|Enewsletter • July 9, 2008|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
New Adopt a College Record!
As with overall distribution, this record resulted directly from the combination of the amazing efforts of our leafleters and the dedication of our donors.
It's neither glamorous nor high profile, but our Adopt a College program is the only systematic program to provide tomorrow's leaders with detailed and documented information about the animals' plight and the compassionate choices they can make every day. Because of the teamwork of our thoughtful, dedicated members, Vegan Outreach is able to convert donations to action efficiently and effectively.
With your help, we can get booklets into the hands of a million college students this year! Each and every one of us can play a part. Make the choice to take action for the animals today!
More than Halfway!
UPDATE: The goal has been reached!
Through the generosity of dozens of donors, Vegan Outreach has raised $20,041 towards July's $30,000 matching donation challenge.
Just as every compassionate choice makes a difference, every donation also has an impact -- your contribution allows more people to learn the truth about modern agribusiness. If you haven't yet had your tax-deductible contribution doubled, please make a secure donation on-line via this page, or send a check or money order to:
Please indicate that it is for the matching drive. Thanks!
Products of the Week
Aimee: "Kavli Pesto Flavored Flat Breads are so fantastic that I ordered an entire case and had it shipped to my door! They are available at our local market, Whole Foods, and Amazon.com."
In a very competitive category, Alex: "Allison's Gourmet sweets are the very best vegan treats ever made since time began, especially the choco-peanut butter brownies."
Notes from Our Members
thought vegans were crazy,
even after I met one personally.
But when I got a pamphlet from your
volunteer, I was surprised how reasonable
and intelligent it is! I've kept
up a vegetarian diet for most of
this week, and yesterday, after
20 years of drinking milk, I bought
soymilk for the first time. Thank
you for showing me the smart move!
Jessica Dadds discusses a booklet at the Mississippi Avenue Street Fair in Portland, OR.
I wanted to tell you
how incredibly well planned, well
written, and appealing your booklets
are. They are the most effective
materials I've seen anywhere. Your
whole philosophy of non-alienation
and pursuing best efforts over "perfection"
is brilliant yet so simple, so obvious.
Don't preach, but give people information
about abuse; then, follow it up
with specific steps and guidance
for making compassionate changes
in their lives. Present the problem
AND give useful, easy-to-implement
was an exhausting
but very productive weekend tour
of Warped in Texas. The crowds were
huge, and the acceptance rate was
very high. Casey [Constable], Eugene
[Khutoryansky], and I were joined
by other volunteers at some stops,
and were able to hand out a total
24,600 booklets at the Dallas, San
Antonio, and Houston venues. We
heard "I am already vegetarian/vegan"
countless times -- very encouraging.
For my whole life I
was a meat eater. When people ask
me in shock, "YOU'RE a vegetarian?"
(as they have been for a year now),
I tell them the story of how a pamphlet
changed my life. After that day,
no more dead animal carcasses. Those
pamphlets do the job, they really
portray a clear picture of what
REALLY goes on. I was so happy to
see that 2,161,975
booklets were distributed!
recently read your
Vegan Outreach brochure and realized
I can help animals by going vegan!
I've been a vegan now for about
four months, and I feel so great
-- physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Even better is knowing that through
my veganism, I am helping those
animalsI love so much! Thank you
Vegan Outreach for all the amazing
and compassionate work you do. I
am now a vegan for life, and am
very excited about continuing to
make more positive changes in the
lives of our precious animal friends,
being the voice they rightfully
At the Warped stop
in Atlanta, JC [Corcoran],
Wendy [Moore] and I experienced
countless positive interactions,
very little antagonism, and significantly
fewer discarded booklets than last
year. We all had interesting conversations
-- vegetarians who are considering
going vegan, people thinking of
getting active as volunteers, people
who sincerely wanted to know more
about the issues and what motivates
us to leaflet, etc.