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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  June 1, 2011

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Amazing! All-Time Record!

Adopt a College activists have now handed booklets to 664,112 students at 778 colleges during spring semester! This breaks the fall 2008 record of 659,221!

Scout Kilbourne
Team Vegan member Scout Kilbourne puts your donations to work at the University of West Georgia.

Thank you to everyone whose incredible hard work made this possible!

As was pointed out on the blog, we’re all a part of this work, not because it’s the “sexiest” or the most immediately rewarding, but because it has the greatest long-term payoff for the animals. We’re always looking to have the absolute biggest impact per hour spent and dollar donated.

The latter is an important point worth keeping in mind. AAC distribution has, more or less, tracked the economy. Distribution grew and grew until reaching a peak in the fall of 2008; with the collapse of the economy, donations to VO fell off and we were no longer able to print and distribute as many booklets.

This new record is, of course, a testament to the incredible efforts of our amazing leafleters, but also to all the donors who made 2010’s end-of-year fundraising our best ever. Your contributions are what printed and shipped the 664,112 booklets that have made their way into the hands of students all across the country.

Thanks so much to everyone who has been a part of this amazing accomplishment. It isn’t something “Vegan Outreach” has done – it is literally the work of all of us, leafleters and donors. And thanks to everyone who has joined and/or given to Team Vegan! Your dollars today absolutely will reach more students tomorrow, creating the fundamental change we all want!

 

Team Vegan Works for the Future

This week, we’d like to highlight (in alphabetical order) the second half of the returning members of the Team:

Nettie Schwager
Team Vegan member Nettie Schwager changes another life at the University of Oregon.

Caroline Jones, Todd Lee, Mark Middleton, Stephanie Miller, Jesse Miner, Jessica Morris, Aimee Osterhus, Vegan QTs: Queenie and Sean, Andrew Rodriguez, Team Sacramento, Darina Smith, Melissa Swanson, Kenny Torrella, Team Triangle.

These dedicated folks are working hard to make sure that, during next semester, VO activists reach as many new people as possible!

You can make a tax-deductible contribution to any of these members (or the people in the feedback section below, or via the Team Vegan general donations page).

And your donation will be doubled, dollar for dollar!

So please, click over to TeamVegan.biz, support a team member, and help take the animals’ message to more people!

Thanks so much!

Please Join Team Vegan 2011 Today!

 

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

 

Veggie Drum Bead

Product of the Week

Returning Team Vegan member Caroline Jones: “From now until all my Etsy items are sold, I will be donating 100% of the profits of anything in my store to Team Vegan.”

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

 

Notes from Our Members

Johanna Andris
Johanna Andris spreads the word at Allan Hancock College.

Wow, Las Lomas High has really come along! This is my third time here in 2.5 years and the kids were a lot more apathetic and some even a little snooty about the issue the previous two times. But today, so many of the kids were really excited to get the leaflets once they heard it was about animals. Lots of, “Yeah definitely,” “Oh cool!” and “Thank you!” I met one vegetarian and one ex-vegetarian who really wants to go back. I gave her strategies for dealing with family members in a welcoming and productive way. An awesome use of 1.5 hours!
—Team Vegan member Brian Grupe, 5/27/11

Reached 1,200 students at the University of Florida. After reading a booklet, one student said he plans to start a blog about the information. Another student gave positive feedback about the leaflet and VO’s approach. He said that other groups have turned him off, but he thanked me for the information and shook my hand. The best part of the day was when a student came back to me and exclaimed, “It’s official! I’m going vegetarian because of you.” She said the photos really got to her, especially the photo of the dying piglets in the gas cart.
     Today at the University of North Florida, I reached 1,500 students. One person was antagonistic, but he seemed to prompt others to read their booklets! I did get more positive feedback about VO’s approach. A girl said she thought VO was more practical and effective than another group. One guy who told me he read the entire leaflet said, “I WILL be making some changes in my diet – and I’m not lying – I really will!”
—Team Vegan member Lana Smithson, 4/6/11

We had an all-time high of 30 activists come out to First Friday’s outreach; together, we reached 4,631 people! We met an absurd number of veg*ns, including numerous who said they went veg after reading the booklet! Even met a Navajo who wants to set up some outreach with his people on the reservation.
—John Oberg, 4/1/11

Brian Wink
Brian does the necessary work for the animals at Clayton State.

Some really great conversations at Howard County Community College. Had the opportunity to introduce both my wife and a close friend to activism. Everyone was really positive and enthusiastic – we had four or five people thank us for being there and for what we were doing.
—Jay Kristensen, 4/2/11

Reached 800 students at Fresno State, and had plenty of good conversations. After getting a booklet, one girl squealed and said, “I’m never eating meat again!!!”
     The people I am couchsurfing with here are absolutely awesome and happen to be vegan for Lent! We’ve made some delicious vegan recipes and they’re talking about veganism to all their friends and raving about the delicious things we’ve made together. Since I arrived here, everyone who has come in the house has received a leaflet upon my hosts’ insistence.
—Team Vegan member Jeni Haines, 4/6/11

Tamara, Amanda, and I set a one-day record for any school in New Mexico – 1,550 at UNM. The highlight of the day came at the very end when Jasmine, a thoughtful and cheerful young woman, let me know that it was getting a booklet on campus a year ago (kudos to Casey Constable for his work that day) that led her to go veg. She said the booklet was “fair,” and that it made a compelling case without resorting to outrageous claims or self-righteousness. She has since shown the booklet to multiple friends and they have said the same thing.
—Team Vegan member Jon Camp, 4/7/11

CSUSB student
After getting a booklet from Nikki, this San Bernardino student is engrossed in learning the previously hidden truth.

Cassandra and I reached 600 students at Queens College. Almost everyone was very receptive, and we heard many supportive comments. One student in particular called back, “I’ve been vegetarian since the last time you were here, from reading that!”
—Team Vegan member Eileen Botti, 3/31/11

Sen joined me at the University of Wisconsin, Stout. We got great feedback, including: “I got one last year. It was very informative”; “I gave up meat for Lent. Now (holding up the booklet), I’m pretty sure I’m giving it up for life”; “I got one of those. They’re awesome”; “I got one of those in the fall. That stuff’s awful.”
—Team Vegan member Fred Tyler, 4/4/11

What a day at Southwestern College! One of my first leaflet recipients ran back to me saying she and another girl are giving presentations on animal cruelty and they need resources. I told her a bunch of links to visit and gave her 15 leaflets for her classmates. A security officer was going to write me a citation, until he called in and found out there was nothing to charge me with. We talked for a while, and he left with a Guide!
—Team Vegan member Nikki Benoit, 4/5/11

 

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