Shirlington Employment and Education Center (SEEC)

EIN: 54-2036192

Mission Statement

SEEC offers assistance to Latino immigrants in need of employment, training, and referral services to meet their immediate needs. 

Program Summary

SEEC serves over 400 Latino immigrant men and women each year who have arrived from Latin American during the past few years and are looking for work and other essential services to meet their basic needs. SEEC staff refers these day laborers to moving jobs, landscape, minor painting and other labor related jobs to local homeowners and contractors. SEEC also offers training in how to start a business, how to get a driver’s privilege cards and basic computer skills.   SEEC offers referral services to its clients to the Arlington Food Assistance Center and the Arlington Free Clinic. 

Impact Statement

Each year SEEC staff refers its day laborer clients to over 500 jobs in moving, landscape and numerous other jobs that local homeowners and contractors request  the assistance of our clients. Our staff verifies that they live in Arlington and are also referred to AFAC and Arlington Free Clinic if they qualify. SEEC staff also assists clients with translation services when they need to make appointments for a number of family services, including with immigration, and the hospital.  

We have had numerous testimonials from Latino immigrants who comment to me that when they first arrived in Arlington, they went to SEEC to get their first jobs and an orientation of how to survive in the locally community and are now fully employed. 

What ways can the public get involved?

SEEC needs volunteers to contact potential employers for jobs for our clients, and if bilingual to do intake services to new clients. We can also use volunteers to tutor some of our clients who want to learn to speak English. We would welcome individuals who could provide rides to our clients who need it when they start a new job. 

How are charitable dollars spent? Where does my donation go?

SEEC utilizes donated dollars in the following manner:

Over $5,000 is used to purchase food from Latino restaurants in South Arlington to feed the day laborers during the winter months when employment opportunities are scarce. SEEC also pays for cell phone services for a some of our clients who rely on their cell phone to find employment. About $1,000 in donations are used to purchase gloves and caps during the winter months which are donated by SEEC to the day laborers. SEEC donates funds to our clients to pay for their bus transportation or a cab ride to get to a job when needed. Some support is also given for purchasing prescription drugs when needed and is verified. 

Information provided March 2024