1992: Founded as the Hispanic Resource Center, a joint project of the Catholic and Episcopal churches.
1997: El Centro Hispano (ECH) became an independent nonprofit organization blending service, education, leadership development and community organizing.
2000: ECH, in partnership with Self-Help Credit Union, State Employees Credit Union, and the NC Minority Support Center, opened the first Latino Community Credit Union in the state of North Carolina.
2002: Started our LGBTQ Program and became a pioneer program in the Southeast.
2010: Opened its branch in Carrboro, serving the Orange county community.
2015: Opened the Casa for Employment & Leadership in its Carrboro branch.
2016: The Advocacy and Civic Participation Department (previously known as Community Engagement & Advocacy) was created.
2020: Opened its branch in Raleigh, serving the Wake county community.
2020: Engaged by NC DHHS to lead COVID19 response efforts in eight counties by implementing its Community Health Workers as first responders and partnering with COVID19 testing/vaccination providers.
2021: ECH implements the Advocacy and Equity Area for the organization.