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Request an Interpreter Emergency: How to get an Interpreter when VIRS is closed

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Community Fund Information

Yolande Henry Community Fund

What Is It?

The Community Fund is a special fund. It pays for interpreter(s) for private family and social events.

What Is It For?

Interpreting services for funerals, weddings, family reunions family parties and social events. (Example - parties with hearing friends or family).

Who Is It For?

People who live in Vermont.

Who Pays?

The Deaf person pays nothing. The money to pay for interpreters is from the Community Fund. The Vermont Interpreter Referral Service (VIRS) keeps the Community Fund money and pays the interpreters.

Who Do I Contact?

Call the Vermont Interpreter Referral Service. The toll-free number is 1-800-639-1519 V/TTY. The number in the Brattleboro area is 254-3920 V/TTY. If you have any questions, please call.
Email address is:

When You Call—Tell us your name, address and phone number.

OR Email Us—Tell us what is happening, (wedding, funeral, etc.)
Tell us the date and time of the event.
Tell us how many Deaf and hearing people will be there.
Tell us which interpreters you prefer.

Call VIRS as early as possible to give us time to find interpreters.

Interpreter at Wedding

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