Our year in Review

December 27, 2017

We made it through our first year! 

 

The past twelve months have been exhilarating and scary, wonderful and humbling. Foremost, we are so thankful for every one of you- thank you for helping us improve language access for those who need it. 

Here's a quick look at some of what we've accomplished in such a short amount of time: 

  • Global Wordsmiths was incorporated as the outcome of years of research and preparation. Hooray!

  • Meredith Bapir joined the team. Meredith is our talented, tenacious, brilliant Director of Programs and Evaluation. She is the heart and soul of The Language Access Project and we would be lost without her. 

  • A seat at the Social Enterprise Alliance table helped us clearly define our social mission.

  • Scaling up our team to include 45+ translators and interpreters and to provide services in 30+ languages.

  • Permanent Home. We found our little nook in the world at Ascender, a hub for entrepreneurship and innovation. 

  • The Language Access Project launched! The Language Access successfully completed 171 hours, 46 phone calls, 82 translated documents, 16 in-person interpretations to Jewish Family and Community Services during it's pilot cycle. A huge thanks to everyone involved! 

  • Fiscal Sponsorship. Global Wordsmiths partnered with New Sun Rising as a Fiscal Sponsor in order to broaden our fundraising capabilities. 

  • We won the Audience Choice Award in the 2017 Invest in Her Pitch Competition! 

  • Organizational Membership to The Global Switchboard, because of our organizations' mission alignment (and because they are so great). 

  • Partnerships with Carnegie Mellon University and The University of Pittsburgh. Nine departments across these two great universities partnered with Global Wordsmiths to provide academic credit to interns participating in The Language Access Project. 

  • The Community Engagement Project began the early stages of development. Stay tunes for details! 

  • Global Pittsburgh Immigrant Champion Award nomination. Thank you, Global Pittsburgh!

  • Appearance on the Pitchwerks Podcast, episode #57. 

  • Partner Organizations chosen for the Spring 2018 Language Access Project cycle! Bike Pittsburgh, Building New Hope, Friends of Farmworkers, JFCS and Just Harvest will receive Arabic, Bengali, French, Hindi, Mandarin, Nepali and Spanish translation and interpretation services at no cost from January 16th through April 20th so that they can provide meaningful language access to the clients they serve. 

  • Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership Nonprofit Clinic. Global Wordsmiths was chosen to participate in this innovate, wonderful program beginning in January 2018. 

  • IncubateHER. Global Wordsmiths has been accepted into the 2018Chatham University Center for Women's Entrepreneurship IncubateHER incubator program. Stay tuned for our official announcement! 

  • Coro Pittbsurgh Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Awardnomination. 

  • New website launches. Check it out! 


Wishing you and yours a new year filled with peace, joy and love. 

 

 

 

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