|Enewsletter • June 8, 2005|
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Notes from Vegan Outreach
Free the Donation!
Since June 1, Vegan Outreach has received $790 towards the conditional donation of $5,000. We cannot cash the check until we raise an equivalent amount from you. So, please give whatever you can today, and your donation will mean twice as much to the animals! (Please mark donations "conditional grant.")
Note: Vegan Outreach has been awarded the "Best In America" seal by the Independent Charities of America and the National Council of Nonprofit Associations -- one of 1500 so designated, out of more than 50,000 that participate in the Combined Federal Campaign.
Activist Profile: Suzanne Haws
Throughout the summer, Vegan Outreach will profile some of the top leafleters from our Adopt A College campaign. This week, we profile Suzanne Haws, who handed out 6,682 Vegan Outreach booklets throughout the 2004-2005 school season. Here are some excerpts:
What made you decide to start leafleting? and: If you were nervous the first time, how did you get over it?
I started leafleting after meeting Joe Espinosa at AR2004. He suggested that, rather than hoping that other people would start leafleting with me, I should just get started by myself. While I didn't particularly like the idea of doing leafleting all by my lonesome, his suggestion just made sense.
The first time I went out to leaflet, though, I began to doubt his wisdom. I was so nervous; I guess I thought it would be scary or hard or someone would yell at me. But after about five minutes of leafleting, I was laughing at myself. It was one of the easiest things I'd done all week! I'd also already bribed myself with the promise of lunch at my favorite restaurant later--that didn't exactly hurt my motivation.
Why do you leaflet colleges?
There are two main reasons I leaflet colleges. First, there is nearly always a large volume of pedestrian traffic on college campuses, so colleges tend to be an excellent venue to get our materials into the hands of individuals.
Secondly, college students tend to be more open to change and new information than the general public. So on college campuses you not only have lots of pedestrians wandering around, but those pedestrians are a great target audience for our message. What could be better?
What was your most positive college leafleting experience this year and why?
About three people over the course of the year have told me that they've gone vegetarian after receiving a booklet from me. That's very encouraging because I'm sure that there are many other people who've also decided to eliminate their meat consumption but who haven't had the opportunity to let me know!
Product of the Week
Angela Lassiter writes: "I'd like to nominate Follow Your Heart's Vegan Gourmet 'Mozzarella-Style' Cheese Alternative. IT MELTS, and it takes so much like the real thing, I can't believe it's vegan!"
Send your nominees for Product of the Week to firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes from All Over
Compassionate Action for Animals
in Minnesota -- a leading regional
group and key Adopt a College partner
-- is hiring a Campaign Coordinator.
here for details.