“While it is clearly difficult to exist in a country where you don’t understand, read or speak the language that is being used by nearly everyone else, its clearly not impossible. Many people live this way for years, or even their entire lives, finding ways to survive. But those individuals who choose to undertake the long and difficult journey of learning English, clearly have the desire to function at a higher level in our society; and this is how we, as a people, move forward, economically and culturally.
The issue of immigration has been much in the news lately, in the political sphere. But politics isn’t the issue for me. The issue is the responsibility and genuine desire I feel to do good in my community. To make my community better and to do so in a meaningful way for another member of my community, regardless of other circumstances. Which is why VEP is such an important organization.
By providing assistance to members of the community by other members of that same community, VEP ensures that we all benefit, personally, economically and culturally. I am happy to give of my time to such an organization.”
Meredith Ann Cymbor
Wealth Advisor and recent VEP Tutor
Easttown Conversation Group Conversation and Small Group Tutoring Leadership
Jane Palestini at the West Chester Library
Pattie Littlewood at the Easttown Library
John Argenseanu at the Phoenixville Library
Jo Schmidt, Community Partner at the Central Presbyterian Church, Downingtown
Susan Jacques Pierson at the Tredyffrin Library.
Karen Smith, Community Partner at the Downingtown Library Group
and as of December 2019, VEP has added a 6th weekly offering by:
Arlene Stevenson, at the Central Presbyterian Church, Downingtown
Tutor Summit Table Hosts
Nora Ziegler •Nettie Wolf Silva •Susan Jacques Pierson • Marjorie Arias • Hannah Day • Judith Curtin • Phil Friedman . Keynote:Ellen Skilton.
Guests: Chester County Visitors Bureau, CC Human Services – Noemi Viveros, and People’s Light & Theater
Tutor Training Workshop Presenters
•Colleen Holmes • Carol Linsenmann • Christina vandePol
Voice Magazine Editorial Support
•Phil Friedman, Margaret Pearsall and the tutors of: Anton •Alberto •Blanca • Jingchun •Chaoyan • Ikuko •Maria •Tanya •Noemi • Sunciere • Premisa •Tatiana • Hede • Benbiao • Lester