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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  September 25, 2013

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Adopt a College: Reaching Thousands Every Day!

Pedro at Moorpark
Above is Moorpark College student Pedro, and below is a group of students at Irvine Valley College – just a few of the students who are interested in going veg as a result of receiving a VO booklet this semester!

Even before all schools have started (including the University of California system), Adopt a College activists are hitting so many schools and setting so many records that their reports have overwhelmed our ability to keep up!

But even with dozens of reports still to enter, activists have handed booklets directly to more than a quarter million students already this semester. That’s right: 250,000+ new people have been reached with a powerful and effective Vegan Outreach booklet!

Thank you so much to all the leafleters and donors who are making this possible! Together, we’re changing thousands and thousands of lives, making the world a truly better place!

Group at IVC


From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs


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Brent: “I would like to nominate Viana Veggie Gyros – available at Whole Foods. Taste fantastic.”

Please submit your nominees for product of the week via this page; previous entries here.


Notes from Our Members

Shaunagh O’Neill at RMIT

Freezing winter wind at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology – so strong, it was hard to hold the booklets out to people! But we – Shaunagh [O’Neill, right], Liz [Dealey, below, left], Karina, Souraya [Rainbowbrite, below, right], John, and I – made quick work of all our booklets. Met five vegans, which lifted our spirits! Word is really getting out about our outreach – more and more people are contacting me.
—Chelsea Collins, 8/20/13

Liz Dealey at RMIT Souraya Rainbowbrite at RMIT

Love the enthusiasm at Virginia Commonwealth University – these students wanted the goods! In large groups, they were slowing down with their hands out – I couldn’t keep up with such quick demand!
—Kassy Ortega, 8/23/13

Student at Old Westbury
Jennifer Greene snapped these pics at SUNY College at Old Westbury last semester: above, a student is engrossed in reading Even If You Like Meat; below, Karen James reaches another student with Compassionate Choices.
Karen James at Old Westbury

My friend Reem handed out 86 booklets at Northern Virginia Community College like a champ. She was a little scared about rejection but built up her courage and did it! Kassy had leafleted the school on Monday, and when Reem leafleted it today, numerous students remembered getting a booklet yesterday from Kassy; and one told her that he saw the pictures yesterday and is planning on completely stopping eating meat! Go, Reem and Kassy!!!
—John Oberg, 8/27/13

Booklets were flying out of my hands like hotcakes at SUNY Old Westbury! Met three vegans and four vegetarians. Five students gave their emails for a campus group. Good discussions – one with a student who had been vegetarian for a few months, but returned to eating animals. She was concerned about health issues. Gave her a Guide as well as Jack’s site. She was very grateful, and said she was going to try again! A student told me he read the whole booklet. When I asked what he thought, he said it was well written, informative, and not too graphic – a great booklet to get the point across.
—Karen James, 8/26/13

Leafleted for 9.5 hours on the second day of classes at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Heard from three vegans and 10 vegetarians. Inspiring to revisit the exact spot in the union where I met Matt Ball 20 years ago.
—Joe Espinosa, 8/27/13

Team MFA handed out 1,500 Compassionate Choices at Millennium Station. Stephanie talked with a man who was on his way to Popeye’s, but after reading the leaflet, turned around and decided a plant-based dinner would be a better idea! There were lots of people to talk to, and we received interest from some vegetarians looking to go vegan! A fantastic day of outreach.
—Heather D, 8/26/13

Kitty and I reached 2,100 students at Santa Rosa Junior College. I had more excited responses than I could count, and quite a few “I’m mostly vegan” responses. I talked to two students who were interested in helping, one who volunteered before she started the nursing program, and one who has been emailing the PDF of the booklet around!
—Steve Erlsten, 8/26/13

Vic Sjodin at IVC
Vic Sjodin spreads compassion at Irvine Valley College.

I was pleasantly surprised by the receptive students at Ventura College. Take rate varied between 90 to 100 percent. Many thanked me for being there, said they support what I’m doing, and/or said they love animals. Met one long-time vegetarian and one woman who’s been vegan just a month or so. They both got Guides.
—Barbara Bear, 8/27/13

I had a number of good conversations at Willamette University. For example, when I offered a man an Even If You Like Meat, he said, “I’m against that, but I don’t see anything that I can do about it right now.” I held up a Guide and said, “Would you like this? It has recipes and a good article about nutrition.” He said yes he would. More constructive interactions at Linfield College; e.g., I offered a booklet to a woman, and she seemed very sad when she saw it. She mumbled something – I think something about how much she loves pigs. I asked if she’d like a Guide, and she brightened. She said, oh yes, she would like the Guide because she used to be vegan.
—Cobie deLespinasse, 8/27/13

Many wonderful interactions and a new record at Irvine Valley College. The highlight might have been a group of women [top of page] who came back together after getting booklets earlier. I gave a very brief highlight of the benefits of a vegan diet and they said they were interested in changing – they all got Guides. Met Mariel [below, right], who also wants to go veg! Met Doreen [Marciano, below, left] and invited her to help on the spot – she did! Saw others engrossed in reading – gave them Guides and encouragement. And had numerous other positive interactions.

Doreen Marciano at IVC Mariel at IVC
Students at Moorpark
At Moorpark College, Vic snapped a group of supportive students reading Even If You Like Meat together (above), and a student (below, left) who stopped in his tracks and read the booklet cover-to-cover.

     Another new record and uplifting interactions at Moorpark College. Many folks vocalized their support for our efforts: “Thanks for being out there,” “I support what you are doing,” etc. Others told me they read and were affected by the booklet. Best highlights: Pedro [top of page] is now committed to going full-on veg. Melissa also wants to go veg; got a Guide. Andrea [below, right] is thinking of drastically reducing her meat consumption. Another woman [below, center] who was veg-friendly wants to go full vegan and help leaflet next semester! Had many other talks and interactions, and overheard others talking with friends about these issues.

Student at Moorpark Aspiring vegan at Moorpark Andrea at Moorpark
Aspiring vegetarian at Cerritos Aspiring vegetarian at Cerritos
Students at Cerritos

     Awesome, epic, splendiferous day at Cerritos College! Reached 2,500 students – a new one-person record – and received awesome feedback. Four separate people came back later saying they wanted to go veg [two at left], another [Jamal, bottom right] said he wanted to eat far less meat. Met a woman, Anna [bottom, center], who has been vegan for five years since reading a VO booklet her friend had gotten at a concert. Saw many sitting and reading [left], walking and reading, just epic. Met Magali [Cota, bottom, left], an¬†aspiring vegan who helped me leaflet most of a class change. Mucha gracia, Magali! Lots of Latino Americans here, 50¬†percent maybe, so got to practicar mi Español. Extremely tiring and rewarding last three days, so happy to be back at it and getting all the great feedback on the ground. Thank you to all of you who make it possible.
—Vic Sjodin, 8/21/13

Magali Cota at Cerritos Anna at Cerritos Jamal at Cerritos


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