Volunteers Needed!

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Interested in getting involved? Current volunteer needs include:

Building the Beloved Community Gala Volunteers: On Saturday September 2016, El Centro de la Raza will hold its annual Building the Beloved Community Gala at the Westin in downtown Seattle. The evening will consist of a reception, silent auction, dinner, and live auction. This event is the most important fundraiser of the year where we raise essential funds to support our 48 human service and community-building programs. To make this event a success, we are looking for 100+ volunteers! Volunteer groups welcomed.
Volunteer Roles | 3:00pm-10:00pm 
* Registration and Check-out
* Live Action Bid spotters
*Silent Auction & Item Pick-up
*Mobile Bidding Support
*Raffle Ticket Sales
*Live Recorders
*Set-Up | 10am-2:30pm

Plaza Roberto Maestas Grand Opening:
Our grand opening celebration for Plaza Roberto Maestas will be October 1st. We could use volunteers to help mark this momentous occasion.
9am-12pm Setup
12-4pm Event Support
4-6pm Clean Up

*Social Media Assistance
This volunteer will work on the Plaza’s Grand Opening social media campaign. Come in once a week to help with writing and distributing ads for the event and helping the Multi-Cultural Events Manager with office assistance and misc. projects. Skills in Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Adobe Photoshop, and general marketing are helpful.
Shifts: Monday thru Friday, 2-3 hours (Flexible within business hours)

ESL Classroom Assistance:
Are you bilingual and would like to volunteer as a classroom assistant? We are still searching for dedicated volunteers who can help with our ESL evening classes. We need volunteers to break into small groups to do various exercises with our students and be passionate about helping adults learn English. Classes meet Tuesday and Thursdays from 4-5pm and/or 5:00-7:30pm.

Front Desk Assistant: Frances Martinez Community Service Center: Greet program participants, answer phones, take messages, respond to emails, update the database, direct volunteers to appropriate offices, refer walk-ins to other agencies, and provide information regarding social services. Spanish proficiency required.

  • Shifts – Monday & Tuesday: 8:30am – 12pm, Wednesday: 8:30am – 5pm, Thursday & Friday: 8:30am – 12pm (At least two hours within any shift times above)

Legal Clinic Intake & Interpreting: 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)

Kitchen Assistant: La Cocina needs a volunteer cook assistant who would be helping with a wide range of tasks, including basic prep support for meal, dish washing, kitchen cleaning and assisting with weekly food inventory of both food donations and scheduled deliveries. Requirements: Be able to lift 30-40 lbs. Have a current/ up to date Food Handlers Permit (we can reimburse you for this food handler’s permit). Shifts: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 9:30pm – 1:30pm (One shift a week is great, more is welcome)

Latino Hot Meal: The Latino Hot Meal program is primarily looking for a bilingual volunteer to assist in a new language-learning component of the lunch hour, Monday-Friday.  This individual would have conversation in English and Spanish and assist program participants in strengthening their English-language skill.  Other volunteer roles include kitchen assistance (composing meals before handing over to program participants) and check-in assistance (ensure an accurate report of all program participants for the day).
Open Shifts, excluding English-language volunteer:
Wednesday 11:45-1:15pm
Thursday 11:45-1:15pm
Friday 11:45-1:15pm

*Shifts can be combined or supplemented with Food Bank volunteerism.

There are also many more one-time or on-going volunteer opportunities available – learn more here. We ask all new volunteers to fill out our volunteer application, 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.

If you’re interested in helping with one of these positions, or for more information, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (206) 957-4602 or volunteer@elcentrodelaraza.org. ¡Gracias!