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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  June 8, 2011

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Go, Vegan, Go!

New veggie at SD Mesa College
Your donations at work: after getting a VO booklet from Nikki Benoit, this San Diego Mesa College student went veg on the spot!

Team Vegan members have now raised over $50,000 of the $75,000 matching challenge! Thanks to everyone for your efforts to help the animals!

Speaking of animals, this week, we’d like to highlight members of the Team whose profile pictures feature cows, goats, pigs, and horses:

Roger Baker, Melody Hodges, Arielle Jacobs, Nora Kramer, Kristin McShane, Veg Panda, Vic Sjodin, Lana Smithson, Veronica Soto, Todd Lee, Ed Y.

They – and all the other members of Team Vegan – want to get the most from their efforts for the animals.

And you, too, can get the most for your contributions!

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 now, until June 30, your donation will be doubled, dollar for dollar!

So please, take just a minute and click over to, support a Team member, and help take the animals’ message to more people!

Thank you so much!

Please Join Team Vegan 2011 Today!


Ellen Green
Even twelve years ago, Team Vegan member Ellen Green was reaching out for the animals.
TJ’s meatless meatballs

From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” Blog


Products of the Week

Team Vegan member Vic Sjodin: “The vegan meatless meatballs at Trader Joe’s are a hidden gem. And Nacheez is delicious!”

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


Notes from Our Members

New vegan Lindsey
Vic sends along this picture of Lindsey, who went vegan after getting a VO booklet in New Orleans.

Shortly into my day at San Diego Mesa College, a young man told me, “I just got one of those – I won’t be eating meat anymore.” Boom! Later: another new veg; two high fives; a thumbs up; three thank yous; a “Can I please have one?”; three-or-so vegans; four vegetarians; and a “Yay! I love these things!” I reached 2,000 students, total.
—Team Vegan member Nikki Benoit, 4/5/11

Holy smokes, what a day! (Team Vegan members) Nora, Jeni, and I made quite a trio at UC Davis, where we reached 2,644 students! Just tons of conversations with students, so many gears turning. Between the three of us, we probably talked to at least 20 people who are going to significantly change their diets! I met an Animal Behavior professor who let me give a spiel to her class and then offer them leaflets as they left. There were probably 200 students in attendance, and 100 took them!
—Team Vegan member Brian Grupe, 3/31/11

Cobie and I encountered very receptive students at Western Oregon University – loads of vegetarians and great conversations. It was the kind of experience that leaves you feeling hopeful and excited about change in the air! Met several people who told us that getting a booklet previously had changed their eating habits. Soon after I started leafleting, I gave a booklet to a man who told me he was a professor, so I gave him a Guide too. When he asked if this was about eating free-range, I said that it’s about reducing suffering – he replied that he’s all for that. Later, I handed a booklet to a student, and he said, “My professor was talking about this in class.”
—Team Vegan member Nettie Schwager, 4/11/11

UO student
This University of Oregon student loses her illusions after getting a booklet from Nettie.

Four never-before-leafleted schools today: University of Dubuque, Loras College, Clarke University, and Dubuque Senior High School. At UD, a faculty member claimed I wasn’t allowed to leaflet on the public sidewalk and she would have security come talk to me. Turns out that is the best thing she could have done. When the guard walked up, she started looking at a booklet and said, “This is horrible. I don’t understand how anyone could do that and call it a job.” When she passed by a little later she asked if I was vegan and said her son was and her husband was most of the way there. She said she pretty much was too since he did most of the cooking. When I gave her a Guide, she said, “Big score for me!”
—Team Vegan member Fred Tyler, 4/4/11

Although Michelle and I reached over 950 students at Modesto Junior College, Modesto High School was the highlight of the day! Kids were super receptive, and we reached 200 in a very short period of time. One girl told me she was going vegetarian on the spot!
—Team Vegan member Jeni Haines, 4/12/11

As expected, some lively but productive conversations at Oklahoma State, where I reached 1,200 students in four hours. The highlight was a super-earnest and sweet young woman:
     Me: “Hello! Info to help animals?”
     Young woman: “Are you vegan?”
     Me: “I am.”
     YW: “Wow, so am I. I’ve never met another vegan.”
     Me: “It’s great that you’re vegan! High five?” (YW and I high-five.)
     YW: “Can I give you a hug?” (YW and I hug.)
—Team Vegan member Jon Camp, 4/12/11

Joe Espinosa

Joe (Espinosa of Team Vegan) took a vacation day to join me at Indiana University at Bloomington (right). I had good conversations with veg-curious students, including one who said he liked the idea that every time he chooses veg, he can spare animals. Later, he said he wants to try going vegetarian. A couple of students mentioned the Help Stop Violence Guy (Joe’s Facebook student fan club). A couple of big young guys said they “don’t eat meat,” which was great to hear.
—Team Vegan member Leslie Patterson, 4/13/11

Take rate at Hofstra University was quite high. I heard many students conversing about leaflets as they were passing by, and many more remarking to their friends things like, “I’m a vegan!” One student who had been vegetarian for a while said this is the healthiest he’s ever felt in his life; and several other students came up to me to ask about going vegan.
     It’s nice to see this increase in awareness happen semester after semester. When I think back to the first time I visited this campus a few years ago, it is clear people are more open to the message right now than ever before.
—Team Vegan member Eileen Botti, 3/31/11


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