WORCESTER, Mass., June 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Language Bank was named a top 100 finalist for the 7th Annual Classy Awards. The Collaborative is a unique three-day experience that brings together top social innovators from around the world. Classy, the world's leading online fundraising platform for social enterprises, has hosted this event for years in San Diego and recently expanded the footprint into Boston's Innovation District. This year's event will take place June 13-15, 2017.
Language Bank is a fee-for-service social enterprise that trains and employs refugees and other new Americans as language interpreters. Language Bank customers include hospitals, courts, schools, for-profit businesses, and other organizations. Language Bank is a member of Ascentria Care Alliance a multi-service nonprofit that resettles new Americans, so it has unique insight into the future language needs of its customers, as well as a pipeline of loyal and dedicated interpreters. Language Bank's social goals are to empower limited english proficient people to be able to make their own choices as they navigate the legal and healthcare systems, as well as help these institutions provide the best quality care possible. Language Bank will also continue to employ qualified refugees as interpreters.
"We are honored to be selected as a Classy Awards finalist," states Angela Bovill, president and CEO of Ascentria Care Alliance. "As part of Ascentria, Language Bank's mission is to strengthen communities by empowering people to respond to life's challenges. This is something that we as an organization live by day-in and day-out. Helping others gain the confidence and ability to live their life to its fullest potential is a remarkable feeling. It is a great honor to be recognized by Classy for this effort, as well as to be alongside other organizations celebrated as innovators and change-makers in the sector."
Finalists were selected based on their scale and scope of the problem, an innovative approach, ability to solve the problem, and organizational effectiveness. Ten winners from the 100 finalists will be chosen by the Classy Leadership Council and announced on stage at the awards ceremony in June.
"The Classy Awards has become one of the top forums for recognizing global social innovation," said Pat Walsh, co-founder and chief impact officer of Classy. "Classy awards finalists are pioneering innovative ideas and technologies addressing some of our greatest social problems, and we're honored to play a role in recognizing their incredible accomplishments."
The Collaborative is presented by Classy, Southwest Airlines, Fluxx, Plenty Consulting, and The Boston Foundation, alongside Salesforce and Guidestar. For more information on the Collaborative and the Classy Awards, visit www.classy.org/collaborative.
About Language Bank
Language Bank, a member of Ascentria Care Alliance, is a leading provider of interpretation, translation and training. Language Bank employs more than 200 interpreters representing 60+ languages. Their client portfolio includes health care facilities, government agencies, legal firms, technology companies, insurers, and financial institutions. Language Bank is dedicated to providing the highest level of service and offers a full and comprehensive interpreter training center. Language Bank provides its clients with self-service features including utilization reports and other metrics to support compliance initiatives. Language Bank is a nonprofit social enterprise employing many refugees resettled by Ascentria. Their rich knowledge of language and culture enhances the services that Language Bank provides as well as the communities in which they serve. To learn more, please visit thelanguagebank.org.
About Ascentria Care Alliance
As one of the largest human service organizations in New England, Ascentria Care Alliance empowers people of all backgrounds to rise together and reach beyond life's challenges. We are creating an innovative human-centered care model to help individuals and families move forward and thrive – physically, intellectually, socially, spiritually and economically.
With many locations throughout the region, Ascentria serves children, youth and families; persons with developmental disabilities and mental illness; refugees, including unaccompanied refugee minors; and older adults.
Through productive collaborations and partnerships, we create measurable, positive impact that enriches our communities. Inspired by our faith-based heritage and guided by compassion, courage and integrity, we envision a world in which everyone can realize their fullest potential and share with others in need.
To learn more, please visit us at ascentria.org and follow Ascentria on Facebook and Twitter: @ascentria.
Classy is the world's leading fundraising platform for social enterprises with the goal of solving social problems more effectively and efficiently. Since launching in 2011, Classy has helped more than 3,000 social enterprises including Oxfam, World Food Program USA, and National Geographic to raise hundreds of millions of dollars. Classy also hosts the Collaborative, a 3-days summit and awards ceremony that brings together impactful social enterprises and celebrates achievements in the sector. Based in San Diego, CA, Classy employs a staff of over 200 people and was recognized by Glassdoor in 2016 as one of the Best Places to Work. Other recent recognition includes Fast Company's 10 Most Innovative Companies for Social Good in 2016, Entrepreneur Magazine's 10 Most Brilliant Companies for Social Impact in 2016 and listed as a "Rising Star" in the first-ever Forbes Cloud 100 list in 2016. Classy is backed by investors including JMI Equity, Mithril and Salesforce Ventures. For more information, visit www.classy.org or follow Classy on Twitter: @Classy.
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