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.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Our office will be closed from Thursday, May 16, to Monday, May 20, while it is being painted and carpeted. Our phone should be operational, but there may be a delay in our returning messages. Please excuse this temporary inconvenience. The best method of contacting us during these days is by email (see staff page). Thank you.
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.