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:
Building the Beloved Community Gala Volunteers: We are currently seeking volunteers for our 45th Anniversary Building the Beloved Community Gala! 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 are welcomed!
Volunteer Roles (3pm – 10pm)
*Registration and Check-out
*Bid spotters & Recorders
*Silent Auction & Item Pick-up
*Raffle Ticket Sales
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
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.