Community Interpreter Survey Volunteers Needed!
The IRC in Silver Spring's Communit Interpreter Program is seeking a volunteer/s interested in developing and conducting a survey to evaluate and measure the program's impact on client self sufficiency. Please see the program description below to learn more about the program goals.
If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please contact Hanako Kubori, Community Interpreter Program Coordinator at Hanako.Kubori@Rescue.org, or (301) 562-8633 x202. Experience with developing and adminsitering surveys is desired but not required. Thank you!
Community Interpreter Program
Goals: The program aims to provide all Limited English Proficient (LEP) SWRC clients with in-person interpretation services at the SWRC, clients’ homes, airports, hospitals, and other places where services are needed. This program aims to reduce reliance upon expensive and inconsistent telephonic interpreting services and enables the SWRC and other service providers to better comply with Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964, especially in providing LEP individuals with meaningful access to federally funded services.
The program ensures high quality interpretation service by providing interpreters with 40-hour community interpreter training, enrolling interpreters to 10 to 20-hour training, and constantly monitoring and evaluating the service quality by conducting interpreter performance evaluation surveys. The program helps promote better communication between LEP clients and SWRC staff, and cuts overhead costs, helping all SWRC programs save on interpretation expenses.
The program aims to promote SWRC refugee and asylee clients’ professional development, improve their self-esteem, and help them to generate additional income. The program facilitates clients’ integration into the community as contributing members of society, not as recipients of social services.