Volunteers Needed!

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As an organization grounded in the Latino community, our mission is to build unity across all racial and economic sectors, to organize, empower, and defend our most vulnerable and marginalized populations and to bring justice, dignity, equality and freedom to all people of the world. Central to this effort for change is an unwavering commitment to struggle for Civil Rights for all persons. El Centro de la Raza recognizes that the majority of its participants, friends and supporters are involved in a daily struggle for economic independence, political empowerment, freedom, justice and creating community.

Emergency Safety Planning Assistants
El Centro needs volunteer assistance carrying out Emergency Safety Planning to help immigrants protect their children and assets in case of untimely deportation or detention. During the sessions, volunteers will help with completing demographic forms that allow for the categorization of the people we serve. On Saturdays, volunteers will also help completing the forms that designate temporary guardians for the care of children, and guiding families on how to protect the assets they have acquired in the US.

Spanish proficiency required.
Shifts—Monday-Friday: 8:30AM – 5:30PM; first and third Saturday of each month: 9:00AM- 6:00PM
– Must be 21 years or older
– Must be familiar with the form and know how to complete it in advance. El Centro will provide training.
– Must be careful and pay attention to detail

Know Your Rights
El Centro de La Raza is organizing a Know Your Rights workshop on the following dates: Feb 7th, Apr 4th, June 6th, August 1st, October 3rd, and November 7th. This workshop is an overview of the process when an undocumented person is arrested/detained and identifying key points in the process where a person can exercise their rights.

It will be held at our Centilia Cultural Center, 1660 S Roberto Maestas Festival St, Seattle, WA 98144 from 6:30PM – 8PM.
We will need volunteers from 5:00PM- 8:30PM to help with set up, food service, welcome table, training assistance, and clean up.

Guest Presenters/Site Visit hosts/Job readiness assistants for Latinos in Finance

LIF is a workforce development program to train bilingual Latinos to enter into the finance sector through a six-week bank teller training program. We are looking for guest presenters who work in the finance sector and banking to give presentations on topics specific to their field of expertise. We also would benefit from volunteers who could help with our job readiness portion of the program. They would be helping with resumes, job search and interview preparation.

Spanish proficiency NOT required.  Shifts— Monday-Wednesday: 9:00AM-3:00PM with schedule flexibility for guest presentations and job readiness assistance.

Early Learning Programs

Home visitors need assistance preparing children’s activities that are taken on visits. These activities can help with a child’s motor function, excel their creativity or introduce them to new ways to learn colors, patterns or numbers. We utilize recycled products and look for creative project ideas online. There is no limit to the creativity when helping a child learn. Will work or receive directions from the home visitors as to which projects or activities are needed. If you are creative or love arts and crafts, this opportunity is for you!
Shifts— Monday- Friday: 9:00AM-5:00PM

ESL Assistant
Assist with English language classes one to two times per week. Provide support to ESL instructor as well as individual support to class participants. Help instructor and ESL Coordinator with intake and enrollment of students. Volunteers should be willing to commit to at least one evening (~2.5 hours) per week.
Spanish proficiency is NOT required. Shifts–Tue: 5:00pm – 7:30pm Thu: 5:00PM– 7:30PM

Volunteer with United Way of King County’s
Free Tax Campaign

For the past eight years El Centro de la Raza has partnered with UWKC to offer free tax preparation services to low-and-middle income community members. Last year, the campaign helped over 19,900 community members file their taxes, bringing over $20 million back to the community in tax refunds! Today, United Way’s Free Tax Campaign has become one of Washington’s largest anti-poverty campaigns.

Two volunteering options are available:
Volunteer Intake and Benefits Specialists (VIBS) – VIBS help clients get paperwork in order and connect them to other financial services and public benefits.

Volunteer Tax Preparers – All of our Tax Preparers are IRS certified to help clients complete their tax returns and ensure they get the credits they’re eligible for.

To learn more and get involved, visit https://www.uwkc.org/volunteer/free-tax-prep/

Senior Program Computer Tutor

Our Senior Program participants come four days a week to eat a nutritious meal, engage in physical exercise, and participate in recreational activities.  We have a computer lab available for their use on Fridays.  A handful of our seniors would love to learn the basics of computer and internet use.  A volunteer would need to show them how to turn the computer on, create an email address, read and respond to emails, how to upload pictures and send them by email, how to apply for benefits online, find employment, join social networking sites, find news about their country, etc.

Spanish proficiency required
Shifts: Friday 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Front Desk Assistant: Frances Martinez Community Service Center
Greet program participants, answer phones, take messages, respond to e-mails, update the database, direct volunteers to appropriate offices, refer walk-ins to other agencies, and provide information regarding social services. Spanish proficiency required.        Shifts—Mon: 8:30am-5pm Tue: 8:30am-12pm Wed: 8:30am-5:30pm Thu: 8:30am-12pm Fri: 8am-5:00pm (At least two hours within any shift once a week)

Food Bank Assistance: Tuesday and Wednesday morning shift volunteers move food from the truck to the food bank; all other shifts primarily help distribute food to participants as they come into the food bank, and occasionally assist with portioning out produce and canned items.  Shifts—Tue: 7:30am-9:30am Wed: 9am – 12pm & 2pm – 6pm Thu: 9am – 12pm & 1:30pm-4:30pm Fri: 10am – 12pm and 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Legal Clinic Assistant
El Centro de la Raza partners with legal associates from Schroeter Goldmark and Bender and the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington to offer free legal clinics for anyone in the local community in need of legal consultation for immigration or non-immigration related purposes.

  • 2nd Wednesday of each month,
  • Must be 21 years or older and bilingual (Spanish/English). Experience interpreting, especially with legal terminology, is helpful.
  • Perform intakes; provide interpretation for Attorneys and/or clients (legal glossaries will be provided, but must stay at El Centro: volunteers can request an electronic copy)
Plaza Roberto Maestas After-School Program

Homework Tutoring for a 3 month program and help students who need support finishing assignments in core subjects like reading, math, science, social sciences, history, language arts, etc. Will also support facilitators and students in program engagement with journal prompts or reading. Occasionally lend a hand with field trips and physically directing students. Spanish, Mandarin, or Amharic proficiency preferred. Commitment levels are 1 day a week minimum for 3 months spanShifts: Monday – Friday from 4pm to 6pm

We ask all new volunteers to fill out our volunteer application (Can be done on our website:  http://www.elcentrodelaraza.org/get-involved/volunteer/), complete a background check, and attend a volunteer orientation: Orientations take place twice a month. Café con El Centro repeats every first Thursday of each month from 8-9am. Café is a good, informal opportunity to get to know the staff, programs, mission, and history of El Centro. After that we have an evening orientation from 5:30-6:30pm that repeats every third Wednesday on the month. Please RSVP if you are able to attend either one. Only one orientation is required but you are free to attend both/ multiple times.