyecto Saber Teachers Retire, New Positions Open

Roberta Lindeman and Nohra Giraldo have been leading the Proyecto Saber programs at Chief Sealth and Ballard High schools for over two decades, and they have been instrumental in sustaining and constantly improving the program for so many years. Roberta and Nohra are now retiring, and El Centro de la Raza is honored to have worked with these two outstanding educators and leaders. Felicidades Nohra y Roberta and mil gracias for your years of hard work and passionate commitment!

With two Proyecto Saber teachers retiring, there are now two teaching positions opening up! Seattle Public Schools is looking for two certified teachers to join the Proyecto Saber program at Ballard and Chief Sealth high schools and help keep up the 92% graduation rate that Proyecto Saber students achieved last year. This coming school year will mark Proyecto Saber's
40th year serving the community, and if these positions are not filled in time for the school year, Proyecto Saber will struggle to stay afloat. If you are a bilingual educator, please consider applying for this position! Successful candidates will be fluent in Spanish, have an understanding of the Chicano/Latino movement with strong ELL and motivational skills.

For more information about these positions, please contact Delfino Muñoz at (206) 949-7262 or visit the job postings here and here.

Seattle University Volunteers Tackle a Lofty Project at El Centro de la Raza

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Last month, El Centro de la Raza received some much needed assistance from students in Seattle University's Master of Business Administration Program. The group of students worked together with our Volunteer Coordinator, Facilities Manager, and Youth Program Evaluator, using skills they learned in their Program Management class to clean up our event storage space in the attic, and make our supplies more organized and accessible. The photos demonstrate the intense work, coordination and management skills employed to accomplish this task. ECDLR would like to thank Alexandar Klemm, Jacob Kemnec, and Kin Ng from Seattle University for their dedication and hard work on this project, and for donating close to $500 get this space organized. Mil gracias!

Volunteers are the lifeblood of El Centro de la Raza. To volunteer or for more information contact Alexia Klatt, Volunteer Coordinator, at (206) 957-4602 or

Comcast Digital Connectors Celebrates Another Successful Year!

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On Tuesday, June 17th, seventeen 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.

The graduation ceremony included a keynote speaker, Martin Ramirez, former Microsoft Product Manager and now Founder and CEO of Angles Media Corp, who gave an inspiring speech about the important role that technology plays in empowering people and facilitating change around the world. Digital Connectors instructor Pedro Estrella also received special recognition from El Centro de la Raza’s Youth Services Office, for his outstanding work in educating and inspiring young adults. Mil gracias to Pedro for his dedication, and to Comcast for their generosity!

Donate now to ensure that programs like Digital Connectors continue to run smoothly and empower youth to excel academically and professionally.

Regístrese Ahora / Register Now

José Martí Child Development Center Now Enrolling for 2014-2015 Year

With 70 students graduating from our JMCDC program this year, we are now enrolling students ages 3-4 for the summer and fall. Families may be eligible for a free half-day of preschool through the income-based ECEAP or StepAhead programs or a full day with subsidies. For more information or to enroll, please contact us at (206) 957-4619 or


El Centro de la Raza’s 2014 Building the Beloved Community Gala

Register Now for our Annual Fundraising Gala:

  • Saturday, September 27th, 2014
  • Washington State Convention Center
  • 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Reception, Dinner, Silent Auction & Live Auction

Join us on September 27th to:

  • Raise vital funds for El Centro de la Raza’s 44 programs and services 
  • Celebrate with the winners of the Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Awards and Scholarships
    • Click here to view the Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Award Application form.

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Sign Up for Our New Cooking Classes Today!


Learn how to cook traditional cultural dishes, and support your community at the same time!

El Centro de la Raza is excited to announce that we are expanding our 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. Classes are held on select Saturdays at El Centro de la Raza. Follow this link to view fees for specific classes:
Upcoming cooking classes:

Click here to purchase tickets for cooking classes. For more information e-mail or call (206) 957-4611.

Register Now for Summer Spanish Classes
Come to El Centro de la Raza and learn or improve your Spanish skills in a fun and interactive community-based setting. Classes fill up quickly, so now is the time to enroll! Summer Quarter classes begin on July 22nd, and we are offering Beginner to Intermediate level classes (class offerings subject to change due to enrollment).
  • Summer Quarter: July 22nd  - September 25th
    • Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuition is $300 per quarter.
  • All proceeds from course fees go to support our 44 services and programs.
  • Classes are taught by professional Spanish speakers with a focus on one-on-one conversational development.
  • Enroll now and spread the word!
For more information or to register, contact or (206) 957-4605.

