The Shirlington Employment and Education Center (SEEC) is an employment and education center in Arlington, Virginia. SEEC was established in 2000 to help day laborers find employment. It started with a small office at the corner of South 27th Street and Nelson Street in Arlington’s Shirlington community. On October 2003, SEEC took oversight responsibility for the Pavilion located across the street from the Weenie Beenie. On March 1, 2020, the SEEC office was relocated to the Arlington Mill Community Center at 909 S. Dinwiddie Street, Suite 422, Arlington, VA 22204. The Pavilion that opened in 2003 is expected to close in the near future.
SEEC's services are free for both workers and employers, though voluntary donations are accepted.
According to Andres Tobar, SEEC's Executive Director, SEEC has been purchasing meals from Latino restaurants in South Arlington to distribute to day laborers in the Shirlington and Green Valley communities since March 2020. Funds from these initiatives have come from area foundations, churches and community individuals who recognize the need to feed those in need and support local businesses survive the pandemic. Thirty meals are distributed weekly from Tortas y Tacos Restaurant, Abi’s Azetec Grill and Las Brasas Restaurant. Bag lunches are also provided by Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, and Rock Spring Congregational UCC.
Arlington Mill Community Center houses the new SEEC Office