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.
Examples of opportunities:
Development Office Assistance: Assist the Development Team with a variety of office tasks, including filing, data entry, and preparation of mailings. Flexible within business hours— Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5pm
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
Parent-Child Home Program Assistant
The Parent-Child Home Program is in need of a dedicated volunteer to help with clerical work including but not limited to filing, putting files together, data entry, research training opportunities, and helping with the preparation of materials to be used by staff for activities during their visit with families. Skills: Proficiency in Spanish is a plus, but is not required. Proficient with computers and Microsoft programs. Must be able to stay on task, work well with others, and be comfortable in a fast-paced work environment with low supervision. Flexible between Monday-Friday 9am-12pm and 1pm-6pm
Elementary After School Program Tutors
Tutor school age children (5-12yrs) with their daily homework, reading and learning games. The after school program is designed to direct children to a positive learning environment and encourage cultural and linguistic diversity in youth This is a great position for volunteers who are interested in learning or practicing other languages and for volunteer who enjoy working with kids from various racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds. Shifts—Mon-Thur: 2pm-5:30pm
Middle School After School Program Tutors
Tutor school age children (5-12yrs) with their daily homework, reading and learning games. The after school program is designed to direct children to a positive learning environment and encourage cultural and linguistic diversity in youth This is a great position for volunteers who are interested in learning or practicing other languages and for volunteer who enjoy working with kids from various racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds. Shifts—Mon-Fri: 3:30pm-6:00pm
Job Readiness Program Assistant: To assist in two youth related Job Readiness Programs. The volunteer will help with general office duties, workshop presentations, intake, document file management. They will engage with participants, staff and others involved, to support youth job readiness. Mon-Thur 3-6pm & Fri 3-5pm
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)
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.