MCS opens doors to civic engagement for DC-area residents with limited English proficiency, ensuring that, regardless of native language or cultural background, they can participate fully in the daily life of their communities. With interpretation and translation services in over 30 languages, from Amharic to Serbian to Urdu, it serves over 6,000 people annually. Through partnerships with nonprofits, government agencies, and businesses across the region, MCS provides everything from help for a Spanish-speaking father at a parent-teacher conference, to facilitation of a large-scale community event requiring simultaneous translation and interpretation in multiple languages. For bilingual residents, a 70-hour Community Interpreter Training equips participants with the skills to pursue careers in language services, at once strengthening DCís workforce and increasing language access. A founding member of the DC Language Access Coalition, MCS bridges cultures and communities, giving voice to the voiceless.

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Each year 120 expert reviewers evaluate applicants for distinction, merit, and impact. Each featured charity has been successfully site visited and its financials given the thumbs up. The Catalogue for Philanthropy charges no fees and raises funds separately to support its work. Since 2003, it has raised over $40 million for charities across the Greater Washington region.

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