|Enewsletter • June 5, 2013|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Amazing! New Spring Record!
Adopt a College activists have now handed booklets to a spring record 905,056 students at an incredible 956 schools during spring semester!
A special shout-out to John Oberg, who, in the past 12 months, has handed a VO booklet directly to more than 250,000 young people!
Thank you so much to everyone whose incredible hard work made this record possible!
We know our efforts together are not the “sexiest” or the most immediately rewarding. But you and fellow thoughtful, dedicated individuals have chosen to be a part of it because it has the greatest long-term payoff for the animals.
And you know that, like you, we’re always looking to have the absolute biggest impact per hour spent and dollar donated.
This new record is a testament to the incredible efforts of our amazing leafleters, but also to all the donors who contributed to 2012’s end-of-year fundraising. Your contributions are what printed and shipped the 905,056 booklets that have made their way into the hands of students all across the country.
Thank you so much to everyone who has been a part of this amazing accomplishment.
905,056 isn’t something Vegan Outreach has done – it’s literally the work of all of us, leafleters and donors!
And thanks to everyone who has joined and / or given to Team Vegan! Your dollars today will reach more students tomorrow, creating the fundamental change we all want!
Notes from Our Members
A record day at Elon University;
good reception for a Friday. Highlight
was when a woman came back to me and said that
she read the booklet I had given her earlier
and is now a vegetarian.
A great day at Marshall University!
Good conversations, including with Emily [right], who
has been veg since getting a booklet from me
during my stop at Marshall in the fall. Oh yeah!
afternoon at Oregon State. Highlight
of the day was talking to a guy who went vegetarian
as a result of a VO booklet he got two years
ago. Had a great conversation with him and he
got a Guide. When I was back, I met one young
woman who was really excited when she saw what
I was giving out. She will end up being a voice
for the animals.
the University of Southern Maine,
an older man told me he used to have a small
farm but factory farmers put him out of business.
A woman said the booklet will be helpful for
a project she’s doing in an environmental class.
She said, “It’s very important to get this
information out to the community.” A student
thanked me for being there and said, “This
is very important to me.” Another student
said, “This will be perfect to show to
my family.” A vegetarian woman said she
had been thinking lately about starting to eat
meat again, but getting the booklet was a good
reminder of why she should stay veg! Whooo!
snow at Western Michigan University,
but one of the highest reception rates! Heard
from 4 vegans and 11 vegetarians and one gentle
giant of a student who stated that he felt very
strongly about animals and wanted to stop eating
of people at the San Luis Obispo
farmers’ market – got out a ton of booklets.
And great conversations; e.g., a sweet teenager
who went veg in 5th grade and really wants to
go vegan now – she took a “vegan”
button and we loaded her up with info. Also
a boy of about six and his mom; he didn’t want
to eat animals anymore – they got the info
the University of Arizona, the
first five people turned me down, but then it
picked up. Highest percentage of “already
have that” or “already veg” I’ve
ever encountered. Right when I had to leave,
a huge group of maybe 50 middle school kids
were coming right toward me. I let the front
group (with the adults) go past, and then started
offering booklets. You would have thought I
was Santa offering Xboxes! Seriously – they
all flocked to me as though I was the Pied Piper!
It was unreal.
CUNY Staten Island, met students
who said they were thinking about this already
and were happy to get a booklet. Also met a
teacher who was a longtime vegetarian happy
to see this work being done.
Despite the rain, good conversations at Seattle Central Community College. For example, talked to a woman who wanted to go vegan; gave her a Guide.
at Everett Community College. Talked to two
people who have been working on going vegan; one wants to get involved
because she loves the work we are doing!
and I had a hard time keeping
our fingers functioning at Truman College, with
three-degree windchill. One woman stopped and
said she cares about animals and only buys chickens
from Perdue because they treat them well according
to the commercials. I filled her in on what
Perdue actually does and how chickens suffer
due to their genetics, and she said she is going
to try giving up chicken. She was excited to
receive the Guide.
day at the University of Louisiana,
Lafayette, with excellent feedback. Met a student
who has been veg after getting a VO booklet
last year and is still excited. Spoke to Justin [above, right]
for a long time, who concluded he cannot support
the abuse of animals in factory farms, so wants
to go veg and also discuss issues with wife.
Rachel spoke to a cowboy who loved to eat meat
but didn’t want to support factory farm conditions
and said he was considering the issues.
interactions at Central Connecticut State.
For example, a student stopped and thumbed through
the booklet, and he said slowly, “Oh…I just had a steak.” I said that he could
read the booklet, it might change his mind about
animals used for food and perhaps he could reduce
suffering by reducing his consumption of animals.
He said, “I can do that!”
great leafleting Milwaukee Area
Technical College with new leafleter Cheryl [Abbate, right].
Despite heavy snow, take rate was really high.
Rachel joined us for a bit, too! Cheryl was
told by someone that they’re really thankful
we were out there, that he’s been thinking about
going vegetarian; so she Guided him.
Another guy said, “It’s pretty interesting
stuff. I never thought about it like that, it’s
like you get a meal and it’s just sitting there
and you don’t really think twice about it. Thanks,
brother.” I offered a booklet to Santana [above]
and she said, “Oh! I got one of those,
it’s so scary!” We then talked for a minute
and I gave her a Guide. As we parted
she yelled out, “This makes me want to
be a vegetarian!” Also met Phil who said,
“I’m never going to eat meat again!”
Snowing at the University
of Wisconsin, Stout, and it was the last day
before spring break. But nearly a 100% take
rate, and Fred, Sen, and I had occasional snowball
fights. We met a ton of vegetarians!