|Enewsletter • January 7, 2009|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
YOU ARE THE BEST!!
Our greatest thanks go out to the hundreds and hundreds of donors who stepped up to help Vegan Outreach exceed our End-of-Year Matching Goal! The economy is not the best, but you are! You showed your commitment to going beyond the familiar and high-profile, and donated to help the unseen chickens, pigs, turkeys, and other animals who are still used by society as "food."
Because of your generous donations, hundreds of thousands of individuals will receive VO's detailed and documented booklets, revealing the hidden, horrible reality and laying out an honest case for vegetarianism. If, instead of a moderately less cruel system, we want to have a fundamentally better world, there must be many, many more vegetarians.
Your dollars will bring this about -- through the incredible efforts of the Adopt a College leafleters. The hard work of 154 volunteers, 46 groups & our paid leafleters made the fall semester a record-smashing term for the animals, with 657,850 students receiving a VO booklet at 684 schools. Our top "staff" leafleters -- Vic, Jon, Brian, Brianne, Eileen, Eric, Fred, and Rob -- reached a total of more than 341,000 students. The top five volunteers each handed booklets to more than 10,000 students, with the top 33 in four-figures -- rounded out by 12-year-old Stephanie Solomon at an even 1,000. The top ten volunteers:
See the full list here.
It may seem like a cliché, but it is true: in 2009, we will continue to make a real difference for the animals every day!
You Can Help in 2009!
Jon has found housing for most of his tour, but still needs a place to stay in or near Valdosta, Albany, Columbus, Macon, Augusta, and Gainesville, GA; Tallahassee, FL; Lynchburg and Harrisonburg, VA; Greenville, SC; and anywhere along the northern border of NY, between Potsdam and Buffalo.
If you'd like to house this courteous young man, leaflet with him, or have him speak to your group, please email jon (at) veganoutreach (dot) org. Thanks so much!
Nutrient & Talk of the Month
Vegan Outreach President and Registered Dietitian Jack Norris has updated his Omega-3 essential fatty acid recommendations -- check it out!
Jack will also be in the Los Angeles area later this month; on Monday, January 19th, he will be giving the talk: "Does Veganism Spread Itself? A History of the Vegan Movement in the United States: What's been tried, what's worked, where we should go from here." Details here.
Notes from All Over
Notes from Our Members
only been involved
with VO for the last few months
but I already feel so lucky/ blessed/
excited to be a part of this all.
I'm a believer now. I've heard so
many stories on [the Adopt A College]
board and from people while I'm
leafleting that I know these booklets
are making a huge, positive difference
in the world.
Thank you for caring
so very much for the
animals. The work you do is so important
in helping to open the eyes and
hearts of those who are unaware
of (or just don't want to think
about) the unimaginable suffering
the animals raised for our consumption
must endure. Please keep up the
Michigan Ave, I used
the line "Help end suffering"
or "Help end cruelty,"
and had good results. A highlight
-- a nice young guy told me that
he is vegetarian but after talking
to me he is going back to being
vegan. A woman in a fur coat came
up and said she is vegetarian but
got the fur before she went veg.
She said she wants to sell her furs
and give the money [to charity].
I told her that Vegan Outreach could
use the money and that they would
use it to produce the booklets we
hand out. She said she'd give the
$ to VO. Another great outing for
the growing Chicago team, and we
look forward to a New Year filled
with spreading a message of compassion
and peace to our fellow humans.
I just finished reading
the updated A
Meaningful Life -- what a powerful
article. I put it in my "favorites"
so I can read it often. Things like
that keep me focused and in tune
with the animals and why we continue
to fight for them.
Here is a donation
to your work. I had
been curious about vegetarianism,
and I recently decided to go vegan
thanks to your literature.