El Centro de la Raza provides a series of distinct services to address the food needs of Seattle’s most marginalized populations.
El Centro hopes to expand their services by redeveloping the south lot as the Plaza Roberto Maestas next to the Beacon Hill Light Rail Station, which will include a public plaza, retail/community gathering space, and 114 affordable housing units.
El Centro has a very strong history of community leadership within the Latino community and a strong presence in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. The current Executive Director has been with the organization for almost 40 years and is supported by many other long-term staff. The organization also has the capacity to fulfill the needs of the community, so individuals and families who may access the food programs also have access to other support services El Centro can provide.
El Centro has strong partnerships with other organizations, such as Lettuce Link, Food Lifeline, Food Resources, Pike Place Market and the American Red Cross.
Accessibility and Cultural Competency
El Centro has a bilingual, culturally competent staff that allows them to continue their outreach efforts to the Latino community as well as other communities in the surrounding neighborhood.
El Centro’s 40th Anniversary Celebration brought in $255,000 exceeding their 2011 auction by $62,000. With the support of a full-time grants coordinator, El Centro is aggressively cultivating corporate, foundation, and government funding. They have also grown their programming to include creative fundraising projects such as Christmas tree sales, culinary classes, Spanish classes, space rentals, and a temporary pay parking lot.
Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:
Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:
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$30,000.00||support general operating expenses. |