|Enewsletter • February 23, 2005|
Note from Jon Camp
Jon Camp is currently on a leafleting tour between New Jersey and North Carolina. He wrote this earlier this semester.
For the fall ’04 school semester, I had the privilege of leafleting colleges in the northeast US, as part of Vegan Outreach’s Adopt a College program. Thanks to your donations, I was able to leaflet 46 schools and hand out 26,602 Vegan Outreach booklets during this time. Through the efforts of many, a total of 83,727 booklets -- which graphically detail the plight of today’s farmed animal -- were handed directly to college students.
Leafleting everyday is not conducive to a glamorous lifestyle -- it is hard work. I am usually out the door by 6 AM, often wearing many layers of clothes to ward off the cold. But I do this work joyfully because I have witnessed firsthand the tangible effects for animals that this work produces. Just a few examples should illustrate my experiences:
If I were to list all of the positive feedback that I have received over the course of just this one semester, I would need many more pages to do so. The bottom line is: Leafleting colleges gets the goods!
Presently, only a tiny percentage of those leaving college have received a full and compelling case for vegetarianism. The others will most likely enter a new world -- one of mortgages, children, college debts, and more -- and by and large, won’t have the same freedom to explore new ideas that they once did.
I dream of the day when Vegan Outreach has a veritable army of leafleters in every geographical region of the US where colleges exist. Instead of seeing a fraction of students graduating with a concrete understanding of the animals' plight and a plan for taking steps to help, we would see a majority.
This past semester, each Adopt a College leafleter saw the impact that just one person could have doing this powerful, effective work. Just imagine how many chickens, turkeys, pigs, and cows could be spared lives of misery if our efforts were significantly multiplied!
Meaningful change takes time, hard work, humility, and smarts. All of us concerned about reducing animal suffering want to spend our time and money on something that will bring forth this change as soon as possible. During the last five months, I have dedicated the vast majority of my waking hours to this work, and I can’t think of any other way in which I could have used the animals’ time and money more effectively.
Many of us are not in the position to leaflet on a regular basis, yet do have the financial capacity to help fund our Adopt A College program. For you, I promise to continue to give my all, putting in the extra hours to make sure that your every donation counts and every possible student is reached with the animals’ plight. Just a dollar-a-day (automatic recurring donations can be set up via GiveDirect) -- or even $10 a month -- can make a huge difference!