El Centro


As a Seattle-based non-profit organization, El Centro de la Raza administers 52 social service programs, and serves as a resource to families, non-profits and government entities throughout Washington State.

Located on Beacon Hill since 1972, El Centro is recognized as an important voice and hub for the Latino community while working to build unity across all racial and economic sectors. El Centro actively participated in the development of the North Beacon Hill Neighborhood Plan as a community convener and organized voices who had never participated in such a process. El Centro is now poised to transform the acre of vacant land that sits between its historic schoolhouse building and the Beacon Hill light rail station into Plaza Roberto Maestas, a mixed-use, affordable housing development.

For more than 42 years, El Centro has dedicated itself to serving low income and marginalized populations.

Today, El Centro is known as known as The Center for People of All Races, and its impact is felt throughout Washington State.

  • In 2014, El Centro de la Raza helped 8,563 families and 15,063 individuals through their 52 social service programs and community advocacy efforts.

STAFF. El Centro is run by over 90 staff and over one thousand volunteers, and funnels most of its dollars directly to its social service programs.

  • In 2013, 80.4 percent of El Centro’s donated funds went directly to support program expenses, and 19.6 percent went to administrative expenses.
  • El Centro employs 91 staff members.
  • In 2014, El Centro attracted 1,423 volunteers who donated 31,780 volunteer hours.

seniorchildPROGRAM AREAS. El Centro’s bilingual and multicultural programs are designed to build self-sufficiency and empowerment in the following areas:

  • Child and youth programs
  • Human and emergency services
  • Education and skill-building programs
  • Community building and cultural programming

Plaza Roberto Maestas will expand the reach of El Centro’s services and programs, and will build on El Centro’s commitment to bring justice, dignity, equality, and freedom to all people.

To learn more about El Centro’s programs, go to www.elcentrodelaraza.org/what-we-do/


TOP RIGHT – El Centro is known as known as The Center for all Races, and its impact is felt throughout Washington State.

BOTTOM RIGHT – From its award-winning child development center to classes for Senior citizens, El Centro serves a broad and diverse community through its 52 social service programs.