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Robert W. Hawkes Memorial Appeal

Robert W. Hawkes

Adults around the world share common goals. They seek freedom from political and economic strife. They strive to provide a better life for their children and their children’s children. They want to enrich their communities through music, food, art, and industry.

Many of us appreciate the gift of having been born and raised in the United States. Too often, we take for granted the ability to speak English that enables us to understand and navigate the various networks required to take full advantage of educational, health care, business, or day-to-day living opportunities.

For adults who speak Farsi, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, or one of the over 58 languages spoken in Chester County, life is difficult and inclusion in our local communities is often out of reach...until they meet a VEP tutor and begin instruction.

For 33 years, the Volunteer English Program (VEP) has offered this vital link to success to adults whose native language is not English. Our method – free, one-to-one tutoring, through the generous contribution of time by community engaged volunteers – has proven successful for thousands of adult learners, and VEP is on the forefront, serving thousands more with your investment of time and money.

Today, our waiting list is at an all-time high with nearly 200 students in need of a tutor, some waiting as long as one year.

Recruiting, training, matching, and supporting tutors and their students is labor intensive and a call to action at a time in our county’s and nation’s history that demands our attention. Our shared response will continue to define Chester County as a welcoming, compassionate community both now and in the future.

Your gift to the VEP Annual Fund continues Bob Hawkes' commitment towards changing lives of our immigrant friends and neighbors. Thank you. 

Giving the Gift of the English Language Changes Lives!

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