Centro Hispano was founded in 1992 as the Hispanic Resource Center, a joint project of the Catholic and Episcopal churches. The seeds of this organizing process were sown through English classes for the whole family (ESL), a group of women and summer camps for children.
On January 1, 1997, El Centro Hispano became an independent, nonprofit organization that combines services, education, leadership development, and community organizing. The story was made in the summer of 2000 when El Centro Hispano, in partnership with Self-Help Credit Union, State Employees Credit Union, and NC Minority Support Center, opened the first Latino Community Credit Union in the state of North Carolina.
In 2010, when our sister organization had to close its doors at Carrboro-Chapel Hill, El Centro Hispano opened its satellite office, adding the Employment and Leadership Center in April 2015.
El Centro Hispano is currently the largest Latino grassroots organization in the state. We have an active membership base of more than 700 members who pay dues and, in addition, we provide programs and services to more than 7,000 community members annually.
The El Centro Hispano is dedicated to strengthening the community, building bridges and advocating for the equity and inclusion for Hispanics / Latinos in the Triangle Area of North Carolina Triangle.
Strengthening the Hispanic Latino community in North Carolina.