The Power of the Program

Every day, people who are desperate for help learning English come to us looking tired from working two jobs and caring for their families.  They are so hopeful that we can help them learn the English they need to schedule a doctor’s appointment, talk to their child’s teacher, understand their phone bill, fill out a job application, and speak to their American neighbors and co-workers.  With help from a Volunteer English Program tutor, they achieve these goals and more.

VEP has more than 25 years of successful experience teaching English to adult immigrants and refugees in our community.  We serve over 200 adults from more than 40 countries.  Our program has earned numerous awards and commendations for successfully serving thousands of people who can now participate in and give back to the communities we share.  But nothing illustrates the power of our program more than the students themselves.

In the coming weeks, we will post students’ letters which tell of their transformation thanks to our one-to-one tutoring model.  Please watch for each student testimonial, telling about the impact of the Volunteer English Program.

In the face of decreasing and disappearing funding for the the work of non-profits, VEP is in the midst of our annual fundraising appeal.  Our waiting list frequently climbs to more than 60 people.  We need funds to recruit and train tutors, intake and assess students, purchase textbooks and materials, match tutors and students, and coach pairs throughout the time they work together.  If you would like to make a donation, please click here or visit our website at It is our donors’ generosity which truly sustains the power of our program.  Thank you!


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