Fall ’16 Leafleting Superstars: Parts II & III

Welcome back to our three-part series featuring this semester’s top Adopt a College leafleters! Part two highlights the work of Jevranne Martel, Katia Rodriguez, Rachel Shippee, and John Deetjen.

In part three, Kimberly Moffatt, Emmanuel Marquez, Sam Tucker, Yuri Mitzkewich, and Steve Erlsten recall their favorite outreach experiences of the semester.

Leafleting superstars Katia and Emmanuel with UAZ students Ruben and Janeth
Above (from left): In Zacatecas, Ruben decided to try going vegan after receiving a booklet from Katia Rodriguez, and ex-vegetarian Janeth decided to start eating veg again after getting a booklet from Emmanuel Marquez!

 

Florida Festival Outreach

By Yuri Mitzkewich, VO Southeast Outreach Coordinator

Huge day of outreach on December 3 at the South Florida VegFest in Fort Lauderdale! It was great having so much help on hand and wonderful seeing such strong interest from folks—ticket sales were over 9000, and lines at the door were initially reaching two blocks out from the venue. Incredible!

Michele Anello, Jennifer Mennuti, Marla Gross, and Yuri Mitzkewich at South Florida VegFest
Above (from left) are Michele Anello, Jennifer Mennuti, Marla Gross, and Yuri Mitzkewich.

At the VO table, Jen, Marla, and Michele did super work talking folks up and keeping the action flowing with the iAnimal equipment. It was really awesome seeing the heavy interest in watching the Animal Equality footage. Seeing the virtual-reality headsets at our table, vegans would bring over friends to watch, plus many just wanted to see for themselves what pigs are subjected to in becoming disposable products for food. At times, lines formed five to six people deep waiting to watch. And very moving responses from those who talked to us afterwards! Many asked questions about the video and the common slaughter practices shown, and most took info and also asked what they could do to transition to plant-based eating. While all this action was happening at the table, Jyoti Chawla again did fantastic work sharing our Compassionate Choices booklets with the crowds!

iAnimal at South Florida VegFest

We also did very well finding new volunteers. My favorite part was hearing that two of these people who want to get involved are former students who had actually first been reached by VO at the campuses they attended locally. Both Daniella [below, center] and her friend had transitioned to becoming vegan thanks to volunteers who leafleted her at Florida International University a year earlier.

Daniella & friend and Angel at South Florida VegFest

The same was reported to us by Angel [above, right]. Turned out he’d transitioned to vegan after getting a VO leaflet at the Miami Dade College Kendall Campus back in 2012. Saving the leaflet to read later, he did so upon returning home, and said he almost immediately began taking steps to avoid animal consumption. After a year from that moment, he’d transitioned fully to vegan, and now stopped to tell us he was ready to do his part to pay it forward so others could be reached to do the same!

Such an amazing, productive day for the animals!

 

Put Your Compassion in Action! Intern with VO in 2017

Calling all animal activists who are interested in interning for Vegan Outreach!

 

Donor Spotlight: Laura Bruess

Meet one of Vegan Outreach’s fastest supporters, Laura Bruess.

VO donor Laura Bruess

 

Holiday Lunch and Presentation at Holy Faith Episcopal Church

As part of our Community Engagement Initiative, VO presented a holiday lunch and speakers to the congregation of Holy Faith Episcopal Church in Inglewood. Special thanks to Follow Your Heart, Melissa’s Produce, and Tofurky for donating the delicious food that had the congregation buzzing about a vegan lifestyle!

VO volunteer Anasylvia Torres at holiday lunch

 

December Giveaway Winners: Wanyama Box and Beyond Bags

Congratulations to our December giveaway winners!

Beyond Bag and Wanyama Box

 

St. Francis Alliance Plans a Vegan Retreat!

St. Francis Alliance: Faithful Voices for Animals is hosting the very first American Catholic retreat focused on animal protection. If you’re a person of faith and would like to spend quality time with other like-minded vegans, we’ve got some awesome news for you!

St. Francis of Assisi

 

Video: Interview with VO Executive Director, Jack Norris

Did you know VO cofounder Jack Norris is a registered dietitian? In this video, he talks with Paul Kelly of Raw and Cooked Vegan about a wide range of vegan nutrition topics—and more!

Video: Paul Kelly interviews Jack Norris

 

Video: Tips for Enjoying the Holidays as a Vegan

Holiday gatherings aren’t always easy when you’re the only vegan in the crowd. Don’t worry, Kim Sujovolsky, founder of Brownble, has got your back with this useful list of tips that will undoubtably make your holidays more enjoyable!

Video: Tips for Enjoying the Holidays as a Vegan

 

Charlie’s Brownies

You’ll be craving chocolate brownies after you read this awesome interview with Charlie Fyffe, founder of LA-based, all-vegan bakery Charlie’s Brownies. This young entrepreneur’s rise to success is a story you don’t want to miss!

Charlie Fyffe of Charlie’s Brownies

 

Pumpkin Pie Mousse

If you’re a fan of pumpkin-flavored goodies, you’re going to want to try this delicious mousse recipe!

Pumpkin Pie Mousse

 

Easy Coconut Cinnamon Rolls

Coconut Cinnamon Rolls…You’re welcome.

Easy Coconut Cinnamon Rolls
Photo: © Sharon Palmer, RDN, The Plant-Powered Dietitian

 

Recent Feedback

From VO’s India Outreach Coordinator, Pooja Rathor:

Inderpal Singh [below, left] and I had great conversations while vegucating a diverse crowd on Friday at the India International Trade Fair in New Delhi. The parents of a 14-year-old girl asked us to talk about vegan nutrition with their daughter; the mother [below, right] said, “We are already vegetarians, and we are ready to make changes but we want our kids to understand it too.”

Inderpal Singh and readers at IITF

We had a great time leafleting with Mauricio Herrera [below, left], an activist from DxE Chicago; together we handed out 1,890 booklets, and the volunteers of Mission Swasth Bharat [below, right] took 200 to give out along with their forms.

Mauricio Herrera and Mission Swasth Bharat volunteers at IITF

Today Inderpal [below, left] and I leafleted inside the fair and reached another 2,150 people. We met Ravi Kumar, a DAV school teacher who spotted us and said, “I got the same leaflet near my school. My family and I have reduced the consumption of dairy because of it.” We also met a group of teenagers who were really shocked after knowing the facts; Priya said, “The media should focus on this topic more than any other issues.” It was great to see so many people initiating conversations and discussing the booklets.

—Pooja Rathor (below, right), VO India Outreach Coordinator, 11/27/16

Inderpal Singh and Pooja Rathor at IITF

 

Upcoming Events

Compassionate Holiday Meal and Presentation • December 17 • Alamogordo, NM
If you live in or near Alamogordo, NM, we want you to join Vegan Outreach and Otero Veg for a delicious holiday meal and an engaging presentation about healthy and conscious eating—complete with free goodie bags, coupons, and recipe ideas! More info.

Devil’s Dash at Cedar Lakes Woods & Gardens • January 7 • Williston, FL
More info.

More upcoming events.

 

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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.

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