Before You Begin, Ask Yourself:


1) How long is my event?

          Events longer than 30 minutes will typically require a team of 2 interpreters, depending on the situation. Interpreting is both physically and mentally exhausting, so to keep the message clear and our interpreters healthy and safe, we primarily will schedule teams of 2 or more.


2) What can I / my organization afford?

          Standard rates for interpreters can range from $30 to $60 per hour, per interpreter depending on the job type. If this is not within your organization's financial means, our interpreters are always willing to negotiate rates. All of our interpreters also proudly offer pro bono services when appropriate. Our interpreters are committed to providing accessibility at a rate that is most empowering and appropriate for everyone. 


Accessibility ALWAYS comes first.

**Please be sure consider accessibility when building budgets and securing funding. This helps promote interpreting as a respected career and also makes it easier to secure services when needed!**

3) What do I need to provide?

          When requesting an interpreter, the more info you provide will make it easier for us to begin the request process. When possible, providing prep materials such as speeches, PowerPoint Presentations, song lyrics, schedules, speaker names, etc. will help our interpreters successfully convey the message. 


The role of an interpreter is to judiciously and neutrally facilitate the unedited communication between Deaf and Hearing individuals as clearly as possible while respecting the original intent, cultural dynamics, linguistic nuances, and confidentiality of all parties.





Fingers Crossed works as a catch-all of resources, working as one piece of the bridge between the Deaf and Hearing communities. Interpreters are requested, coordinated, and confirmed through our service, but interpreters will bill and contract directly. The goal is to empower the self-sustained business of interpreting through connection and network building and allows interpreters to be in charge of their own career.

How To Request An Interpreter:



Stupid Bitch Club - Drag Show
Every 2nd Tuesday
9:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Local Lounge
3536 NW MLK Blvd, Portland, OR 97112
"Femmes Of..." Music
Educational Drag Show
Every Other 2nd Tuesday
9:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Local Lounge
3536 NW MLK Blvd, Portland, OR 97112
MayFly PDX - Trivia Thursdays
Every Thursday
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
MayFly PDX
350 N Fenwick Ave, Portland, OR 97217
December: 5, 12, 19, 26
Katya Presents:
Recovery at The Red
Every 1st and 3rd Sunday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Radisson Red Downtown - Portland
1455 SW Broadway St, Portland, OR 97201

Page Image Background Description - Blue tinted picture of performer and Interpreter at ICE Building in Portland, OR. The interpreter is pictured from below with hands in the air, tarps behind them, and a building in the background behind the performer who is singing into a microphone and wearing a low hat.

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