|Enewsletter • October 30, 2013|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Changing Lives, Every Single Day!
As you can see below, and on our blog, Facebook, and feedback page, Vegan Outreach’s incredible activists are handing booklets directly to new people every single day – powerfully exposing the animals’ hidden plight and convincing more and more individuals to make compassionate choices!
Every day, our efforts together are changing lives – and changing the world!
Each one of you – donors and leafleters working together – makes this possible!
Thank you so much for being a part of this powerful, necessary work!
From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs
Product of the Week
Barbara: “Have you had Trader Joe’s coconut cashews? I discovered them on my way back from leafleting yesterday. Quite tasty!”
Notes from Our Members
MFA team had another awesome day
of outreach at the University of Illinois, Chicago,
handing 1,400 Compassionate Choices to
a diverse range of college students. What’s
so fantastic about leafleting to students is
how receptive and open-minded they are. Not
only are they more likely to accept pro-veg
lit, but they graciously accept with smiles
on their faces. Most were excited to be receiving
something that would help them on their journeys
to becoming more educated, conscientious consumers.
We also had the pleasure of running into a multitude
of vegetarians and vegans who said they would
share their Compassionate Choices booklet
with their non-veg friends. John from FARM also
joined team MFA today to help educate students
on the ills of factory farming. Without MFA’s
compassionate volunteers, we wouldn’t
have had such a successful and positive day
was a really strong day of outreach
at Lock Haven University! Set a new record and
got to chat with some really cool students!
Cyrus [above] was a friendly vegetarian, happy I was
on tour hitting so many schools! Heather [right] said
she went vegetarian in February, so I asked
her if she’d ever considered a vegan lifestyle.
It was a very positive interaction and I’m confident
that the next time we hit Lock Haven she’ll
be doing well as a vegan! Gave Guides to two young women [below, left] horrified by the images in
the Even If You Like Meat booklet.
At first, they told me that despite considering
going vegetarian in the past, they thought the
dietary change wouldn’t make any change in terms
of the animals involved. I explained that as
consumer demand drops, more and more animals
will be spared lives of cruelty, to which they
responded that they hadn’t really considered
that. From there, they asked other questions;
I ended by suggesting they try to eat veg a
few days each week to get started – they seemed
enthusiastic! Also met two vegetarian students
[below, right] outside the dining hall who were happy to see
me on campus leafleting. A very positive day
of thank yous and positive comments
at Hudson Valley Community College. One student
in particular had trouble expressing himself
because of a language barrier, but he seemed
awed and really grateful that someone would
be passing out lit promoting compassion. He
finally blurted out, “I’m vegan!” and before walking on, “It is good you are
doing this.” The look in his eyes will
stay with me for a long time.
day at Farmingdale State College! So
many great interactions! Joey walked by, held
up his booklet and said that his girlfriend
got a VO booklet from me last year, and she
is now vegan! And he almost is!
a while since I got out from behind
the computer and onto the street, so it felt
great to join Team MFA at DePaul University.
It was also Jessie’s first time leafleting.
Thanks to some training from Becki and lots
of online reading, she did great and got more
and more comfortable as the event went on. By
the end she was “pumped for next time.”
Big thanks to Stephanie and Alan, too!
Friday the 13th was an extra special
day for Kim and Jessica. Why? It was their very
first time leafleting! Jessica was inspired
by Vic at AR2013 to give it a shot. She was
hesitant at first and watched Sarah and me. Then
Jessica and Kim took that first step forward
and asked, “Help animals?” The four
of us [left] reached more than 3,000 students at the University
of Maryland, College Park!
a retired cop, joined me at Villanova
University, and he was so amazing! So happy
we were there – reached 1,000 students! At
Bryn Mawr, a great take-rate! About
98% of people accepted a booklet and seemed
genuinely interested! Met a ton of vegetarians,
and I grabbed all of their email addresses and
emailed them about our work. One of them now
is applying for an internship with The Humane
League! So excited!
the melting heat, Yvonne [LeGrice, in background at right] and I
reached over 2,150 students at Pasadena City
College. Met Ackles [above left], who now wants to go veg.
Also had a good conversation with Chris [above, center], who
is very interested in eating veg. Another Guide
went to Beth [above, right], who is also very interested in
Jenny, and Laila joined me for
a quick leafleting at the University of Toronto.
Heard from a student who started off declaring
how much he liked meat and would hunt if possible,
but ended up saying he is already eating several
vegan meals a week and would probably go vegan
Pretty great day at Marquette University. Heard from a few vegetarians and vegans, and a few people stopped to see what organization I was with. Thankfully, Rachel [Golusinski, above] was able to join me for a few class changes, and we reached more than 1,700 students – a new one-day record!
1,450 students at Contra Costa
College, and had great conversations. One that
started with “Will this make our bacon
better?” turned into a very productive
conversation about how it couldn’t ever be humane
to kill a healthy animal! Definitely got those
mental gears turning. Talked with another student
who is now phasing out meat.
Biggest day in Tennessee VO leafleting history – Lauren [Walker, below] and I reached 3,400 students at Middle Tennessee State. During a conversation with a young woman who said she didn’t think she could give up meat, Lauren covered how it doesn’t have to be all or nothing.