Team Vegan Is in Full Swing!

The Team Vegan drive is off and running! At just three days in, we’ve already raised over $12,000 to put toward spreading a vegan lifestyle this year!

Team Vegan members Vic Sjodin, Katia Rodriguez, Emmanuel Marquez, and friendsTeam Vegan member Vic Sjodin and friendTeam Vegan member Katia Rodriguez and NirvanaTeam Vegan member Emmanuel Marquez and friend

Thank you to everyone who got us off to such a great start – donors and fundraisers! Every dollar means more work can be done to spare animals from suffering, and Team Vegan dollars do twice as much!

Please donate today. If everyone gives what they can, this will be the best Team Vegan ever, and the best year for animals!

We need more team members, too! Register for your own Team Vegan page. Upload a photo and profile by May 20, and a generous VO donor will get you started with a $100 donation – putting you that much closer to raising $500 and receiving a Team Vegan cap or jersey.

Click to help us raise $400,000 to inspire more people to go vegan!

Thank you!

 

Baltimore and New England Veg Fests

This past weekend, VO Motivational Speaker & Diversity Specialist David Carter spoke to attendees at the Baltimore Veg Fest. Director of Development Lisa Rimmert staffed the VO table with help from the wonderful Brian Ottens. Thank you to everyone who listened to David and stopped by our table to chat!

David Carter at Baltimore Veg Fest
Lisa Rimmert and Brian Ottens at Baltimore Veg FestLisa Rimmert at Baltimore Veg FestBrian Ottens at Baltimore Veg Fest

On Sunday, Lana Smithson, our New England Outreach Coordinator, tabled at the New England VegFest:

This was one of my favorite tablings at a veg fest. It was super busy with a nice crowd. Lots of folks signed up for the e-newsletter. VO bumper stickers and buttons were popular. Vegan Mentor Program cards were picked up. I heard a number of “I love Vegan Outreach” comments. Many thanks to VegWorcester for organizing this annual event.

Lana Smithson at New England VegFest

 

DC and Baltimore Green Dinners

Hip Hop Is Green’s 10th Element of Hip Hop Health & Wellness Tour stopped in Washington, DC, and Baltimore on April 28 and May 2, respectively. Kids and adults alike learned about plant-based eating, enjoyed a delicious and free vegan meal, and received VO booklets.

Baltimore Hip Hop Green Dinner

Thank you to Hip Hop Is Green founder Keith Tucker and Chef Ariella Bangs, VO supporter and volunteer Brian Ottens, and a huge shout-out to the local activists who made it happen: Naijha Wright-Brown of Land of Kush restaurant, Brenda Sanders of PEP Foods and Baltimore Vegan SoulFest, Maureen Cohen Harrington, Ingrid Antonio, Gregory Brown, and so many others. This was grassroots activism at its finest, and we’re grateful to work with all these vegan superstars. Keep an eye on Vegan Outreach news for more cities and dinners!

 

On Mentoring New Vegans: An Interview with Jean Bettanny

Jean Bettanny, VO’s Vegan Mentor Program Coordinator, speaks to Rebecca Fox of Reasonable Vegan. Excerpts:

A vegan mentor is a volunteer from anywhere in the world (currently 28 countries and every U.S. state except two), usually a longtime vegan, who would like to help others one-on-one with adopting and maintaining a cruelty-free lifestyle.…

This program is just as important for mentors as for mentees. I hear from so many people who want to help animals by spreading this nonviolent philosophy, but have no real outlet for doing so. This huge amount of untapped passion is a valuable resource that needs to be harnessed for the benefit of this movement and to address recidivism among vegans.…

In my opinion, the word “vegan” is a useful, shorthand way of identifying one’s philosophy and I think we should own it, making it clear that it is synonymous with a compassionate lifestyle, not just a diet.…

Sign up here. New mentors and mentees are always welcome!

Be a part of our Vegan Mentor Program!

 

From the VO Blog

Vegan in Boise, Idaho!
VO Board Member Lauren Sprang reports on vegan eateries and other attractions in Boise.

Veggie Supreme Sandwich with Sweet & Sour Cabbage Soup

Tofurky Does Burgers!
Check out Jack Norris, RD’s, review of the new Tofurky burgers and their Avocado Mango Burger recipe.

Tofurky Does Burgers!

 

Recent Feedback

Gaby Barbado, Sande Nosonowitz, and I handed out 871 booklets at Dutchess Community College today.

I arrived earlier than planned and spoke with three students, at different times, who said they were thinking about going veg and that this outreach motivates them. I told them about VO’s Vegan Mentor Program (VMP).

A man thanked me for a booklet, stating that he was determined to eat healthier. He got a Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating.

Diamond told me that she was vegetarian in the past, but was getting headaches. We discussed some different health issues, I told her about the VMP, and she wants to try again.

Tianni took a Your Choice and asked for another one for her boyfriend. I gave her a Guide and VMP info; and Sande, who is a vegan coach, said she’d help her too.

Sande also had a great discussion with Lea [below], who felt very sad about what happens to the animals she read about in Your Choice. Lea could not believe the horror. She wants to make a change in her eating, but was worried about money and convenience. We told her about the VMP, and Sande offered to assist her directly, since they hit it off so well.

—Karen James, 4/22/16

Lea and Sande at DCC

 

Vegan Outreach is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to expose and end cruelty to animals through the widespread distribution of our booklets promoting plant-based eating and compassion for animals.

All donations are fully tax-deductible.

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