|Enewsletter • July 3, 2013|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Team Vegan 2013 ROCKED!
We are incredibly grateful to all the members of Team Vegan 2013. 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!
We’d like to give extra-special thanks to Team Vegan-Cat, Power Couple Bockman (above), Joe Espinosa, Leslie Patterson (left), Laura Hart, Audrey Caplan, Barbara Bear, Catherine Berlot, Brian Tomasik, Lauren Farnsworth, Nettie Schwager, Vegas Veg, and Johanna Andris.
And Team Vegan couldn’t have succeeded without our generous group of matching donors – especially Steve, Mark, Brian, Steve, Yvonne and David, Peter, Ari, and Anonymous! Your matching challenge magnified everyone’s impact!
thank you so much to all the great Team Vegan 2013
From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs
Books of the Week
Notes from Our Members
Leafleting gets better and better
at the Homestead Campus of Miami Dade
College; I met more vegetarians / vegans than
ever before. One called back: “I’m vegan!
It’s so awesome you’re out here doing this!”
Not only was this really encouraging, but also
got the crowd much more interested. Watched
dozens of students intensely studying their
booklet, and overheard others discussing the
booklet. One student told me how she’d been
unaware of the cruelty involved in our farming
practices, and said she wouldn’t be looking
at her food choices the same again. Just a few
of the great things that happened on this day of awesome
At Western New England University,
Joseph stopped and asked me if
I was trying to make everyone a vegetarian.
I said I would love that, then explained what
we do at VO: that we are trying to reduce suffering
as much as possible, and it is something that
EVERYONE can do! He said he would read the booklet
and reduce his consumption of animals.
Terrible weather at Syracuse University, but a good spot made the day successful. I got a group of nearly 100 high school kids to take the booklets; they were all excited to read it – heard from 2 girls who really want to go vegan and said the booklets helped.
Hail, snow, and
rain at SUNY Oswego, but Constance and I reached
2,500 students. Met so many people
already veg that we collected their information
to put them in touch with each other. One girl
came back after class to leaflet and took a
couple dozen to her next class.
At CUNY City Tech, one
lady said she got one last time and it made
her not want to eat meat. Another girl was interested
in how the food pics in the back went along
with the animal pictures in the front. I explained
the connection, and went on to tell her that
it’s best to try many different foods and find
the ones we like the best because there are
so many options available.
Great conversations at
Miami University, where Rachel and I reached
1,600 students, despite the rain. Also heard
a number of students discussing the booklet.
Brianne was enthusiastic and got a Guide.
Karin wants to volunteer with VO in the future!
Rochelle said she doesn’t see how she could
eat meat again after reading the booklet, and asked
about what to eat, etc. As she was encouraging her boyfriend to eat less meat, I took a quick pic of them with their Guides [right].
The highlight at
Castleton State was when a young man said he
and a friend had been looking through the booklet
and were disturbed especially by the photo of
the piglets. He went on to ask me some thoughtful
questions, and we had a good discussion. He
said he really liked VO’s approach, and the
information will definitely have an impact.
Great to have my mom’s help at
Utah Valley University and Weber State. Brittany
joined us at UVU, and we reached 2,400 people – a new record for the school! The students were among
the most receptive I’ve ever encountered, and one
professor wants someone to speak to his classes
next semester. Watched lots of students reading
their booklets – especially at Weber, where we reached
another 1,400 students.
Tina and I had great conversations
at Moraine Valley Community College. We heard
from a couple different students who had tried
but failed to be vegan, so Tina gave them some
good tips and Guides. One student
said our visit last semester led her to go veg.
Another woman told us receiving the booklet
caused her to change what she got for lunch.
One student asked for a few leaflets to pass
on. Other students stopped with questions, to
express support, or to ask how they can help
Gave a booklet to the school president
at Niagara College. Reached nearly 600 people, including an interested security
guard; and answered many,
many questions from interested students.
Marley joined me at
Central Piedmont Community College, where we
met Jessica who wants to get involved. We talked
for quite a while, and she said she had goosebumps
up her arms just talking about what we are doing
here! Marcele, a security guard, was excited
about us being there. She recently rescued a
turkey that fell off of a slaughter truck, and
showed us pictures. She asked for more booklets
and I gave her a Guide. She said she
wanted to cut meat out of her diet, and she
hoped we would come back!
John and I reached
over 3,000 students at Brock University, and
had great conversations! Spoke with Sierra,
who told me this was some heavy reading. I mentioned
that as bad as it is, it is fortunate there’s
something we can each do about it; this cheered
her. She thanked me for doing this and left with a Guide in her hand. Also
had an excellent conversation with Beata, who
told me that she never wants to eat eggs again.
As she walked away she turned back and said,
“Thanks for turning me off eggs!”
Win for the chickens! Later, one student said,
“You already gave me one and you convinced
me!” Made sure to Guide her!