|Enewsletter • June 6, 2012|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
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
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.
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!
From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs
Product of the Week
Notes from Our Members
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.
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
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!
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!
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).
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.
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
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!”
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.
day of leafleting at Appalachian State –
I even got sunburned! Highlight was a group
of students who now want to leaflet!