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.

2010: ECH opened its branch in the heart of Carrboro, NC.

2015: ECH opened the Center for Employment & Leadership in its Carrboro-Chapel Hill branch.

2016: The Advocacy and Civic Participation Department (previously known as Community Engagement & Advocacy) was created.

2020: ECH opened its branch in Raleigh, NC

2021: ECH implements the Advocacy and Equity Area for the organization.