|Enewsletter • September 25, 2013|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Adopt a College: Reaching Thousands Every Day!
Even before all schools have started (including the University of California system), Adopt a College activists are hitting so many schools and setting so many records that their reports have overwhelmed our ability to keep up!
But even with dozens of reports still to enter, activists have handed booklets directly to more than a quarter million students already this semester. That’s right: 250,000+ new people have been reached with a powerful and effective Vegan Outreach booklet!
Thank you so much to all the leafleters and donors who are making this possible! Together, we’re changing thousands and thousands of lives, making the world a truly better place!
From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs
Gyro of the Week
Brent: “I would like to nominate Viana Veggie Gyros – available at Whole Foods. Taste fantastic.”
Notes from Our Members
winter wind at Royal Melbourne
Institute of Technology – so strong, it was
hard to hold the booklets out to people! But
we – Shaunagh [O’Neill, right], Liz [Dealey, below, left], Karina, Souraya [Rainbowbrite, below, right], John, and
I – made quick work of all our booklets. Met
five vegans, which lifted our spirits! Word
is really getting out about our outreach –
more and more people are contacting me.
the enthusiasm at Virginia Commonwealth
University – these students wanted the goods! In large
groups, they were slowing down with their hands
out – I couldn’t keep up with such quick demand!
friend Reem handed out 86 booklets
at Northern Virginia Community College like
a champ. She was a little scared about rejection
but built up her courage and did it! Kassy had
leafleted the school on Monday, and when Reem
leafleted it today, numerous students remembered
getting a booklet yesterday from Kassy; and one
told her that he saw the pictures yesterday
and is planning on completely stopping eating
meat! Go, Reem and Kassy!!!
were flying out of my hands like
hotcakes at SUNY Old Westbury! Met three vegans
and four vegetarians. Five students gave their
emails for a campus group. Good discussions
– one with a student who had been vegetarian
for a few months, but returned to eating animals.
She was concerned about health issues. Gave
her a Guide as well as Jack’s site.
She was very grateful, and said she was going
to try again! A student told me he read the
whole booklet. When I asked what he thought,
he said it was well written, informative, and
not too graphic – a great booklet to get the
for 9.5 hours on the second day
of classes at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Heard from three vegans and 10 vegetarians.
Inspiring to revisit the exact spot in the union
where I met Matt Ball 20 years ago.
MFA handed out 1,500 Compassionate Choices
at Millennium Station. Stephanie talked with
a man who was on his way to Popeye’s,
but after reading the leaflet, turned around
and decided a plant-based dinner would be a
better idea! There were lots of people to talk
to, and we received interest from some vegetarians
looking to go vegan! A fantastic day of outreach.
and I reached 2,100 students at
Santa Rosa Junior College. I had more excited
responses than I could count, and quite a few
“I’m mostly vegan” responses. I talked
to two students who were interested in helping,
one who volunteered before she started the nursing
program, and one who has been emailing the PDF
of the booklet around!
was pleasantly surprised by the
receptive students at Ventura College. Take
rate varied between 90 to 100 percent. Many thanked me
for being there, said they support what I’m
doing, and/or said they love animals. Met one
long-time vegetarian and one woman who’s been
vegan just a month or so. They both got Guides.
had a number of good conversations
at Willamette University. For example, when
I offered a man an Even If You Like Meat, he said,
“I’m against that, but I don’t see anything
that I can do about it right now.” I held
up a Guide and said, “Would you
like this? It has recipes and a good article
about nutrition.” He said yes he would.
More constructive interactions at Linfield College;
e.g., I offered a booklet to a woman, and she
seemed very sad when she saw it. She mumbled
something – I think something about how much
she loves pigs. I asked if she’d like a Guide,
and she brightened. She said, oh yes, she would
like the Guide because she used to
Many wonderful interactions and a new record at Irvine Valley College. The highlight might have been a group of women [top of page] who came back together after getting booklets earlier. I gave a very brief highlight of the benefits of a vegan diet and they said they were interested in changing – they all got Guides. Met Mariel [below, right], who also wants to go veg! Met Doreen [Marciano, below, left] and invited her to help on the spot – she did! Saw others engrossed in reading – gave them Guides and encouragement. And had numerous other positive interactions.
Another new record and uplifting interactions at Moorpark College. Many folks vocalized their support for our efforts: “Thanks for being out there,” “I support what you are doing,” etc. Others told me they read and were affected by the booklet. Best highlights: Pedro [top of page] is now committed to going full-on veg. Melissa also wants to go veg; got a Guide. Andrea [below, right] is thinking of drastically reducing her meat consumption. Another woman [below, center] who was veg-friendly wants to go full vegan and help leaflet next semester! Had many other talks and interactions, and overheard others talking with friends about these issues.
Awesome, epic, splendiferous day at Cerritos College! Reached 2,500 students – a new one-person record – and received awesome feedback. Four separate people came back later saying they wanted to go veg [two at left], another [Jamal, bottom right] said he wanted to eat far less meat. Met a woman, Anna [bottom, center], who has been vegan for five years since reading a VO booklet her friend had gotten at a concert. Saw many sitting and reading [left], walking and reading, just epic. Met Magali [Cota, bottom, left], an aspiring vegan who helped me leaflet most of a class change. Mucha gracia, Magali! Lots of Latino Americans here, 50 percent maybe, so got to practicar mi Español. Extremely tiring and rewarding last three days, so happy to be back at it and getting all the great feedback on the ground. Thank you to all of you who make it possible.