El 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 the offering of whole family English as a Second Language (ESL) classes,a women's group, and summer enrichment camps for children.
On January 1, 1997 El Centro Hispano became an independent nonprofit organization blending service, education, leadership development and community organizing. History was made in the summer of 2000 when El Centro Hispano, in partnership with Self-Help Credit Union, State Employees Credit Union, and theNC Minority Support Center, opened the first Latino Community Credit Union in the state of North Carolina. This sister institution has now grown to provide much needed financial services in five cities across North Carolina.
In 2010, when our sister organization had to close its doors in Carrboro-Chapel Hill, El Centro Hispano opened its satelite office, adding in the Center for Employment & Leadership in April of 2016.
El Centro Hispano is currently the largest grassroots Latino organization in the state. We have an active membership base of more than 700 dues paying members and additionally provide programs and services to more than 8,000 community members annually.