|ENEWSLETTER • JAN. 15, 2014|
Specialize and Network
Vegan Outreach is dedicated to reducing suffering as much as possible.
To this end, we strive to be as efficient as possible. In the early days, being efficient meant that Matt, Jack, and I hand-collated, stapled, and folded thousands of booklets. Thankfully, our outreach has outgrown our living room! But our emphasis on efficiency continues.
A large part of being efficient is specializing. Vegan Outreach specializes in distributing compelling booklets to young people, for the reasons discussed here.
We coordinate with national and regional groups, as well as with local and student groups, so the maximum number of people can be reached with minimal duplication of effort. Vegan Outreach shares our information via our Adopt a College site, so activists across North America can access it quickly and easily.
Vegan Outreach provides the hub – the outreach material and the data necessary to know who, what, where, when, and how. Our networks of groups, organizations, individuals, hosts, and helpers across the continent are the spokes.
Vegan Outreach specializes and networks so no one has to reinvent the wheel. Rather, we can be the wheel. And we can drive the movement forward efficiently, creating positive progress for the animals.
—Anne Green, Director of Development and Programs | Full article.
From Vegan Outreach’s Blog
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Amazing interactions at Riverside City College – I spoke with around 20 people! Met Raymond [below, right], who read the booklet and got a bean burrito for lunch, and now wants to be vegan! Was a breakthrough interaction with much gratitude for VO.
Valerie [right] said she was gonna “have to go back
to being vegan” after reading the booklet and got a Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating. Her friends supported her and said they would
eat vegan meals with her and consider eating
fewer animals. They walked off together discussing
My absolute favorite interaction
of the semester was with Luis [above, right]. He
was sitting on a bench when I offered him a booklet,
and before you know it we have a 15-minute conversation
(while Andy [MacKenzie, below] leafleted the trickle of students). Luis
had so many penetrating questions – on animal ethics,
treatment, fast food, etc. He was very inquisitive
and was super interested in going veg, then he floored
me and asked to help leaflet for a 1/2 hour. He also
took booklets “to give to the girls in his class.”
leafleting at George Brown College
today, I chatted with a student who had tried
being vegan for a couple of months but found
it too difficult. I asked her what was the
issue, and she said things like bread ingredients,
cake, chocolate. I told her not to stress
out too much over very small ingredients
such as in bread. She hadn’t thought
of dark chocolate! She took a Guide and
is going to give it another go!
Plant Strong Ramapo represented
the veggie movement with a table at Ramapo College’s Food Day celebration! I met a
lot of vegans and vegetarians on campus,
and others who are veggie-curious! Today,
our club started a petition to start a
Meatless Monday. After the event, I
stopped by to talk to dining services.
Turns out, they’ve already been secretly
serving Meatless Mondays! They weren’t
sure of how the students would react, but
now we’re planning to make Mondays a known
celebration of compassion here at Ramapo!
Win for the farmed animals!
out as quite the windy and cold
day at Rutgers, but quickly became SUCH a sunny
day (in the metaphorical sense). THL volunteers
and I reached 2,200 students, and met about
a dozen vegetarians and vegans. I got all their emails, and am now sending
them emails to get them involved with the veg club on campus. So happy!
couple of days in Louisiana,
with great feedback; e.g., “Thrilled
that you’re here. I’m vegan.” “Oh
my God, I wanna be a vegetarian.” “I’m
trying to be more of a vegetarian.” A
young woman told me that when driving recently,
she saw feathers flying up on her dashboard.
She then drove by a truck full of chickens,
bound for slaughter. She said that it was horrible.
She was glad to receive info from us. Another
student let us know that they talked about
the issue in class, all due to us being there.
Pretty much every single day of this tour,
I’ve exchanged info with someone who wants
to get involved – I have a big backlog of people
to contact when I get home.
Reached over 1,000 students at Florida A&M, despite the steady rain. Talked with a number of people and got positive feedback. Also met up with the president of the local student group afterwards and gave her some booklets for a food giveaway the next day.
The University of New Orleans has lots of vegans – I gave 46 people a Guide – and is one of my favorites. Also love Southern University at New Orleans – great response! Talked to a student who had been vegan for a bit but felt sluggish and went back to eating meat.
Great conversation with her; at the end, she said
she probably was not getting enough calories,
and will work her way back to veganism incrementally.
Then met a sweetheart of a student whose goal is to
be a vet, so he was thrilled to read about how he
can change his diet because he loves animals. Also
met a vegan student who proudly told me that his sister
is vegan as well.
At Georgia State, one student told me she
had gotten a Compassionate Choices in 2009
and had been vegetarian ever since. Another
student was really excited to see me on campus
and wants to leaflet with me next time.
a chilly afternoon here in Chicago,
but Team MFA warmed up DePaul University. We
handed 900 Compassionate Choices to
appreciative students, many of whom expressed
a great deal of enthusiasm upon receiving the
booklet – lots of high fives and thumbs up.
Heard from one gentleman who has been vegetarian since
getting one of these booklets three years ago.
fun day of outreach at the Chicagoween festival! We all dressed up in costumes which
added some extra fun to leafleting! I
had a really good conversation with this guy
who was horrified to find out what happens
to animals in the food industry. I gave him
a Guide. Fantastic day!
City College was already busy at 7:30 – I reached 2,100 students before 2:00! I had a great conversation with a bodybuilder who wants to go vegan because he doesn’t want to
support animal cruelty. Others were
excited to receive Guides and shift
toward a vegan diet!
take rate at South Seattle Community College!
Talked with several students, and one woman came to get a booklet and seemed very grateful
that someone was doing this work. Decent
take rate in the afternoon at Seattle Pacific University, too. A good day!
an awesome day of outreach
at Carleton University today! Ali Pester
and I were able to reach 2,413 students in
just 3 hours! Ali met Genevieve, a student
who was already vegan but looking to get
more engaged in activism! Later, Ali met
another student who, along with her boyfriend,
is now veg after getting a VO leaflet last semester!