Originally, the Language Bank was a tool of the hospitality industry when it was first conceived by the Office of Public Information in conjunction with the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau (known as the Tourism Council at the time) back in 1987. With the number of visitors from foreign lands who choose to visit Maryland's beautiful Capital City, it was felt the Language Bank could provide the means to extend a warm, welcome feeling...especially to those who might have some difficulty communicating in English.
Since then, we have found the Language Bank to be not only a hospitality tool, but a community resource as well. Over the years, Language Bank volunteers (and they are ALL volunteers) have been called upon by Public Safety officials, health organizations, hospitals, the Red Cross, the State of Maryland, Anne Arundel County, the City of Annapolis, and a host of other groups and organizations.
In updating the Language Bank listing which follows, we have contacted as many of the previous volunteers as possible in order to make sure their listing was both accurate and still desired. We also issued a call for volunteers through the mass media and were pleased with the response.
If you or someone you know has a second language capability and is not currently listed as a Language Bank volunteer, we would urge a telephone call to the Office of Public Information, City of Annapolis, 410-263-1183 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Our mailing address is: Office of Public Information, City of Annapolis, 160 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.
The Language Bank is arranged by language in alphabetical order; the volunteers are listed under their language, also in alphabetical order. Availability and skills vary widely depending upon the particular situation of any given volunteer, so we urge you to explain your circumstances when contacting those on the listing to be sure the best possible match is made.