The Day Worker Center of Mountain View is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving the communities surrounding Mountain View, Los Altos, and Sunnyvale.
Established in 1996 by leaders from local businesses, churches, and the community, the Center provide job-matching services for hundreds of local homeowners and businesses annually.
The Center is overseen by a council of workers — the Workers' Commission, whose members are elected by the workers. Workers contribute to the success of the Center through this powerful platform.
Contributing to the community
In addition to supporting the day laborer population, the Center contributes to our community in the following ways:
for day workers
- reaches out to day laborers soliciting work on the streets to inform them about the center's services
- provides English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to the workers, facilitating interactions with employers and participation in local culture
- provides free weekly medical visits by the Gardner Health Services Mobile Medical van (also reducing strain on local emergency rooms)
- engages workers in worker-led community service, building neighborhood investment
For the Community at large
- serves as a critical conduit for the city agencies and services providers, such as Community Services Agency, to connect with clients and communicate with the wider Latino community
- organizes trash pickup on local streets
- donates hand-made blankets for premature infants at Lucille Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford
- helps coordinate and participate in community events sponsored by Rotary Club, Run for Zimbabwe, Mountain View Educational Foundation, etc.
- helps senior citizens with community gardens
- reduces the need for workers to solicit employment on the streets, thereby reducing complaints to police in the areas where workers congregate
María Marroquín serves as Executive Director for the Day Workers' Center of Mountain View, and as President of the Board of Directors of NDLON (National Day Labor Organizing Network). María oversees day-to-day operations at the center and serves as liaison with local employers and the community. Her passion is to empower workers to become members of the community. María is also a graduate of the center's programs.
"When I finished my first job, I felt like a heroine, that I'm really strong, I'm a survivor. I felt that I was capable of changing my life. More importantly, I became passionate about the day workers. I saw how they struggle, and how they suffer.
"It's like the waters parted for me. I began coming to the Center to give the workers rides to work, and started to volunteer in the office. I helped to organize the workers: I got involved with community activism, and started going to City Council meetings. At one point, I took English classes at a school that is sponsored by Philanthropic Ventures. Today, they are one of the foundations that supports our work in the community, and I have become the Executive Director of the Center. My story isn't unique. This could be repeated many, many times, thanks to organizations like the Day Worker Center, and the opportunities that they provide."
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is made up of people who are committed to assisting the Center and achieving its mission. Our board members are successful business leaders, community leaders and activists, and members of the day laborer community.
Day Worker Center of Mountain View Board of Directors (in alphabetical order):
- Armando Espitia
- Bill Lambert - President
- Craig Sherod - Treasurer
- Steve Olson - Treasurer
- David Wolff
- Fr. Robert Moran
- Josefina Bailon
- Laura Casas - Vice President
- Laura Macias - Secretary
- Marco Antonio Cedillo
- Marcos Leyva
- Francisco Mendosa