|Enewsletter • May 4, 2011|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Students, Leaflets, the Animals, and You!
Wow! Adopt a College activists have been on a roll!
Just look at these results – already this semester, dedicated activists have handed detailed booklets directly to 613,726 students at 716 schools!
This already surpasses last spring’s total, and is closing in on the all-time semester record!
Every single day, activists head to campuses across the continent to let more students know the truth about the hidden cruelty inherent in modern agribusiness, as well as the steps they can take to live true to their values.
Every single booklet, every single student reached, every single new vegetarian – these exist only because of the generosity of thoughtful donors dedicated to having the greatest impact possible.
Here are 55+ of these individuals – Team Vegan 2011!
too, can be
a part of this
Sign up, complete a profile, and get a donation (of $10 or more) by Friday the 13th (!), and a generous donor will contribute $125 towards your fundraising goal – money that will then be doubled!
Please – join up today and be a part of this amazing team!
Your donation will be doubled, dollar for dollar!
TY to Hotel Vegan Outreach!
Thanks so much to everyone across the continent who opened their homes to our traveling activists this semester! Instead of paying for hotels, Vegan Outreach can use more resources to print more booklets and reach more new people!
Team Vegan member Jon Camp, who has the most “Hotel Vegan Outreach” frequent-stay points, sent this report April 29:
If you’d like to be a future link in the Hotel Vegan Outreach chain, please contact info (at) veganoutreach (dot) org.
From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs
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Notes from Our Members
am someone’s Vegan Outreach success story! I
was walking on campus at UCD, and someone from
VO handed me a pamphlet. One look at those pictures,
and I was done with meat. I talked to my boyfriend
about it, and we decided to give being vegetarian
a try – we haven’t looked back since!
Cinco de Mayo Parade was great
leafleting with ¿Por
qué vegetariano? I was delighted
to be joined by Yolibeth, a terrific budding
activist although still in high school! Yolibeth
and I spent two hours at the parade, walking
down the sidewalks to reach more people. We
focused on high school and college age, and
this audience is largely in the dark about the
whys and hows of veganism. It’s important
to plant seeds especially with the youth –
this is a fast-growing population whose low
average income and large families tend to fuel
demand for cheap, factory-farmed animal products.
Unless they get educated, that is, which is
why we continue to work this demographic.
a great day of outreach –
Camilla and I reached over 1,000 students at
Sacramento City College! I met three vegans
and quite a few vegetarians. Camilla and I both
had awesome conversations with plenty of inquisitive
people. One woman started to cry while flipping
through the booklet. We talked for a while and
I gave her some resources, including a Guide.
Brown Suga Youth Festival was
an amazing day of outreach – one of the
best I have ever been part of. My three youngster
friends – Reece, Ali, and Sydney –
blew my socks off with how well they interacted
with the crowd; I was able to speak to four
candidates for mayor. We made sure every member
of the largely African-American audience that
came by was offered a booklet and vegan samples.
students at Harper College were
very receptive, and it felt truly wonderful to
get back into outreach! I had a lot of great
conversations with students. Many signed up
to receive further info and also noted that
they would like to get involved with volunteering.
A student involved with the school’s newspaper
asked me a few questions about factory farming
and said they were considering doing an article.
Vegan members Sean
& Queenie joined me, and
we had great reception at the Hillsong United
Concert, one of the best Christian
events we’ve ever done. Very high acceptance,
with most responding sincerely that they’d read
the brochure; some people even came back to
get one. We also overheard people starting to
day at Fordham University! A number
of teachers took a booklet, and many students
stopped to say, “I’m with you on this.”
A student from an environmental group invited
me to participate in a forum on campus, so we
exchanged contact info – I’m looking forward
woman I met at Vanderbilt let
me know that at parties she hosts, she puts
out VO lit. She had them in her bathroom for
one such party. One of her friends went in,
did what needed to be done, read a booklet,
and came out a vegetarian.
notable conversation I had was
with a woman who at first was reluctant
to take a leaflet and asked where are the organizations
for helping humans. I told her there are many
of them, but that our focus was on farmed animals,
because unlike people, they cannot speak up
for themselves. After we talked a bit more,
she seemed to change her mind and took two leaflets,
one to show her friend, and said she will read
more about the issue.
1,374 students at Grossmont and
Cuyamaca colleges, with great conversations.
One couple came back to me, reading their booklets,
and the woman said she didn’t want to eat meat
anymore. I congratulated her enthusiastically
and gave them both Guides. They listened
intensely as I answered their questions.
From the latest batch of Guide requests:
I heard about Vegan
Earth Day in San Diego! I can’t believe what
I saw… I’m disgusted and totally angry and
sad! I can’t believe what we are doing to animals
for our own benefit! I will not support these
institutions any longer!
I got a Compassionate
at my community college. Reading about the atrocities
that innocent animals must endure in order for
humans to consume them is repulsive. In high
school I was a vegetarian for two years, however
I didn’t make health-conscious choices. Now
I am more informed and ready to make a life-long
commitment to a meat/dairy-free diet.
I heard about Vegan Outreach
several years ago and receive your newsletter
online; however until just recently I am ashamed
to say that I just ignored it. But that is all
about to change. I am outraged at the treatment
of animals. Thank you for making this information
A friend showed me a
Compassionate Choices. I read it and
was shocked at what I had been contributing
to. But no more! Once you know the truth, it
shall set you free.
in college and I was walking to
one of my classes where I saw someone handing
out the booklets. I love animals, but always
thought it was impossible not to eat meat. I
never knew there were so many options such as
bacon, veggie burgers, and even sausage that
they make for vegans. I really want to start
eating those foods because it is horrible and
heartbreaking what they are doing to animals.