|Enewsletter • July 4, 2012|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Team Vegan 2012 ROCKS!
Huge praise and congratulations to all the members of Team Vegan 2012! You did it! You crushed the goal, which will allow Vegan Outreach’s leafleters to put all the matching – and more – to work for the animals! We’re still putting in all the donations, so you can check the Team Vegan page for the up-to-the-minute total. As of this writing, though, over a quarter million dollars was raised to print and distribute our booklets!
The entire Team deserves more praise than we have electrons for, but we’d like to give extra-special special shout-outs to our top fundraisers, including Yvonne (look at that string of donors!), John O (the king of Warped), Audrey Caplan (who babysat up a storm and donated all the proceeds to the animals – mostly via other team members’ “pots”), the always-amazing and incredibly dedicated Darina, and newcomer of the year, Baby Emily!
And, of course, we just can’t say enough about our thoughtful group of matching donors – especially John and Fany, the driving forces behind Team Vegan – who magnified everyone’s contributions!
Thanks so much to all
the great Team Vegan 2012 members
From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs
Advice of the Week
Jon, celebrating his release from the hospital after a bout with Lyme disease, says: “After you’ve been hiking, walking, even leafleting in infested areas, always check yourself for ticks! And keep an eye out for the bull’s-eye rash!”
Not that LD-caused heart blockage kept Jon from being the top Team Vegan fundraiser, but we’re thrilled to have him back to health!
Notes from Our Members
and I obliterated every previous
Rutgers record – 3,376 students reached with
Even If You Like Meat or Compassionate
Choices, and 43 Guides
handed out! We had so many positive
interactions and conversations!
day at Florida Gulf Coast University, where
we reached almost 1,000 students! Great interactions
with people wanting to make changes. Lots of
folks will no doubt be going vegetarian after
today, with an unbelievable number of administration
and faculty showing interest in going veg or
eating more vegetarian / vegan foods. Two administrators
(on separate occasions) came out of the student
services office and asked for Guides because
their coworkers had received one. Met a professor
who will be a terrific contact. Apparently every
student is required to take a colloquium class
where they discuss ways to improve the world,
and factory farming is covered!
over 1,000 students during our
great outreach at Yale today. Two separate groups
of friends pledged to support each other; gave
them all a Guide. Two guys were so
horrified by what they saw, they were almost
going to get sick. One guy had to close his
eyes and stay still for a few minutes. His mother
is vegan for 30 years, and now he understands.
He and his friend pledged to start by cutting
animal products out of their meals asap!
day at the University of Memphis. Mara
joined me and Victoria, and Kevin stopped by
briefly, and we set a new record: 1,750 students!
Watched students read cover-to-cover and talked
to others very interested in going veg.
and I found a good crowd at Bogart’s
tonite. One woman took a leaflet from me, then
handed it right back saying, “Don’t make
me cry…I keep a lot of animals, I’m OK.”
She came back a few minutes later and asked
for one saying, “I need to read this.”
Then, a young lady came back to us with a few
questions. She was definitely ready to make
the jump because of the animal cruelty issue
but was worried about details. After talking
a bit, she expressed interest in doing outreach!
Valley branch of Chemeketa Community
College was much smaller than I thought, but
things are changing: I went to a small school
in a small town and still met a vegetarian who’s
trying to go vegan, multiple vegetarians, multiple
people who made supportive comments like referring
to factory farming as “horrible,”
and a guy who was totally engrossed in reading
the booklet while he walked around. So I gave
out only 28 Even If You Like Meat booklets,
but 7 Guides.
and I had an epic day at Chico
State. Talked to one woman who said she had
been thinking about going veg all year and she
thinks the booklet is just what she needs to
push her over the edge. Also met another gal
who thinks she wants to move to vegan.