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Join Our Auction Item Procurement Committee!

On September 27th, 2014, El Centro de la Raza will hold its annual Building the Beloved Community Gala. To make this event a success, we are looking for volunteers to join our procurement committee. The procurement committee solicits donated items, gift certificates, or services from businesses to sell in our silent or live auction. If you’re creative, out-going, and full of ideas, we’d love to have you join us.

Procurement Committee meetings take place the last Tuesday of each month at 6:45 p.m. For more information, contact Anne Pfeifle, Events Coordinator, at or (206) 957-4649.

State Financial Aid for DREAMers, Apply NOW!

Beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year, a new state law will expand eligibility for the Washington State Need Grant to non-citizens who meet the program's income and eligibility requirements in addition to all three residency criteria listed below.
  • Have graduated from a Washington high school or obtained a GED.
  • Have lived in Washington for three years prior to earning the high school diploma or equivalent and continuously since.
  • Sign an affidavit to file an application to become a resident of the United States when eligible to apply.
The free web-based WASFA (Washington Appilcation for State Financial Aid) allows non-citizens to apply for student financial aid in Washington State. Many colleges also require additional applications with separate deadlines, so make sure to check with your college for specific dates! Click here to access the WASFA application, and click here for detailed instructions that will guide you through the application.

El Centro de la Raza Offering Financial Education Classes

Bring your financial questions, and we'll be sure to cover the topics that are most important to you, from getting affordable car loans to preparing yourself financially to buy a house! At the end of the workshop you will have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one appointment with a financial counselor, as well as receive a certificate of attendance making you eligible for a $100 incentive! Click here for dates and more detailed, bilingual information.

Free Bilingual Legal Clinics at El Centro de la Raza

Need legal assistance but can't afford it? Mil gracias to Schroeter Goldmark & Bender and the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington for graciously providing free legal clinics in 2014, on the second Wednesday of every month. We are excited to be hosting these bilingual clinics here at El Centro de la Raza! Click here for more detailed, bilingual information.

Become a Knowledgeable Homeowner at Our Homebuyer Education Workshops

El Centro de la Raza's Homeownership Center is holding a series of monthly Homebuyer Education Workshops. These classes will give you an overview of the home buying process and will be led by fully bilingual volunteers and staff. Click here for more detailed, bilingual information.

To make a contribution to El Centro de la Raza and help us continue programs like Homebuyer and Financial Education classes, click here or call (206) 957-4652.

Our Community-Nuestra Comunidad

Come Enjoy the Beacon Hill Art Walk!

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This Saturday, June
28th, Beacon Hill will have its first ever business district Art Walk! The Beacon Hill Merchants Association, Beacon Arts and local businesses are collaborating to bring shoppers and art lovers from around Seattle to our neighborhood. Beacon Arts is also working with local organizations and businesses to bring summer concerts and a street fair to Beacon Hill, known as Beacon Rocks!

Click on the image above to learn more about Beacon Arts and their upcoming events in our community.

Creating the Parks System that Seattle Deserves

Mark your calendars for August
5th, official voting day for Proposition 1, an important measure to protect our parks. Seattle has one of the greatest park systems in America, but for years we've neglected this extraordinary legacy. Daily maintenance has been reduced at nearly every park and community center, and as the current parks levy expires, it is time to establish stable, dedicated funding for our parks. Proposition 1 will address a wide variety of parks needs, including protecting wildlife habitats and other open spaces in the city and creating funding for over $267 million worth of work that has been piling up for years.

Click here to learn more about the details of this new funding measure, and to get involved in promoting Proposition 1 and the health of our parks for years to come.

Proyecto Saber Graduate Releases New Book

Gabriel Morales is a Gang Specialist with extensive experience working with juvenile and adult offenders for over 30 years. He has taught Gang I.D. and Management to thousands of criminal justice workers, and also was the Founder and a past Advisor for the International Latino Gang Investigators Association.

