|Enewsletter • August 17, 2005|
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Notes from Vegan Outreach
AAC: Revin' Up for More Records!
by Jon Camp. At right, Jon leaflets a student at the University of Pittsburgh earlier this month, while another reads a copy of Even If You Like Meat. Photo by Ayako Mogen.
As we rapidly approach the new school year, I'd like to recap our Adopt A College (AAC) work from the 2004-05 school season, with the hopes that it will rev us up for unprecedented accomplishments in 2005-06.
Last school year was a momentous one for our AAC program. Between Vegan Outreach volunteers and employees, over 200,000 Why Vegan?, Try Vegetarian!, and Even If You Like Meat booklets were handed directly to college students -- more than a 100% increase in the number of booklets distributed from just the year before! During the year, I was able to personally hand out over 67,000 booklets at colleges and universities, and, like you, I am looking forward to another record year!
An especially encouraging development of our campaign was the increased number of individuals who rolled up their sleeves and reached out to the college students in their communities with the animals' plight. Last year alone, over 100 dedicated activists went out to leaflet colleges in a total of 32 states, reaching a host of previously untapped regions.
Our heavy leafleting of several regions, including Chicago, New Jersey, Minneapolis, Washington DC, Arizona, Miami, as well as our tours throughout the east coast, resulted in scores of positive emails, phone calls, and vegetarian starter kit requests. By our estimates, last year's efforts have led to thousands of new vegetarians and vegans, sparing nearly 9,000,000 birds and mammals from enduring lives of suffering on factory farms and in slaughterhouses over the next 50 years!
And the results aren't just theoretical -- our work is paying off! Earlier this year, ARAMARK (a company that provides food on college campuses) reported that out of 100,000 students surveyed regarding food choices, 24% responded that having vegan options in their cafeteria was important to them!
We've reached an incredible number of students with our message of compassion, but there are still so many who have not received a full and compelling case for vegetarianism. In short, we need to significantly expand our efforts. For those of you living near a university, I ask that you consider spending even just one hour, once a month, reaching out to nearby students for the animals. This important work hinges on the modest efforts of many, not the excessive efforts of a few. Leafleting is not glamorous or sophisticated but it is relatively easy, a great excuse to get outdoors, and creates fundamental change.
For those of you who are able to help fund our efforts, I ask that you please don't take our work for granted -- please support it financially with a tax-deductible donation. You can donate securely on-line via Give Direct or PayPal, or send a check or money order to Vegan Outreach | P.O. Box 38492 | Pittsburgh, PA 15238-8492.
Just a $10 monthly recurring donation (which you can do at our GiveDirect page; recurring option on second page) would help fund numerous leafleting sessions, allowing us to print more booklets that will then be handed directly to college students.
Our work will only reach as many individuals as you allow us to.