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Support Our Charity


    Annual Charity:

    Each program year, Chester County Human Resources Assn. chooses a non-profit organization to support.
    For the 2018-19 Program Year, CCHRA is supporting: Volunteer English Program in Chester County

    At a time when the nationwide focus on immigration issues has created great uncertainty and a sense of urgency for non-native English speakers to learn the language and culture, the Volunteer English Program (VEP) remains a constant, underlying source of support to the business community through the advanced economic and personal gains made by adults living and/or working in Chester County. There are 58 languages spoken in Chester County.

    The program provides a free, individualized, non-classroom approach to adult language learning made available through volunteer tutors teaching 12 hours per month, seven days a week, morning-to-evening schedule at convenient locations.

    The highest concentration of active students live in West Chester (26%) followed by Coatesville (18%) and Phoenixville (15%). To meet demand in the western and northern regions, VEP mobilizes core services through an outreach model. A growing number of students live along the Rt. 202, Rt. 3 and, Rt. 30 corridors, from Exton to the Main Line, from West Chester to Phoenixville and points south

    This past year VEP paired and mentored 123 new students (adults 18 – 80) with volunteer tutors, resulting in a total of 600 individuals working together for over 10,000 hours of language instruction. VEP learners become multi-lingual, English proficient members of the Chester County and regional community and help create a diverse, valuable and talented labor force.  Many students and tutors are from local companies and organizations.

    After 32 years as an independent 501 (c)(3) organization, VEP remains the only non-profit organization in the County that is exclusively dedicated to the mission of providing one-to-one English language for non-native immigrants and refugees who live and/or work in the Chester County area. VEP is governed by an 11 member, volunteer Board of Director, and a 12 person Advisory Council. The program is led by its Executive Director, Terri Potrako.

    Members of CCHRA will have the opportunity to make donations to the charity of the year or become volunteers.  A presentation will be made at the September 28, 2018 breakfast meeting.

    For more information visit or call 610-918-8222.


    SHRM Foundation:


    Did you know that CCHRA was  designated as a SHRM Foundation Champion from 2014 to the present?

    Now more than ever, HR impacts the success of the workplace. And, for more than 45 years, the SHRM Foundation has studied the workplace and supported HR professionals.

    Donations to the SHRM Foundation deliver scholarships, produce workplace resources, further HR research, and advance thought leadership.

    Make your impact on the future of HR by donating to the SHRM Foundation!  (If you include CCHRA as your chapter, your donation is credited as part of the chapter's and will help us to win this award again!)

    Learn more at​   

    Other ways to support the Foundation:


    • Wings For Success

    • United Way of Chester County's Financial Stability Center (2016-17)

    • The ARC of Chester County (2015-2016)

    • Coatesville Youth Initiative (2014-2015)

    • Chester County Occupational Industrilization Center (2013-2014)

    • Handicrafters (2012-2013)

    • Safe Harbor of Chester County, Inc. (2011-2012)

    • SPCA of Chester County

    • CVIM (Community Volunteers in Medicine)