Since 1972, Centro Cultural of Washington County has served Latino families with an ever-growing range of programs designed to create self-sufficient, engaged, and active citizens.
We recognize that everyone, regardless of their income or documented status are vital to our economy and are part of the social and cultural fabric of Oregon. Centro Cultural is successful because of the generosity of its volunteers, founders, local government, and private sector sponsors/donors. Throughout the years, thousands of Latino and low-income residents have been helped to become productive members of the community.
A home for Latino cultures, Centro serves the needs of our diverse community by promoting personal growth and empowerment.
An inclusive community where equity thrives for all
Equity: We use an equity lens to inform our actions and how we serve the community.
Community: We exist to create community in meaningful ways and are committed to promoting Latino culture and pride.
Integrity: We employ the highest ethical standards, demonstrating honesty and fairness in every action that we take.
Teamwork: We are committed to an environment where every person is valued, treated with respect, encouraged to contribute and recognized for his/her efforts.
Learning: we believe the human experience is enriched through learning; therefore we support and invest in learning for children, teens, and adults.
Respect: We honor the rights and beliefs of our staff, our volunteers, our program participants, our donors and the community.
Centro was founded by a group of migrant families who wanted, despite resistance from established residents, to make Washington County their permanent home. The fourteen migrant families who founded Centro Cultural believed in creating a vibrant, cohesive society shared and valued by established and newcomer residents of different ethnicity and backgrounds. Many of Centro’s founders have dedicated their lives to civic service and now serve in positions in state, county and city government. Their children and grandchildren continue their work and their success by serving on Centro’s board of directors and by working as volunteers for Centro.