El Centro de la Raza

El Centro de la Raza is a voice and a hub for Seattle and Martin Luther King, Jr. County’s Latino community working to achieve social justice. Through comprehensive programs and services, El Centro de la Raza empowers members of the Latino community as fully participating members of society. El Centro de la Raza also works to raise awareness with the general public, and government, business and civic leaders about the needs of the Chicano/Latino community in the United States.

El Centro de la Raza has a strong commitment to the struggle for civil rights for all persons, regardless of race, and a rich history of services to the community. Many program participants come back to El Centro de la Raza to join advocacy efforts, to volunteer, or just to visit. Along local work, El Centro de la Raza maintains an international perspective and connections and continue to work for positive social change in the global community.

MISSION: As an organization grounded in the Latino community, the mission of El Centro de la Raza 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 the peoples of the world.


Assist with Tamale Classes 

Taught by a master tamalera, our tamale classes are an important fundraiser for El Centro de la Raza. To keep classes running smoothly, we need volunteers to assist with classes on the following dates from 10am-1pm:

Saturday, February 22nd
Saturday, March 15th
Saturday, March 29th 
Saturday, April 26th
Saturday, May 17th

More Cooking Opportunities!

In response to the popularity of our tamale classes, El Centro de la Raza is looking for volunteer instructors to teach other types of cooking classes! Do you have a special dish that you can teach? We are looking for volunteer instructors to guide students through the creation of special Latin American dishes. The cooking class proceeds benefit our Senior Nutrition and Wellness Program. If you are interested in learning more, please email development@elcentrodelaraza.org or call (206) 957-4611.

Help José Martí Child Development Center Get Ready for New Floors!

The JMCDC is getting new flooring in the teachers' offices and meeting space, but first we need some help moving furniture out. Please join us on Friday, February 21st from 9am-5pm. We would love some all-day help, or even just a few hours of your time.

Special Data Entry Project

Seeking one patient, detail-oriented volunteer to help complete end-of-year data entry projects. Flexible schedule within business hours. 

Intern with El Centro de la Raza's Building the Beloved Community Gala!

The development office is already busy getting ready for the 2014 Building the Beloved Community Gala. We are looking for two outgoing, flexible, and enthusiastic interns to assist with advertisement and auction item procurement. This unpaid internship is perfect for someone who is eager for lots of fundraising experience. 

La Cocina Popular, Latino Hot Meal Program

From noon-1pm every Monday-Friday, the Hot Meal Program serves free, nutritious lunches to individuals in a diverse community setting. Volunteers help check-in participants, do intake on new participants, communicate basic rules to the new participants, and chat with people while they wait for their meal. Should be proficient in Spanish and comfortable working with men and the homeless community.

Latino Hot Meal is currently short on volunteers, especially Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Food Bank Assistance

Our food bank is in need of regular daytime volunteers to keep things running smoothly. We need help during the following shifts: Wed 9am-12pm & 2:30-6:30pm, Thurs 9am-12pm & 1-4pm, Fri 1:30-4pm, Mon (2x/month) 1:30-4pm 

Volunteers help unload deliveries, distribute food to participants as they come into the Food Bank, and occasionally assist with portioning out produce and canned items. Multilingualism is definitely an asset here!

Even if you cannot stay for a whole shift, your presence would be appreciated!

Help with El Centro de la Raza's Marketing!

Support El Centro de la Raza by helping us spread the word about our Christmas Tree Sales, Spanish Classes, Tamale Classes, and more! We are looking for 1-2 creative, outgoing volunteers to help raise awareness of these important fundraisers for El Centro de la Raza's 44 programs and services.

Professional Skills?

Do you have a skill or talent (such as graphic design, carpentry, interpreting, etc.) that you can share with us at El Centro de la Raza? We'd love to have your help with any of our opportunities, which can be found here!


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