The award which was established just two years ago recognizes an organization or partner that has demonstrated outstanding support and commitment to the VEP mission.
To mark VEP’s 30th Anniversary the 2016 Community Partner Award will be presented to Pastor Daniel Krewson and the congregation of the Calvary Lutheran Church in West Chester.
In 1986, while investigating the need for a literacy program for the homeless, members of the Calvary Lutheran Church in West Chester discovered a growing need for the teaching of English as a foreign language to adult immigrants in Chester County. Led by Mrs. June Hamilton, a Chester County resident and teacher, a small band of volunteers organized and administered a tutoring program in the basement of the church. This effort quickly became known as the Volunteer English Program (VEP). After 30 years of continuous service as an independent 501.c.3 organization, the Volunteer English Program remains the only non-profit organization in the county that is exclusively dedicated to the mission of providing free, one-to-one English language, cultural immersion and citizenship tutoring for immigrants and refugees who live or work anywhere in Chester County.
We recognize with humble gratitude Calvary Lutheran Church for their vision, community outreach and spiritual influence in all of our lives. The Church provides free space every year for tutor training workshops. On a weekly basis, private office space is made available for tutor and student instruction. At a moment’s notice, doors are open to the board of directors and various committees to ensure that the work of VEP may be carried out. We are most grateful for the innumerable volunteer tutors who are inspired to serve students and for those who provide financial stewardship to the program.
The depth of commitment that this congregation has made to serving immigrants and refugees in their quest for English language and American cultural skills is unparalleled. The Volunteer English Program exists because of the vision, compassion, and generosity on the part of the Calvary Lutheran Church.