"We accompany immigrants in their transition
from poverty and isolation to prosperity and participation."

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Capital Campaign Update

Despite a national climate of economic uncertainty, the Multicultural Institute (MI) has continued to gradually expand and successfully develop partnerships with organizations, community leaders and concerned neighbors who share a common belief in the Institute’s visionary work. In July 2011, MI began its ambitious three-year Siempre Adelante Capital Campaign dedicated to raising the one million dollars needed to complete the purchase and renovation of the property, creating a lasting foundation for MI’s important work. Successful campaigning will position us to: (1) upgrade the foundation of the building, (2) make essential interior enhancements for program use, and (3) create additional space to permit program expansion.

The first phase has begun with our strong, loyal base, and through intensive outreach and cultivation efforts led by a dedicated campaign committee, we have secured close to $300k in pledged and received gifts. The end of the Campaign will feature community-level gifts, to encourage a sense of ownership by those who most directly experience the fruits of MI’s work.


Capital Campaign Cabinet

Mike Florio
California Public Utilities Commission

Rose Jacobs Gibson
San Mateo County

Martin Gonzalez
Gonzalez Bros. Landscaping

Les Guliasi
Independent Energy Consultant

Barry Jolette

San Mateo Credit Union

Jesus Méndez
Owner, Mi Tierra Foods

Celia M. Ruiz
Founding partner

Ruiz & Sperow, LLP

Ricardo Velazco
Branch Manager, BHG Real Estate

Victor Robert Weisser
Former president

California Council for Environmental

  and Economic Balance;

Former executive director

California Public Utilities Commission

For in-depth information on our Capital Campaign, the following documents can be downloaded:

Capital Campaign Overview »
Features of the Center »
About Our Founder »
Guide to Giving »
Pledge Form »

Our Events

Tequila Festival


Final TF flyer


Saturday, April, 26th 2014

at Multicultural Institute, from 5-7pm


Navidad Jornalera


navidad 5


Thursday, December 19, 2013,

at the Good Shepherd Parish Hall

1823 Ninth St, Berkeley, from 12-2 pm


Monday, December 23, 2013

at St. Anthony Parish

3500 Middlefield Rd, Menlo Park, from 12-2 pm


Annual Dinner


annual dinner

Thursday, December 12, 2013

at the Dunsmuir-Hellman Pavilion

2960 Peralta Court, Oakland, from 6-9 pm


Thanksgiving Lunch



Thursday, November 28, 2013

at James Kenney Recreation Center

1720 Eight St, Berkeley, from 8 am – 1:30 pm


Onsite Dental Clinic


onsite dental

Friday, October 25, 2013 – Tuesday, October 29, 2013

at the Multicultural Institute, from 8 am – 4 pm


Tequila Tasting 



  Saturday, September 7, 2013

at the Multicultural Institute,  from 5-7 pm


YWF Closing Ceremony



Friday, July 12, 2013,

at the Good Shepherd Parish Hall,

1823 Ninth St, Berkeley, from 6-8 pm


Richmond Office Open House



Tuesday, June 11, 2013

at 3600 MacDonald Ave, Richmond, from 4-6 pm


Business Skills Training



Monday, June 10, 2013 – Friday, June 28, 2013

at the Multicultural Institute, from 6-8 pm


GED Graduation



Friday, May 31, 2013

at Black Pine Circle 

2027 Seventh St, Berkeley, from 6-8 pm


Special Dinners @ MI



Hannigan, Guliasi and guests – Friday, May 24, 2013

Terrazas, Gallo, Elissagaray and Candell - Friday, June 7, 2013

                                                      Deborah Torres and guests – TBA                                                                                                                                                                                       



Hire a Day Laborer

Should you ever need a worker the same day please call the following numbers to make the appropriate arrangements:
Berkeley: (510) 847-8714
Redwood City/North Fair Oaks: (650) 339-2794
Richmond: (510) 847-1479