Clearly, Gabe does outstanding work in our communities, working to raise awareness and prevention of gangs and gang violence, but what makes him special to El Centro de la Raza (ECDLR) are his roots. Raised in Seattle in the 1970's, Gabe was a one of the earliest graduates of the Proyecto Saber program that partners with ECDLR's Youth Services. We are proud to have been a part of Gabe's early development as a young student and would encourage you to read his new book Gangster's Paradise: Gangs in the Pacific Northwest
. It offers an in-depth look at gangs in our region and also covers prevention and intervention. Click here to learn more or to purchase the book.

Show off Your Sustainable Home Practices!

Want to show-off the sustainability in your neighborhood? You are invited to showcase your home during an upcoming walk that starts and ends at El Centro de la Raza on June 28th in the Beacon Hill neighborhood, as part of Beacon Rocks. Hosted by Sustainable Seattle and the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/TAG, the walk will feature homes and sites that are helping keep our water clean! They are looking for homes that include one or more of the following:

  • Rain Gardens 
  • Cisterns
  • Rain Barrels
  • Compost Bins
  • Directed/Disconnected Downspouts
  • Edible Gardens
  • Permeable Pavers
  • Pervious Asphalt
  • Solar Panels
  • Zero Water Yards
  • Green Roofs

If you are interested in participating, please contact This walk is part of DRCC/TAG’s Rain2River program and Sustainable Seattle’s Sustainable Neighborhoods program. Visit to learn more.

Save 60% on Your Electric Bill This Year

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Having 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, and garbage. Visit Seattle City Light's website to see if you qualify for the discount program. To apply, call (206) 684-3417 or email Applications are available online in seven different languages.

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In This Issue:

Proyecto Saber Teachers Retire, New Positions Open

Seattle University Students Tackle Lofty Volunteer Project

Digital Connectors Students Graduate, Receive Laptops

José Martí Child Development Center Now Enrolling

Auction Item Sneak Peek!

Join Our Auction Procurement Committee Today

Sign Up for a Pozole Class This Weekend!

Summer Spanish Classes Open for Enrollment

Be a Part of Beacon Hill's First Ever Art Walk!

Help Preserve Our Outstanding Parks System

Show Off Your Home's Sustainability

Proyecto Saber Graduate Releases New Book

Spanish Classes Ad Ashley

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Events Calendar:

June 28: Pozole Class
July 12: Enchilada Class

Mil Gracias Spring Funders:

Verizon Foundation
$7,500 for After School Program

Safeco Foundation
$20,000 for Parent Child Home Program

King County 4Culture
$1,500 for Día de los Muertos

School's Out Washington
$326,685 for human service programs

National Council of La Raza NMFC
$17,250 for Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling programs.

United Way of King County
$326,685 for human service programs

Building the Beloved Community Gala Sponsors:

Clear Channel

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

Ben Bridge Jewler

Catholic Community Services
Heritage Bank
Molina Healthcare
Seattle City Light
Washington Education Association

Kantor Taylor
Plaza Bank
Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters
Seattle Education Association
Seattle Children's Hospital

SEIU Local 6
SMR Architects
Sprague Israel Giles
Union Bank
United Healthcare
United Way
Washington Federal
Watson & McDonnell PLLC
Washington Community Reinvestment Association

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News Roundup:

Seattle on track to build 5.4 miles of greenways this year
JBLM in Washington could become new shelter for detained, undocumented children

Starbucks to partially fund bachelor's degree for workers
With Cantor gone, immigration reform is all on Boehner now

Board of Directors:

Ramon Soliz, President
Roxana Amaral, Vice President
 Pablo Mendoza, Treasurer
Victoria Kill, Secretary

Madrienne Salgado, Parliamentarian
Francisco Calderon
Juan Cotto
Cristina Garcia
Dorry Elias-Garcia
Ricardo Garcia
Jeff Middelton
Alexandra Narvaez
Bianka Sanchez
Urbano Santos
Ofelia Alanis Torres

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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
Employment Assistance
ESL Classes / Spanish Classes
Financial Empowerment
Food Bank
Foreclosure Counseling
Growing & Learning Together
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
Smoking Cessation
Tax Prep Site
Transit Oriented Parking
Veteran’s Services
Youth Case Management & Cultural
Youth Employment
Youth Technology Training

Youth Violence Prevention

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