|Enewsletter • July 31, 2013|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Perspective on Adopt a College
Take a look at the numbers from the official start of Vegan Outreach’s Adopt a College program in fall 2003:
The top leafleter was Josh “The Hulk” Balk (right), with 7 schools and 4,299 booklets.
Ten years later:
And the total leafleters, well…nearly 8 times more! Spring 2013:
To our leafleters: Your efforts in getting the word out, getting others active, and helping maintain the wonderful partnerships Vegan Outreach has with other local, regional, and national groups are simply magnificent!
To our donors: This growth has been driven by your increasing generosity. Only because of your thoughtful support have we been able to print and ship so many booklets, and reach so many people!
I look forward to another decade of focused outreach for the animals.
From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs
Review of the Week
As we write in A Meaningful Life*: “Those who are successful in making the world a better place are students of human nature.”
As noted throughout VO’s advocacy information, and in The Animal Activist’s Handbook, understanding human psychology is key to making the biggest difference for the animals. VO reviews studies in psychology and sociology in order to create the best tools for the animals.
Notes from Our Members
Lots of good vibes
on this cold, windy day – Jennifer and I set
a new record at Nassau Community College, reaching
over 1,900 students. We met many vegetarians,
and 5–6 vegans! Had 18 students give their emails
to get a club on campus, and had great conversations / feedback. E.g., “This is just what I
needed – I was thinking of going vegetarian!”
It snowed at Saginaw Valley State…Snow! April 24! Still, great conversations. One guy said what we do to animals is appalling, another asked what he could do to make a difference. A student told me how she was really happy to get the Even If You Like Meat because she had been vegetarian for a while, but recently started eating meat. I mentioned to her that I have many friends, myself included, who went veg in the past, “failed,” and came back to it with much success. She was very happy to get a Guide!
Henry Ford Community
College is the best! Very receptive student
body – super interested, and saw tons of people
reading the lit. Lots of folks asking questions
and engaging with us. Karley [Bodis, below, left], Rachael [Murray, below, right], and I
reached more than 2,200 students and had a damn
good time doing it. Had too many discussions
to go through them all, but a few stand out:
Nice conversations today while
leafleting Ryerson University with John Sakars.
One was with a young man who has been vegan
for a month [Tian, right]. I asked him what had prompted the
change and he said getting a Compassionate
Choices previously. He is interested in
learning how to eat better so was pleased to
get a Guide. I also met a woman who
is leaning towards vegetarian and now seems
interested in doing more.
At Oregon State, I
had a long and very good conversation with a
young woman who had tried going vegetarian but gave up. She got a Guide,
and we talked about ways to stay healthy and
make being veg easier. She now wants to try
again, and her goal this time is to go vegan.
Rachel and I had an epic day at
Cleveland State. Saw many, many reading cover-to-cover and met lots of folks with questions.
We met Sara [below, center], who now wants to go vegan. We met
Karima [below, left], who wants to go veg. Talked with Sarah [Hernan, below, right],
who I invited to leaflet. She helped out after
class until we ran out of booklets. She loved
leafleting, especially after getting the Nietzsche
breakdown – a person who has a why can bear
any how – and wants to leaflet in the future.
Quick trip to IUPUI, where
I had a conversation with a lady who has been
veg for 25 years, who was really concerned with
her 4-year-old son’s diet. I gave her a Guide
and told her about all of VO’s
nutrition information, so she’ll find ways
to have her son follow a healthy diet.
Highlight of the day at
the University of California, Santa Barbara was
meeting Andrew, who joined me to leaflet. He’s
a natural and is going to check out Adopt a
Kimberly, Matt, and I had a great
time tabling for Earth Day at
Pioneer Valley High. A few favorite interactions:
busy day. At Central Piedmont
Community College, gave a Guide to
a former vegan who was very happy to get the
information. Then, leafleting with Philip, we
had great conversations, including one with
a woman who said the booklets will help her
go vegan. Additional discussions with folks
who wanted to reduce their meat consumption.
Also met several vegetarians who were thrilled
that I was leafleting.
was FAST’s first advocacy bike trip. We
traveled to Madison and Milwaukee via bike and
sometimes truck (due to high winds and harsh