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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  November 19, 2008


Notes from Vegan Outreach

Matching Opportunity Needs You!

Every day, people are stepping up and donating towards Vegan Outreach's $54,500 end-of-year matching opportunity.

You can join them today!

As you can see below, 2008 has already been a record year of outreach for the animals. We need your help to grow these efforts!

Please join us in helping animals by making a secure, tax-deductible donation here, or send a check or money order to:

Vegan Outreach
P.O. Box 30865
Tucson, AZ 85751-0865

Note that the IRS has extended the IRA Charitable Rollover, which provides retirees a great way to further fund the efforts of Vegan Outreach's activists.



Smashing Pumpkins Records!

Earlier this month, Adopt a College activists set a new record for the most students reached in one semester.

As of Nov. 18, over 150 activists and groups have handed booklets to 582,160 students at 597 campuses during Fall term -- smashing Spring's record of 491,000!

This also brings AAC's 2008 total to 1,073,160 students reached!

Above, Vic Sjodin makes at new friend while taking a break from his amazing work -- he's handed 90,342 students a booklet already this semester!
At right, Brianne Donaldson informs several more students at the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, CA.

See the newly updated Leafleting Totals page for more details, including some amazing lifetime totals!

Thanks to everyone who has worked so hard and donated so generously to expand this powerful program. With your support, it will be even bigger next year!


Amazing Read of the Week!

Vegan Outreach's Fall 2008 Newsletter is now available for download (pdf). Contact us for your own copy / copies; you can also read previous issues here.


Going Out of Business Sale of the Week

Julie: One Stop Vegan Shop is going out of business, and offering 50% off everything with the discount code of "vegan."


Notes from All Over

Lightning Round


Notes from Our Members

Relatively low receptivity rate from the excited crowd at Obama's election night rally in Chicago, but I know the eight of us made a difference for many animals by leafleting there.
-Leslie Patterson, 11/4/08

Five of us leafleted the unbelievable Obama rally with Bruce Springsteen in Cleveland -- 80,000 people! Crowd was pretty receptive and the people in line had hours to wait, so there was lots of time for them to read the literature. Several people thanked us for being there and speaking up for the animals. Many said they had already gotten the info at their college, concert, etc.
-Jen Kaden, 11/2/08

Right, another student learns the truth from Leah Wagner at the University of Kansas; below, a University of Georgia student learns about modern agribusiness from JC Corcoran.

I just want to thank whoever placed one of your detailed, documented booklets in the Las Vegas Veggie Cafe in October. I stopped eating meat, and I purposely leave the booklet on my desk at work where my co-workers silently pass by, sometimes stopping to read or ask questions. The booklet has saved the life of countless animals, and my own. Thank you!
-MH, 11/12/08

At the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, a gentleman came up to me and told me that after receiving a brochure from me last semester, he had become vegetarian and was continually working to eradicate animal products from his diet. I gave him a Guide and he said, “Keep up the great work! These pamphlets really work -- it changed me.” Another young man approached me to say how effective the brochure was. He said that he felt like he could really do something positive with the information and work towards reducing his consumption of animal products. He told me that he thought it was great that the Even If You Like Meat didn't make him feel like the devil for being a meat-eater, but instead made him feel welcomed to the information and the idea of reducing consumption to prevent cruelty.
-Brian Grupe, 11/3/08

Georgia State University was swarming with vegetarians and vegans interested in our booklets. Shortly after we began leafleting, one guy came up to say that he loves Vegan Outreach, that we are his favorite organization. He said, "You don't scream at people. You just get out and quietly and respectfully do your thing."
-Jon Camp, 11/3/08

It's interesting how sometimes the people you least expect to be interested are the ones to approach the table. A chef who works in the student union came over, picked up some info and said, "Oh this is so sad, people need to know this stuff." He left with a Guide and other materials.
-Barbara Bear, 11/8/08

I met several vegetarians and a few vegans at Irvine Valley College, including two professors. A young woman said, "Thank you for doing this. I'm going to try and start cutting back." A student on his bike zipped by and grabbed a leaflet; I saw him reading it as he rode by a few minutes later. Another fellow said, "This is unbelievable. I had no idea." And yet another, "That was one of the most disgusting things I have ever seen." "Yes," I agreed, "It certainly is."
-Brianne Donaldson, 11/3/08

Thanks for the booklets, which I'll start distributing. Why Vegan planted the seed in me seven years ago -- so I'm living proof that it is effective.
-AT, 10/29/08

I hadn't been to LaSalle University in two years or so, but I definitely noticed more people telling me they were vegan or vegetarian than in previous visits -- a good sign of the times!
-Nick Cooney, 11/5/08

At Consumnes River College, many students came up and had lots of good questions. I gave an older lady a Even If. After she opened it, she told me she was going to do her best to give up meat. I also sparked debates between several students who were able to convince other students around to take part in the debate and take lit from me.
-Eric Paul, 11/4/08

At one point at the University of Denver, a student driving by spotted my Vegan Outreach t-shirt and pulled off to the side of the road:"Sir, sir! I was just thinking about this issue! Can I have a pamphlet?"
-Rob Gilbride, 11/3/08

Wearing her Vegan Outreach shirt, Syba accepts a hug from a Montana State University student recently leafleted by Rob.

At the University of South Dakota, one woman passing by again said, "I read that and I cried." Another said she went vegetarian when she got the Even If four years ago.
-Fred Tyler, 11/7/08

Schools from all over the Houston region sent large numbers of students to the Turkish festival as a field trip. I have never before received so many requests for Guides in one day. Lots and lots of kids insisted that they needed one.
-Eugene Khutoryansky, 11/1/08

At Camosun College, a surprising number of students wanted to engage in conversation, with questions about what I eat, relative expense, etc. I do enjoy this, as our discussion gives them a meaningful interaction that I expect will lead to much more thinking later.
-John Bowers, 10/28/08


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All donations are tax-deductible.

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