Found in Translation, nonprofit serving bilingual, celebrates its move to Central
After two years working out of coffee shops, living rooms and donated spaces, in August the nonprofit Found in Translation became one of the first tenants at Workbar, the co-working space in Central Square.
It took a long search, said Found in Translation’s founder and executive director, Maria Vertkin, but the sharing of amenities at the 45 Prospect St. location of Workbar, such as a kitchen, conference rooms and even a 3-D printer, means “we can focus on our impact”: getting bilingual women good work through the use of their language skills.
Since its launch in 2011, Found in Translation has moved more than 50 low-income women in the area through its Medical Interpreter Certificate Course and into jobs as interpreters in hospitals and other health care and community settings.
The nonprofit’s even more immediate focus: To celebrate its move to Cambridge and other accomplishments with a benefit event called Party Around the World, planned for 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Kendall Square. The event, which will include food, music and dance performances from many cultures, is open to the public. There will also be a silent auction, with a five-day free pass to Workbar among the items being offered at auction.
Among the accomplishments being celebrated are a slew of awards and other recognition: Getting the Echoing Green Global Fellowship, Kip Tiernan Social Justice Fellowship, the Advancement Award from the Boston Club and the Innovation Award from the Smaller Business Association of New England and ranking in the World’s Top 25 Social Enterprises for Women and Girls by Women Deliver.
The move to permanent offices near the T “makes it more accessible to the women Found in Translation serves who come in for mentoring, language-coaching or help with job applications,” Vertkin said.
Interpreting is the fourth-fastest-growing profession in the United States, and is predicted to grow by 42.2 percent over the next decade, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data cited by Found in Translation. The median wage of an interpreter is a roughly 500 percent wage increase for Found in Translation program participants.
“For the women Found in Translation serves, a medical interpreting career represents a tremendous economic leap,” Vertkin said.
For information, call Vertkin at (617) 990-4576 or send e-mail to [email protected].
Tickets to Party Around the World can be bought online.