Language - the key to understanding and inclusion!
For Giving Tuesday 2020, Citizens4Community invites you to join us to create a fund to enable simultaneous Spanish/English conversations with our Latino friends and neighbors in Sisters Country! This campaign will continue through December, as we invite people to make a holiday donation in honor of someone they care about.
C4C has opened a door for connection with the Latino community in Sisters Country. The recent success of a simultaneously interpreted Let's Talk! discussion has given us hope and encouragement to do even more work to connect others.
Our Let’s Talk! community conversation on November 16, 2020 offered an opportunity for all Sisters’ residents to meet their new Deschutes County Sheriff officers. This program on Zoom was presented entirely in Spanish and in English at the same time! It was heartwarming to be in that important community meeting and know that many Latinos living in Sisters were included in these valuable introductions - because they heard them all in Spanish as they were spoken in English!
"Me gusto mucho y la traducción estuvo muy buena !! Gracias por todo lo que haces por la comunidad latina...saludos." Lorena
"I liked it very much and the translation was very good!! Thank you for all that you do for the Latina community." Lorena
"Muchas gracias. Muy interesante reunion." Ruth
"Thank you. It was a very interesting meeting."
Zoom’s language interpretation technology made it possible for the Spanish speakers to hear the entire two hour program only in Spanish. Simultaneously, the English speakers heard only English, the language of all of the guest speakers.
C4C discovered the value and necessity of using professionally trained interpreters for dual language programs. Interpreters work in pairs so they can alternate every 20-30 minutes to rest their brains. The interpreters on November 16th skillfully met the challenges of interpreting several speakers who spoke at different cadences and volumes. It's tough work for these language specialists, who charge $70-$80 per hour for their services.
"Fue muy bueno participar en esta Reunión. Muchas gracias por invitarnos y la traducción de Inglés a Español fue muy buena. Me gustaría participar a la siguiente vez. Muchas gracias." Roberto
"It was very good to participate in the meeting. Many thanks for inviting us and the translation from English to Spanish was very good. I would like to participate the next time." Roberto
These responses from the Latino participants are a reminder that the power to communicate with someone is through speaking their language.
C4C is committed to continuing its interaction with the Latino community. We are excited to offer the use of our special Zoom interpretation technology with non-profits and other organizations in Sisters that are striving to connect and engage English and Spanish speakers in learning opportunities and collaborative work. We will share what we’ve learned to make your bilingual conversations a success! The key to successful simultaneous interpretation is the professional native speaking interpreters who know and understand the unique challenges of interpreting on Zoom calls.
On Giving Tuesday C4C invites you to help us reach our $1,600 goal to establish an interpreter/translator fund. For $1600, C4C can provide 2 professional interpreters for 2 hours, for 5 community meetings or learning sessions.
Please make a donation through this Go Fund Me page or by sending a check to C4C, PO Box 2193, Sisters, OR 97759.
With our gratitude and appreciation ~ C4C