We’re thrilled to announce a new member of the Vegan Outreach team: Brenda Sanders of Baltimore. She’s only been an employee for a few days, but she’s been a great volunteer and mentor for months!
Dawn Moncrief of A Well-Fed World introduced us to Brenda last year when we were starting to seriously look at, and learn about, diversity and equality issues in the AR movement. Brenda offered great advice over email and then really blew us away when we met her in person at the Intersectional Justice Conference in March. She was one of the keynote speakers and we had a chance to get to know her during some of the great vegan meals the Whidbey conference center provided. There’s nothing better than bonding over vegan cupcakes!
One of our guiding principles at Vegan Outreach is that we want a vegan world, not a vegan club.
We want vegan eating to be welcoming, accessible and easy for everyone. We want non-vegans to feel comfortable with our staff and on our website. We want to create outreach events that aren’t attended mostly by people who are already vegan. Brenda has been quietly working on just that approach for years now—and winning!
Brenda is an established food justice and animal rights activist in Baltimore City who has dedicated her life to fighting for justice for vulnerable populations. She organizes events like the Vegan Living Program, an annual six-week vegan education program, Eating for Life, a plant-based cooking workshop, and Vegan SoulFest, a festival that celebrates culture and the vegan lifestyle.
As VO’s Community Engagement Coordinator, Brenda will organize a variety of events promoting vegan eating, engage diverse communities, and promote intersectional social justice work. Brenda will also serve as VO’s representative at Baltimore and DC events.
Make Your Gift Today for More Vegans Tomorrow
At $156,239, we’re well on our way to raising the full $230,000 for Team Vegan! It has taken the generosity of hundreds of individuals like you to get us this far. But we still need help.
If you haven’t donated, please consider making your gift today. Your donation will be matched, so reaching our goal means we can put $460,000 to work for the most abused and neglected animals on the planet.
We need your help to keep the momentum up and reach our goal. Your donation means more vegans, less suffering, and a brighter future for all beings!
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Spring 2016 Activist Spotlights
This semester, Emmanuel Marquez, VO’s Mexico Outreach Coordinator, has traveled to 58 different schools, handing out 25,171 booklets, and Katia Rodriguez, VO’s Mexico Campaigns & Spanish Media Coordinator, has handed out 7,132 booklets at 25 different campuses! Read more.
Lori Stultz, VO’s Rocky Mountain Outreach Coordinator (below, right), has traveled to 49 different schools this semester, handing out 28,636 booklets, and Holly Brown (below, left) has handed out 8,465 booklets at 21 different campuses! Read more.
Carters Visit Rebekah Children’s Services
Kids and staff members at Rebekah Children’s Services got to spend some time with David and Paige Carter. Check out the full story.
|Photo: © Larry J. Mickartz
It’s Easy Being Cheesy with Miyoko’s Kitchen!
Want to eat cheese and help animals at the same time? Throughout the month of June our friends at Miyoko’s Kitchen will donate 1% of online sales to VO. The best part—use our discount code and get 15% off your purchase!
New VO Tank and Tote!
We’ve got new merchandise on our shelves! Details here.
Vic Sjodin Will Walk a Mile for Every $50 Donated
After a recent injury, VO Director of Outreach Vic Sjodin is turning recovery into helping animals. He’s pledged to walk a mile for every $50 donated toward his Team Vegan page by June 30. Read more!
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps!
June 6–12 is Hemp History Week, so we’re doing all things hemp and kicking it off with a review of Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 pure castile soaps, which contain, you guessed it, hemp! Read more.
Vegan Adventures in Utah, Part I
Ride along as VO Board Member Lauren Sprang shares her adventures and good vegan finds in Utah. Full story.
Ginger Peanut Soup
A light yet savory soup—get the recipe!
Chocolate-Dunked Peanut Butter Cookies
Well-known blogger The Minimalist Baker just released a new cookbook, and VO Office Manager Josie Moody endured the burden of trying out one of her new recipes! We’ve got the goods here. (Spoiler alert: These yummy baked goods contain peanut butter and chocolate.)
VO’s Social Media Sites
Follow us on social media for posts about vegan products (including ice cream galore), videos (like this recipe tutorial for Szechuan Chick’n Dumplings from Gardein), comics, and all types of memes to share with your family and friends!
My mentor has been absolutely fantastic! She has always responded promptly to any emails I have sent her and has always been great support. I have found her to be an inspiration to me and she has been brilliant in sending me recipes. I am very pleased that you put me in touch with her.
I could not recommend the mentor service enough for new vegans. It has helped me immensely. When I first began my journey transitioning from vegetarian to vegan, I wondered what on earth I would eat, but now I am happy to say that I am 100% vegan and my only regret is not choosing this lifestyle sooner.
—JF, Perth, Western Australia, 6/6/16
It was great to team up with Bala Vadlamani [below, far left, next to Lana]. She’s a student at Dartmouth and does outreach for MFA. The day was beautiful and the students were very receptive to taking leaflets. In my first 15 minutes of outreach, I heard from three vegans and two vegetarians—nice way to start the day.
Later, a student named Alexa [below, right] said that reading our leaflet last year helped influence her to go vegetarian!
Many thanks to Bala for doing so much to help animals while being a busy student!
—Team Vegan member Lana Smithson, 5/26/16
Asheville VeganFest • June 11 – June 12 • Asheville, NC
Yuri Mitzkewich, VO’s Southeast Outreach Coordinator, will be tabling at this fun event—come out and have a good time, and make sure you stop by Vegan Outreach’s table to say hello! More info.
Vegan: Everyday Stories Movie Screening • June 12 • Portland, OR
This feature-length documentary about the lives of four everyday vegans will be screening in various cities across the US and in Bournemouth, UK. More dates.
More upcoming events.
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.