|Enewsletter • December 10, 2008|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Regular readers know what an exciting semester this has been, with a record 666 schools leafleted (up from 561 in the spring). The incredible Adopt a College team -- consisting of a record number of volunteers, dozens of groups, and a number of hard-working full- and part-time leafleters -- blew past the half-million booklet mark and haven’t looked back. A total of 642,828 students have been handed booklets, and the term’s not over yet!
A special congratulations goes to Vic Sjodin (at right, taking a rare break). On Monday, he handed a booklet to his 100,000th student of the term! He has now taken the animals' plight to 100,395 students at 73 schools this semester. Before this fall, none of us dreamed this was possible. Amazing, Vic -- just amazing!
Three Weeks Left to Save Twice as Many Animals
We would like to thank the members of Vegan Outreach who have donated $18,192 towards the $54,500 end-of-year matching opportunity.
You can double the impact of your support by making a secure, tax-deductible donation here, or send a check or money order to:
Doubling your money will put even more booklets into new people's hands, providing the animals a voice and making a real difference.
Link of the Week
One Possible Future: A Roadmap to Animal Liberation – A practical discussion of possibilities and plans, rather than a dogmatic list of dreams and demands.
Product / Gift Idea of the Week—and Special Offer!
Malcolm’s Miracle – Lynn Chorn, one of Vegan Outreach’s very first members, has created a new, ultra-premium vegan hand and body lotion. Four years in the making, Malcolm’s Miracle works great and lasts a long time! Special offer for Vegan Outreach members: enter Code VEGOUT30 at checkout for a free three-pack (worth $5) with a purchase of $30 or more.
Notes from All Over
Notes from Our Members
Leafleting this semester
has been quite a ride.
It started with Nick Cooney, who
gave me a Vegan Outreach booklet
in college; then he made me go leaflet
with him in Philly. Then, while
leafleting some of the Warped Tour
this summer, I met Jon [Camp]. I
was so impressed with his intelligent
and well-thought-out answers at
a talk he gave -- that’s where I
went from a supporter of VO to a
true believer. I read the copy of
Meaningful Life he gave
me several times and felt in sync
with it. It has been awesome to
work with everybody -- I really
believe in what we are doing. I
am deeply grateful for the opportunity
of volunteering, then touring, and
then working for VO.
Two friends joined me leafleting today. They had never done it before, felt awkward at first, but got into it. When we left, one said, “I thought it’d be kind of pointless, but I could tell it was making a difference.”
good interactions today at
Golden West College. One vegetarian
fellow asked if I had any info on
dairy production and I, of course,
could hand him a Why Vegan? Another student stopped me after reading the info and said, “I’ve read this and I have decided that I am really going to try to make the change.”
Three months ago I
was attending a professional conference
at a university campus when a young
man handed me a booklet titled Even
If You Like Meat from Vegan Outreach. I have to say that I’ve enjoyed my chicken in all forms, bacon, ham and beef in every fashion imaginable. However, after reading the booklet and doing some simple research online I decided that I wouldn’t eat meat, eggs or dairy if the animals had to suffer. It gives me the shivers every time I think about pigs being dropped into boiling water while still alive. The screams are echoing in my thoughts like a distant nightmare.
Tour is a religious
event aimed at 6th-12th grade girls.
It was awesome to leaflet! LOTS
of teenage girls, most of whom were
very open to the information. Someone
told Colin, “I’m with you!” after
he gave her a booklet. I saw a girl
hold up the booklet and excitedly
announce, “Vegan-etarian!” and then
her friend held up the booklet and
chilly night in Chicago,
but at least the snow had stopped.
People really seemed to appreciate
us standing in the cold and we got
lots of positive feedback and thumbs
Leafleting New Orleans
French Quarter, I had a conversation with a guy who said he used to work in a slaughterhouse. He said he only made it three days -- it was so disgusting that he couldn’t get the smell off his skin when he came home at night. When I passed him again about 20 minutes later, he took his Even If out
of his pocket and told me he was
going to sit down and read it when
he got home -- I gave him a Guide.