County donates $7,500 to Volunteer English Program

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County Commissioner Terence Farrell; John Rafferty, VEP Board Member; VEP alumni and ambassador Janice Guenot; Commissioner Michelle Kichline; Dr. Margaret Pearsall, VEP Development Associate; VEP Board President Valerie Rozek; and VEP 2nd Vice President Fred Crotchfelt.

The Chester County Commissioners recently presented a check for $7,500 to representatives from the Chester County-based non-profit Volunteer English Program (VEP). The funds are part of the County’s annual appropriations to organizations and non-profits and will be used by VEP to help fund the organization’s volunteer tutor training program which supports English language and cultural instruction for new and long term residents.

The check was presented by County Commissioners Michelle Kichline and Terence Farrell at the Commissioners’ most recent Sunshine public meeting.  On behalf of VEP, Board Member and tutor Fred Crotchfelt thanked the Commissioners for the funds, noting that the 300 volunteer tutors and approximately 300 immigrant students that are currently registered with VEP truly appreciate the funding that sustains the program and “genuinely changes their lives for the better.”

For more than 32 years, VEP has helped thousands of Chester County’s most vulnerable newcomers learn English and achieve U.S. citizenship through community-based, non-classroom instruction that is available morning through evening, seven days a week. It is the only independent non-profit in the region that is dedicated to providing free, one-to-one tutoring in English language skills, cultural immersion and U. S. citizenship for immigrants and refugees who live and/or work in Chester County.  Students working with VEP represent more than 50 different countries.

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