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.
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.
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)
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.