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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  June 6, 2012

Notes from Vegan Outreach

  Leah
  Team Vegan member John Oberg reports from Cornell U: “Leah said she read the leaflet and that it makes her want to be a vegetarian. She happily took a Guide!

Amazing! New Spring Record!

Adopt a College activists have now handed booklets to 874,281 students at an all-time record 992 schools during spring semester! This soars far past last spring’s record of 690,539!

Thanks so much to everyone whose incredible hard work made this possible!

We know our efforts together are not the “sexiest” or the most immediately rewarding. But you and fellow thoughtful, dedicated individuals have chosen to be a part of it because it has the greatest long-term payoff for the animals.

And you know that, like you, we’re always looking to have the absolute biggest impact per hour spent and dollar donated.

This new record is a testament to the incredible efforts of our amazing leafleters, but also to all the donors who contributed to 2011’s end-of-year fundraising. Your contributions are what printed and shipped the 874,281 booklets that have made their way into the hands of students all across the country.

Thank you so much to everyone who has been a part of this amazing accomplishment.

874,281 isn’t something Vegan Outreach has done – it’s 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 will reach more students tomorrow, creating the fundamental change we all want!

 

Team Vegan Works for the Future

The Caplan-Hart Family
The family that Team Vegans together:
Max, Audrey, Laura, and Dennis.

This week, we’d like to highlight some Team Vegan 2012 members who were also on a previous Team Vegan:

Quinn Attika, Laura Bruess, Kristi Capone, Lauren Farnsworth, Susan Gravina, Jimmy H, Caroline Jones, Noora Kaunisto, Michelle Lukasiewicz, Mark Middleton, Jessica Morris, PD Reiter, Melissa Swanson, Brian Tomasik, Team Vegan-Cat.

Meow!

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!

Thank you so much for your support!

Click Here to Double Your Donation!

 

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

 

Vegan shrimp

Product of the Week

Team Vegan member Brandon Becker: “Sophie’s Kitchen Vegan Shrimp (both breaded and non-breaded) is so good! Taste and texture exactly as I remembered. Found in the seafood section at Whole Foods.”

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

 

Notes from Our Members

Chuck Dishmon
Team Vegan’s Nikki Benoit sends these photos of Chuck Dishmon spreading compassion at CSULA (above) and Rabbit Heart providing a voice for the animals at the College of the Canyons (below).
Rabbit Heart

At Minnesota State University, Mankato, one guy turned down a leaflet saying, “That stuff is horrible, but I could never be a vegan.” When I told him that it was not all or nothing, he stopped in his tracks and said, “What do you mean? Tell me more.” After I explained, he said, “I can do that. I can eat less meat.” He said he was going to get the vegetarian burrito next time he went to Chipotle.
—Team Vegan member Fred Tyler, 3/21/12

After 14 years of leafleting, I set a new personal best today at Bowling Green State: over the course of 10.5 hours, I reached 1,800 students with Even If You Like Meat, and handed out 12 Guides as well.
     Had a nice chat with a hunter who stopped to get a booklet and express his genuine concern for the intense and prolonged suffering of animals used in modern farming. During a slow period, I had a discussion with someone who argued I should be working against abortion rather than for animals. I explained that I worked for animals due to the number who suffer, the degree of their suffering, and the rather whimsical reason they are made to suffer. Before I could point out that no one I knew had 35 abortions a year but many people I knew did sentence 35 chickens each year to brutal suffering and death for the pleasure of eating them, a professor walking past stopped to get a booklet and Guide, and exclaimed that going vegan had allowed him to lose 30 pounds and get off blood pressure and cholesterol medication, as well as being the morally decent thing to do. [Editor: see this also.]
—Team Vegan member Joe Espinosa, 3/22/12

Numerous appreciative and enthusiastic responses at Cal Poly Pomona, where I reached 1,750 new students. I love offering a booklet to a couple, having one say no, but the other takes it. Then all of a sudden, Mr. McNo is lookin’ at the booklet while Ms. McYes thumbs through it!
—Team Vegan member Nikki Benoit, 3/27/12

Sunsational day at the University of Southern Florida people were itching for our literature! Too many highlights to recount, but one that stood out was meeting a vegan who started taking college classes at 14, is graduating at 19, and going straight into a PhD program. She went vegetarian when she was 5 and vegan at 14 and is interested in a career in lab-grown meat. Another woman overheard our conversation and shared with us that she went vegetarian after watching a video on food that Whole Foods had employees watch so they are aware of where food comes from. She is now on the path to being vegan after talking with us. Several others committed to either going vegetarian or reducing their meat consumption, including a gentleman from Russia. Connected with the new president of the AR student group and received tons of thank yous and additional interest from high school parents who were touring the campus with their kids!
—Team Vegan member Jeff Boghosian, 3/23/12

Jovan Jimenez

Jovan [Jimenez] took an unpaid day to join me in leafleting Marquette University [right], where we reached over 1,100 students! Various people stopped with questions about what we were doing and what they could do about the horrors in the booklet, including one vegetarian who was interested in getting involved with activism (he got a Guide and an AML).
—Team Vegan member
Leslie Patterson, 3/23/12

Was surprised to reach so many people at Penn State Hazleton in a short amount of time. During both class changes, I had separate individuals come up to ask a bunch of good, sincere questions. I think I got through to one of these individuals. And I overheard a young woman say to one of her friends, not knowing I was around, “Did you get that brochure on animal cruelty? It’s so sad.” Her friend responded that it was sad.
—Team Vegan member Jon Camp, 3/23/12

Phenomenal interactions at Texas Southern University. I had a small audience interested in going veg and gave a quick speech and answered many questions; folks were really into it. One young black man was really into it and also very encouraging; he said he was gonna give being veg a try, and that his sister is vegan. A girl returned with a lot of questions, and was very open-minded. Another man mentioned getting an Even If You Like Meat from his Spanish professor in the past.
—Team Vegan member Vic Sjodin, 3/22/12

Festgoers
Team Vegan member Elaine Vigneault snapped this picture of a couple reading Compassionate Choices at the annual Indie Music Fest in Las Vegas.

The local group had worked Weber State several times earlier this year, so I was able to ask some students what they thought about the booklet. Most people said things like, “It’s so sad” and “I wanted to stop eating meat!”
     Today was really fun at Utah Valley University! I had a really nice chat with a dudely dude named Steve who listened attentively and asked good questions about what I eat and told me how his family tries to eat free-range, etc. When I explained that free-range can be a scam, he said he always wondered just how much better it could be. Really nice guy, very genuine, and since it was early in the morning, it set a great tone for the day.
—Team Vegan member Caleb Wheeldon, 3/22/12

Fellow Team Vegan member Lisa and I got up early this morning to hit Bergen County Community College by 8:15am. It was a long commute for us both but arguably the most rewarding leafleting that we have had lately. We were able to reach over 1,600 students in just four hours! Very educational and amazing interactions. We had many people asking about how they could help. I met one woman who said, “Wow! I was just thinking of going vegan.” She, too, got a Guide. We met a girl who wanted to get involved more so I gave her a Guide and my info.
—Team Vegan member Katie Pryor, 3/22/12

Great day of leafleting at Appalachian State – I even got sunburned! Highlight was a group of students who now want to leaflet!
—Team Vegan member Rob Gilbride, 3/22/12

 

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All donations are tax-deductible.

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