|Enewsletter • February 27, 2013|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
No Concession to Weather: Adopt a College Powers Ahead!
Even with a steady string of winter storms sweeping across the country, Adopt a College activists have been on fire for the animals.
Regardless of the weather, these dedicated individuals are exposing the animals’ plight – reaching thousands and thousands of new individuals every school day! So far this semester, 134 leafleters have handed a booklet to 316,167 students at 357 schools!
Congratulations and thank you to all the activists and donors who are changing lives – and changing the world – every day!
From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs
Product of the Week
Jessica: “WayFare pudding comes in chocolate, butterscotch, and vanilla. I discovered this vegan, non-GMO pudding at my local Whole Foods store. It’s tasty and I don’t feel guilty eating it as it contains ingredients such as millet, lima beans, rice, oat bran, and oats. Yum! They also recently came out with ‘Pig Out’ – vegan, whole-grain bacony bits.”
Notes from Our Members
set two new records because I
had my secret weapon with me today: Gwen [right], one
of the cutest vegan 6-year-olds ever! At Housatonic
Community College, we met a bunch of vegetarians.
Two students exchanged emails to start a group
on campus next semester. Two different students
came back to ask for more booklets to give to
friends and colleagues.
great day at Montgomery College.
A number of vegetarians, and I got the contact
info for two interested in joining me for outreach
in the DC region. The highlight of the day was
meeting Maggie, who let me know that getting
a VO booklet in Boston in 2007 gave her the
push needed to go vegan.
day at Cal State, San Marcos!
All day when I offered a booklet, I heard “OOOooh!”
“AAAaaah!” and “I love animals!”
I met a number of happy vegans and vegetarians
who gave props to outreach.
Phenomenal day at Art Institute
of Pittsburgh, Point Park University, and Duquesne
University! At AIP, folks queue for 5 to 10 minutes
during class changes waiting for elevators.
Thus most got booklets and then had to stand
and wait. I was pumped to see so many engrossed
in reading [above] and discussing with friends. One
woman [above, far right] said she didn’t think she could ever eat
meat again; she got a Guide. Another
woman [right] wants to go vegan and help leaflet in the future.
– an 82-year-old vegan who looks much younger [below] – continues to inspire me with
her energy and activism for animals. At the
farmers’ market, we met many more vegans than
normal, and had good, productive conversations.
One guy refused the booklet at first, saying,
“I don’t have any pets.” I told him
it was about the animals people eat and then
he readily accepted it. Another guy handed the
leaflet back saying, “I’m a meat-cutter.”
I said he could still look over the material.
He smiled genuinely and kept it after all, telling
me that a coworker is vegan.
and Mikael joined me at The Story
Tour Concert, where we reached over 700 Christians
with Would Jesus Eat Meat Today? We met nine
vegetarians, and gave a Guide to eight
– the ninth already had one!
and I reached 450 students at
UNLV and met a number of vegetarians. Had a
good “meat reduction” conversation
with one woman. Met one professor who said he
incorporates animal issues into his English
course. He said he even shows Earthlings
to his students! Wow, things have changed!
The students at Cal State, Monterey Bay were really great yesterday! I met a faculty member who came and found me and told me how thrilled she was that I was spreading this message around campus. My pal Alijah made her college-leafleting debut between classes; then she and her roommate drove to Monterey High School later to help [right]. Both plan on doing some more leafleting before the year is up – yay!
48 at Scarborough High School.
One student said his job is selling meat. I
said this pamphlet is important information
about the industry. He kept it. A student who
said he hunts also kept a pamphlet.
great to hit the University of Arizona with
John [above]! We reached over 3,400 Wildcats; and Haybe,
whom John had met at Arizona State before, also
stopped to help. John met one woman who had
gotten a booklet from me earlier in the semester
and is now going vegan!
day at Utah State – another 2,300+
students reached. Had several high points during
the day. For example: leafleted Maria [above], Guided
her, then she came back a few minutes later
and offered to help. She was awesome.
Despite it being
a slow Friday right before break, had good interactions
at CU Boulder. Two students wanted to get involved.
Had a great ongoing conversation throughout
the day with a guy named Bill [right]. After I had handed
him a booklet early in the day, he told me he
thought it was great and was considering going
75–80% vegetarian. So I handed him a Guide.
An hour or two later he came back over and told
me, “Wow, I read that and I’m now convinced
to go 100%!” Tony read through the booklet
and seemed impacted, but didn’t see how “a
few students in Boulder” could make a difference.
As we talked, he seemed to become more convinced
and was really impressed with the amount of
vegan food there is on the market. Good times!
The outreach at New Mexico State was some of the best of the semester. Nearly every student accepted a booklet (I’d say a 95% take-rate, the highest of any public school I’ve ever been to) and the reception was top-notch. One dude told me, “That changed what I ate for lunch today.” A student told me that she was vegetarian before but got sick; now wants to go back. I gave her a Guide, pointed out the health tips in it, and wrote down the link to VeganHealth.org. One student told me he read it and that it made him sad and feeling guilty while another football player-looking guy gave me a sincere “thank you for that flier” after he had read it. Perhaps the highlight: Two students walked up to me and the guy said, “Know that what you’re doing is making an impact.” He then shook my hand. I asked if he was veg and he replied, “No, but soon I will be. Thank you!”
At the University
of Texas at El Paso, the first 52 students in
a row accepted a booklet. I heard lots of oohs
and awwws from many an enthusiastic
bunch. So many people told me how sad it was.
A big dude that probably played on the football
team told me it made him cry. Met an exchange
student from Africa who said, “This is
very important!” after I handed him a booklet.
We talked for a few minutes; he said “pain
is real.” One student, Melanie, came up
to me and said, “It got me.” She explained
how she read it in class and it made her decide
to be vegetarian now. Snapped a pic [above] after giving
her a Guide!