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.
An Evening to Help VEP Bloom
Susan Heist (center), is the 2015 Betsy Hawkes Memorial Award recipient, given in appreciation for her dedicated service as a tutor, volunteer and board member. Also pictured, RobertHawkes (left), and Fred Crotchfelt (right), event co-chair, and VEP board member.
The Community Partner Award will be presented to Jason Alexander and Meghan McVety (pictured center) from Capacity for Change. The award recognizes the valuable contribution that local organizations play in the success of VEP. "This is what we do - work with organizations in the public interest. To be recognized for it is just a super honor, especially coming from an organization we just love," McVety said. Also pictured, event co-chair and VEP board member Fred Crotchfelt (left) and VEP Board President Shirley Warren.
Olena and Yuriy Grebenyuk, VEP Student Speakers
Announcing the 2015 "Fall in Philly Weekend Getaway" raffle winner, Sherrell Nelms
On Thursday, April 9, the Volunteer English Program in Chester County (VEP) hosted its 9th annua Help VEP Bloom fundraiser at Downingtown Country Club in Downingtown, PA. This popular fundraising event featured a raffle, buffet dinner, VEP student guest speakers from Ukraine, and the opportunity to meet VEP student ambassadors and tutors.
During the evening, VEP's executive director Terri Potrako formally announced the 2015 Betsy Hawkes Memorial Award recipient, Mrs. Sue Heist. The award is given in appreciation for Mrs. Heist's dedicated service as a tutor, volunteer and board member. VEP Board President Shirley Warren presented the Community Partner Award to Jason Alexander and Meghan McVety from Capacity for Change. The award recognizes the valuable contribution that local organizations play in the success of VEP.
Among the highlights of the evening were the poignant speeches by VEP students Olena and Yuriy Grebenyuk. The Grebenyuks came to the United States in 2014 from war torn Donetsk, Ukraine. They shared a photo montage of many of their experiences in Ukraine, and spoke of their journey to the United States that led them to West Chester, where their son Bogdan attends West Chester University and is a member of the swim team. After their speeches, Yuriy and Olena were awarded distinguished service citations from Senator Andy Dinniman and Chester County Commissioners Terence Farrell and Kathi Cozzone.If you would like to read any of the speeches from Help VEP Bloom, please click on News