Volunteer English Program Mission

The Volunteer English Program (VEP) enhances the economic and social quality of life for immigrant families, community members, consumers, employers and employees in Chester County by providing tutoring for adults to improve their English language skills, their American cultural understanding, and their participation in the communities we share.


Are you interested in learning more about what it takes to be a VEP tutor? If so, please join us for the upcoming Tutor Information Session to be held on Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 7-8 pm at the Burke Room in the Chester County Library and District Center, Exton Parkway, Exton PA. Participants can register on line through the library system (www.ccls.org). The information session is FREE and open to all 18 and older.


Join us! Volunteer English Program and West Chester Area School District (WCASD) ELL Teachers invite you to a free workshop to learn about Parent-Teacher Conferences. Information will include:

  • How to schedule time with a teacher
  • How to prepare questions for a teacher
  • How to get involved with your children's school


WHEN: January 15, 2015 - Register for one of two sessions:

Session 1: 4PM-5PM or Session 2: 6PM-7PM

WHERE: Spellman Administration Building 829 Paoli Pike, West Chester, PA 19380. Near the Acme/KMart (West Goshen Shopping Center)

Tutors: Please share this information with your VEP adult learner. Encourage them as WCASD parents to come and meet the ELL teachers and prepare for the upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences. Tutors are also welcome to attend.

Our Students are adult immigrants and refugees from 40 nations around the globe.  They are brave people who want to learn English in order to care for their families, improve their employment, further their education, contribute to their community, and even become citizens.  The students span a range of ability from advanced to beginning literacy.  Currently, we serve almost 200 students, with many others waiting for a tutor.


Our Volunteer Tutors are amazing  volunteers from varied backgrounds who spend 3 hours per week helping an individual in their community.  After going through our training, they meet with a student twice per week for at least one year.  While some are teachers, most are not.  Business people in all fields, retirees, and homemakers, all successfully lead students to achieve English proficiency, citizenship, employment, and belonging.

The menu bar above will guide you to becoming a student, a tutor, or a supporter of the Volunteer English Program.