Language Bank Named a Finalist for the 7th Annual Classy Awards

June 12, 2017
The Language Bank, a member of Ascentria Care Alliance
Worcester, MALanguage 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

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