|Enewsletter • June 15, 2011|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Team Vegan Leafleters
This week, we’d like to highlight those Team Vegan members who haven’t been profiled elsewhere and, in addition to raising funds to print and distribute more booklets, volunteer to leaflet as well:
Joel Badeaux, Katie Cantrell, Laura Carver, Joe Espinosa, Dmitry Farber, David Garvin, Joe Hernandez, Tamara Hubbard, Zubair Hussaini, Tom Lazar, Yvonne LeGrice, Leslie Patterson, Lisa Shapiro, & Team South Florida.
These amazing folks are out there, day after day, creating real and necessary grassroots change!!
You can support their work by making 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!
Thanks so much!
Activist Profile: Yvonne LeGrice
Continuing our series of activist profiles, today we meet the top volunteer leafleter during this record-setting semester, Yvonne LeGrice! This term alone, Yvonne has reached an amazing 30,000+ students!
Here’s an excerpt:
What was your most positive leafleting experience and why?
Every time I leaflet I can tell I’ve made a difference for the animals. Just today at Cerritos College I gave a leaflet to a woman who returned 10 minutes later to ask for a starter kit. She had been thinking about going veg and this is going to help her do it. I’ve had people say they are never eating chicken again after looking at the information, and others have thanked me for being there and asked how they can get involved. So I know that this kind of outreach really works!
What would you say to individuals hesitant about leafleting?
Go with a friend your first time or two. Set an easy goal, like handing out 25 leaflets. Don’t be attached to the end result – just know that you are doing your part to educate people on the horrors of factory farming. I know it can seem scary at first to approach total strangers and offer the leaflets. But most people are polite, even if they decline a leaflet. I’ve never had a bad experience leafleting – the most obnoxious comment I get is “I like meat.” And like everything in life, the more you get out there, the easier it gets. I used to be nervous handing out my first leaflet of the day – now I just jump right in! I know this is the best way that I can get the information out about animal suffering, and am happy I have the opportunity to do this work.
From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs
Products of the Week
Yvonne: “Scatter Vegan Sweets by Wendy Gabbe Day is full of gluten-free, low-fat, low-sugar treats that are fantastic! You have to try the Raw Berry Buckwheat Smoothie – have this for breakfast and you’ll be able to leaflet all day! And David’s Pure Vegetarian Kitchen by David Gabbe (Wendy’s father) is my other favorite. This cookbook uses simple whole foods to create savory dinners, lunches, and snacks. I’ve served the tasty Lima Lasagna to many non-vegetarians and they’ve been unable to guess that the secret ingredient in the “cheese” is pureed lima beans. This family has amazing cooking skills!”
Notes from Our Members
Monday, Yvonne, Rory, and I reached
3,600 students at Pasadena Community College.
Whoa! And tons of great conversations!
Foothill College was awesome.
Lots of inquisitive students and plenty of veggie-minded
folk. It was great to get help from Jaclyn,
a new vegan. Also had really high acceptance
rate at Stanford.
by Oregon State on my way home
from class. A middle-aged woman accepted a booklet
and continued walking. A couple of minutes later
she came back. Here is a shortened version of
Reached 436 students at the University of Wisconsin, Platteville.
One guy said, “I already read it, and I
agree with it all.” One girl turned down
a leaflet saying she couldn’t look at the pictures.
I said I knew it wasn’t easy to look at, but
that it was an important issue. She said, “I
know. Most people don’t take into consideration
how those animals are treated.” She happily
accepted a Guide.
Another girl walked by reading a leaflet and
said, “This is the saddest thing ever.
It’s horrible.” She said, “I’ll probably
stop eating food in general.” I gave her
so she would have some food options that would
prevent her from starving.
the whole time I was at Utah State,
but luckily students were still pretty receptive
and I was even told that I was doing a good
job with putting up with the weather. A number
of good conversations, including someone who
told me that his T.A. brought one of the booklets
to his bioethics class and they had a class
discussion about it.
We had a
spectacular leafleting trip, reaching
8,289 students at James Madison University,
Virginia Tech, and Radford University. Every
semester we are meeting more and more students
who say they have gone veg because of Vegan
Outreach’s literature, and we met more on this
trip. Too many great experiences and conversations
to write, but here are a couple:
760 students at Emerson College
and 250 at Suffolk University. I was a resident
assistant at Emerson last year and I saw two
of my former residents that have gone vegetarian,
and another is trying vegan; I will be sending
recipes. Keep up the good work! This really
day at UC Boulder! Emily, A.J.,
Kristin and I met a receptive crowd at the Food
and Environmental Justice Fair. We, along with
Matt, had many, many conversations with people
who were trying to become vegetarian or were
transitioning from vegetarian to vegan. This
was just an awesome and uplifting day of outreach.
week, Chip, Cassie, and I reached
1,350 students at Missouri State. I had just
met Cassie the previous night, and this was
her first leafleting. She has already sent me
a message saying this was the launching of her
was great to be joined by Lindsay,
Casey, Dana, and Matt at Marywood University
today! This is my alma mater and where I became
an activist, so this was a very special leafleting